Saturday December 27 promises to be full to the brim of festive fun and frolics when Neil Delamere and Jason Byrne come to the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre. A double helping of comedy genius arrives in Castlebar and Christmas Craic ! is a show not to be missed. Neil Delamere is one of the top headline acts working in the Irish comedy scene today and is one of the biggest factors in the huge success of RTE television’s hit show The Panel. Having performed on five continents, he staged his debut solo show in the Edinburgh festival in 2004. His live stand-up set was then recorded for the BBC comedy series One Night Stand. Hailed by the Irish Independent for his countless MC skills, Neil is the regular compere at several gigs round Dublin. He has performed all over Ireland as well as at the prestigious Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He featured in both series of the TV stand-up show Liffey Laughs. Neil also presented the RTE television series covering the Montreal festival for two years in a row as well as The World Stands Up for Paramount. Apart from being one of the stars of The Panel, alongside Andrew Maxwell and Colin Murphy, Neil is also a regular on The Blame Game, a topical TV show for the BBC. “No TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit” – The Irish Times.
One of the most exciting comedy performers and hailed by both the national press and public alike, Jason Byrne is a “must see” comedian. Jason’s inspired, original brand of high-energy lunacy ensures that there is presently no other comedian like him. His fast, free-wheeling style, fused with an array of offbeat props, makes his act a helter-skelter of a show – where the audience are promised the ride of their lives.
He has been one of the fastest selling performers at the last 11 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, where his sell-out shows have attracted Best Headliner Chortle Award in 2007, a nomination for 1998 Perrier Newcomer Award, and then a much revered Perrier Award Nomination for his outstanding 2001 show. He was also winner of the 2004 Forth One Fringe Award and continues to play to packed houses through Ireland and the UK. With a strong international profile, Jason has performed in New York, Boston, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, Milan and Paris. As well as often appearing alongside Neil Delamere on The Panel, Jason has fronted four series of his hit television series Anonymous on RTE. He has also appeared in several films as well as in numerous projects for BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Tickets can be booked through www.theroyal.ie, www.ticketmaster.ie, any ticketmaster outlet nationwide or, for the price of a local call, the box office of the Royal Castlebar at 0818 300000.