Brendan Grace at Radisson Blu Athlone and Shearwater Ballinasloe

Renowned Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, is to perform two local shows this coming January in the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe and the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone.

Grace will first visit the Shearwater on Wednesday, January 11; later performing in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, on Saturday, January 28, from 8pm.

Grace's material owes more to the best of the traditional stand-up-comics than it does to modern alternative humour, and his show is very much one for all the family. There is a sincerity about his act that endears an audience to him. Off-stage he is very much a man of the people, making himself available after each show for a photo and a meet and greet.

Grace is known for his sharp and witty humour and the fantastic characters he morphs into on stage. He is the sanctimonious priest who knows more than he's telling: ''Blessed is he who gets married in the nick of time''; the father of the bride making a speech at his daughters wedding: ''She could have married someone with money; she could have married someone who was working. She could have married someone who wasn't working but was willing to work.''

Then there is the schoolboy with the unspeakable personal habits and a fine line in sympathy pleas. Brendan Grace is all of these and more. Each cock-eyed portrait he paints has a ring of truth that brings audiences to the point of apoplexy.

Tickets for both the Shearwater and Radisson shows cost €30 and can be purchased from both hotel receptions, from Zhivago in Galway, and from www.ticketmaster.ie

For more information call the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe on (090 ) 9630400 or the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone on (090 ) 6442600.

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