'It's a funny old world' with Brendan Grace at Galway Town Hall 

It is a funny old world when seen through the eyes of Brendan Grace. The enigmatic Dubliner has been entertaining audiences in Ireland and further afield for decades with his array of characters and his ability to tell a yarn.

There is the sanctimonious priest who knows more than he's telling: ''Blessed is he who gets married in the nick of time." There is the father of the bride who makes a speech at his daughter's 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.

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 you to him, and his off-stage persona is very much a 'man of the people' as he makes himself available after each performance for a photo and meet and greet.

Brendan Grace will be the Town Hall Theatre this Saturday. Tickets cost €25 at the box office. Call 091 569777 for further information.

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