2016 Comedy Highlights

January – Joe Rooney

2016 kicked off with a jam-packed show from manic Irish funnyman Joe Rooney. Best know for his performance as Father Damo in legendary Irish cult comedy Father Ted, Joe had the audience in stitches with a set that included hilariously inappropriate rockstar nursery rhymes and witty observations, delivered with his trademark Irish wit.

February – Phil Kay


Part poet, part raconteur, part cosmic clown, Scottish underground legend Phil Kay swept into Barcelona in February. Weaving surreal streams of comic consciousness with lyrical wisdom, Phil bewildered the audience with a frantic set of his unique style of comedy. Seemingly entirely off-the-cuff and utterly brilliant, this was a seasoned comedian at the peak of his powers.

April – Geoff Boyz

April saw another side-splitting Scot at the Shamrock. Geoff Boyz brought brilliant observational comedy and dead-on impressions to keep the crowd laughing throughout. An interesting blend of smooth Scotch charm and explosive delivery made for a great set.

May – Danny O’Brien


An uproariously funny set from Irish comedian Danny O’Brien left the crowd grinning from ear to ear at the Shamrock in May. Danny touched on topics such as the deranged whimsy of his countryfolk and the trauma caused by mixing wine with Beyoncé. It was a show full of high energy, sharp anecdotes and non-stop laughter from one of Ireland’s fastest rising stars.

September – John Scott

The start of the new autumn season at the Shamrock saw a scorching set from John Scott as part of the ‘best of the Fringe special’. A consummate storyteller armed with killer punchlines and a punk sensibility, the Scottish comedian mercilessly ripped into middle class England, particularly Margaret Thatcher and her legacy. A brilliant performance from one of Scotland’s finest.

October – Tom O’Mahony

A hugely entertaining and effortlessly engaging comic, Tom ‘the Bear’ O’Mahony brought good craic to the Shamrock in October. A natural born storyteller Tom mixed a no-nonsense grizzly-man style with off-beat, pinpoint observations on the modern world.

November – Martin Mor


A packed Shamrock audience were treated to hilarious anecdotes from madcap Northern Irish comic Martin Mor in November. The self-proclaimed ’travelling comedian’ and bearded raconteur told tales of weird and wonderful comedy gigs from around the world, including a peak performance atop Mount Everest.