Comic Adam looking for funny new faces


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BRAY MAN man and sea­soned wrestler Adam Burke, who has been work­ing the com­edy cir­cuit in Dublin for the last year, has been in­spired to give lo­cals the chance to cut their teeth in the busi­ness at a brand new com­edy open mic start­ing in the Har­bour Bar this Fri­day.

Hardy Har kicks off at 8 p.m. this week­end, with five fresh open mic acts fol­lowed by a sup­port and head­line with more ex­pe­ri­ence. The show will be on the third Fri­day of ev­ery month af­ter that.

Adam ad­vises peo­ple re­ally in­ter­ested in see­ing what’s on of­fer and en­joy­ing a few laughs to get down early to get a seat near the stage.

There is no charge on the door for this am­bi­tious and ex­cit­ing new project, on which Adam has been work­ing tire­lessly for over a month.

‘I’ve been do­ing com­edy for about a year all over Dublin,’ he said. ‘And while the Bray Com­edy Club on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month is fan­tas­tic, there is noth­ing like this closer to home for comics to cut their teeth on.’

While ini­tially the bulk of the per­form­ers will be from Dublin, Adam hopes that their sets will en­cour­age Bray tal­ent to have a go and see if they have what it takes to be the next com­edy great.

‘I know there are peo­ple here in Bray who can do it, and they need a plat­form like this to get started,’ he said.

While the slots are full for Oc­to­ber, and al­most full for Novem­ber, he would love to hear from any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing to the stage for the com­ing months, with Adam him­self as MC. The for­mat will have the five new acts on first, fol­lowed by a break then the sup­port and head­line co­me­di­ans, many of whom will have had ex­pe­ri­ence in Ed­in­burgh, Kilkenny, and other fes­ti­vals and com­pe­ti­tions across Ire­land and the UK.

‘A lot of the acts will be on the verge of break­ing in to the next level,’ he said, adding that this month’s main per­former Ross Brown, who is from Cork, has been do­ing gigs for al­most three years.

‘The idea came from gig­ging around the city,’ said Adam, a na­tive of Moun­tain­view Drive, who has com­peted in ‘So You Think You’re Funny,’ has been a quar­ter fi­nal­ist in the Bul­mers com­pe­ti­tion, played a num­ber of clubs in Dublin in­clud­ing the Laugh­ter Lounge, Bat­tle of the Axe and Nep­tune. ‘I wanted to set some­thing up reg­u­larly and closer to home,’ he said.

Adam doesn’t get ner­vous about get­ting on stage, hav­ing wres­tled for years as al­ter-ego Adam-Abz. ‘At least I don’t have to worry about in­juries! I’ve al­ways been an­i­mated and in­ter­acted with the crowd, this is the same thing without get­ting in­jured!’

He will get things go­ing on Fri­day night, in­tro­duc­ing the acts and dip­ping into his own ma­te­rial which takes a cyn­i­cal look at Ir­ish life.

‘It’s all about a nice group of peo­ple all in it for the same rea­son,’ he said. ‘I hope the lads will all be wait­ing un­til the end of the month to get out to Bray for some laughs.’

To con­tact Adam about putting your name down for fu­ture shows call him on (086) 0750122.

Adam Burke, who is giv­ing lo­cals the chance to cut their teeth in com­edy.

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