Comic Adam looking for funny new faces
COMEDY OPEN MIC AT THE HARBOUR BAR
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.