Stand-up in the School­yard

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

STAND-UP com­edy is com­ing to Charleville on Satur­day, June 23, when sea­soned per­form­ers Tony Black and Dakota Mick bring their unique blend of laugh­ter and madness to the School­yard Theatre.

Both men have been mak­ing quite a splash on the com­edy cir­cuit lo­cally and are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing their show on the road.

Tony Black is a veteran of the en­ter­tain­ment cir­cuit. He be­gan as a ma­gi­cian and is well­known through­out the coun­try for his stage hyp­no­sis show. Now he is fo­cus­ing on com­edy, but he might throw in the odd trick, or put the odd spec­ta­tor to sleep, if the mood hits him.

Tony has shared stages with many big names, from Ardal O’Han­lon and Gra­ham Nor­ton in their stand-up days, to more re­cently known co­me­di­ans. He is four times Ir­ish magic cham­pion, and has per­formed ex­ten­sively through­out Europe.

“My magic was al­ways com­edy ori­en­tated, so in the last few years I have been con­cen­trat­ing more and more on pure stand-up. And au­di­ences seem to love it,” he said.

Dakota Mick is a for­mer US Ma­rine who mar­ried an Ir­ish wo­man and fol­lowed her to Cork.

“I met her while I was serv­ing in Hawaii. I thought, Ire­land is an is­land too. How dif­fer­ent can it be?” he joked.

Born in Dakota, he grew up in the heart of coun­try mu­sic, and strummed a mean gui­tar be­fore switch­ing to com­edy. He still sings on oc­ca­sions, and has created some hi­lar­i­ous par­ody of coun­try hits and stan­dards.

“Pic­ture Garth Brooks singing about a lock-in at a ru­ral Cork pub, and you get the idea,” he ex­plained. “There will be plenty of com­edy on the night, but I am bring­ing my gui­tar, and I will get them singing.”

Keep it Coun­try will be in Charleville for one night only, at the School­yard Theatre, as part of the comic duo’s Mun­ster tour. The night prom­ises to be a mix of hi­lar­i­ous stand-up rou­tines and skits, with the oc­ca­sional song and magic trick thrown in. There might even be a bit of hyp­no­sis! The show is at 8pm on Satur­day, June 25. Tick­ets are €15. They are avail­able on the door, or by phon­ing 087 1804870.

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