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something about Improv The Hotbed of Irish Comedy Performance
have Neil Delamere, Eleanor Tiernan, Tony
Ferns and Keith Farnan all got in common?
They were all in the Hapenny Laughs Improv Troupe!
What makes improv so infectious? Perhaps its including
every audience suggestion, the brilliant atmosphere, or the
magical on the spot creativity but great improv is
always wonderful to witness. This is probably what had a lot
to do with launching so many Irish stand ups, skilled in the
art of welcoming an audiences ideas, with fast thinking reaction
and spontaneous creativity.
The Hapenny Laughs Improv Comedy Troupe have been gigging
for 19 years! You can go and see them strutting their spontaneous
improv stylings every month on the last Thursday in the Hapenny
Bridge Inn. But this month is their 19th Birthday!
Boombastic by Shaggy was no.1 and a new group of
Improvers took to the stage for the first time. A few went
to a FÁS course in comedy! They went to the first year
of the Cat Laughs Festival in 1995. They squeezed into a workshop
with Chicago based Improvers Second City,
famous for Steve Carell and Bill Murray among
many others. After that, the rest is history!
McMahon, Tony Ferns, Colman Higgins (the
only one with the internet at that time) and Grainne McEntee
took to the stage in the Hapenny Bridge Inn soon joined
by Richard Maloney, with Coolios Gangstas
Paradise ringing in their ears in 1995, during Augusts
biggest heat wave, their first show was a scorcher! At that
time there was one improv show, the Dublin Comedy Improv,
now there was two
the 2nd longest running live Improv
show in Ireland.
1996 The Hapenny Laughs did the only fringe show to
the Cat Laughs Festival in 1996, now theyre a regular
fringe feature ever since. Soon Colm O'Grady and Claire
McKenna joined and they brought their own unique style.
Trained circus performers, they held the stage with a powerful
presence of physicality and acting skills that blended wonderfully
with crowd suggestions and the already established talents
of Colman, Brian, Richard, Grainne, and Tony. With the increasing
demands of stand-up, they asked the doorman to step up in
Brians place, that was Ciaran McMahon, Brians
brother, hilarious, but twice as good looking (he wrote this).
Eleanor Tiernan, Keith Farnan, Neil Delamare
A CRACK @ THE LUCKY DUCK!!
COMPETE for The Lucky Duck
Award & CERTIFICATE on
for, by the audience & you could be the weekly No
1 at the CLUB
is there anyone in your workplace, college or friend who
would like to have a go? Get your mate up on our stage now
Singer/Songwriters & Talented Troops! Step right up!
GO FOR IT! WHY WAIT?
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO?
Prepare well a 7min piece of Stand-up
comedy or 2 songs or a couple of tunes or a few short poems;
bring in your sketch/improv group etc. [Not too much
PREPARE AND PRACTICE YOUR PERFORMANCE
WELL IN ADVANCE. Then PERFORM
OPEN MIC STAGE
NOT FORGET! You can go all the way from The Battle
of the Axe to the biggest stages in the world To Vicar
St, The O2, The Conan O'Brien Show, The Comedy Channel,
BBC, RTE, Channel 4, The Electric Picnic, and The Montreal
Festival. Even The Grand ole Opry! And lots more.
Every Tuesday night expose your skills,
and win the respect from the audience that comes with the
Lucky Duck Award!
To Book a 7min slot, a couple of
songs, your sketch group, etc
well in advance of intended performance
086 815 6987
Your new journey will now have begun@
IF YOU'RE FUNNY & CAN’T MAKE A TUESDAY NITE, WE’LL TRY
ANY FIT YOU IN ON ONE OF OUR OPEN SPOTS ON A THURSDAY NIGHT
@ BATTLE OF THE AXE COMEDY CLUB. JUST CONTACT ABOVE
WELL IN ADVANCE. HOWEVER, THURSDAY NIGHTS ARE IN GENERAL
HELD IN RESERVE FOR OUR BETTER ACTS FROM TUESDAY NIGHTS.
DOORS OPEN @ 9PM
& ALL SHOWS START @ 9.30PM.
Performers must be at the club
by 9.30pm otherwise they
lose their place on the night
of the Axe Open Mic, Comedy & Singer/songwriters Club
Ha’ penny Bridge
086 815 6987
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CHRISTMAS PARTYS CHRISTMAS PARTYS
PARTY NITES OUT
can offer a low cost alternative for groups experiencing the
joys and laughs at Battle of the Axe Comedy and Open Mic Club
at just €7
per person. How about someone from your group doing a party
piece live on stage at the Battle of the Axe?
BATTLE OF THE AXE COMEDY SINGER/SONGWRITERS & OPEN MIC
penny Bridge Inn
Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
OPEN MIC NITE
of the Axe COMEDY CLUB, SINGER/SONGWRITERS & OPEN MIC
of the Axe COMEDY CLUB etc 9.30pm
bar facilities are in operation at the show.
Note: Age restrictions/rules are per recent Government
legislation so please present appropriate Identification
if you are in the concerned category.
DEDICATED TO ENTERTAINING PEOPLE!
of the Axe continues to produce, nourish and establish
the careers of the very best performers on the Irish Open
in its 15th year the Battle of the Axe promises to
present an eclectic mix of new and established acts during
comedy, singer/ songwriters & open mic
are premier features of the Battle of the Axe show on TUESDAY
nights while THURSDAY night features some of the best
Stand-up Comedy, improv and sketch performances to
be seen in Dublin city. The gig is one of Ireland's longest
established clubs and continues to feature impromtu guest
performances from established luminaries on the Irish Comedy
your idea of a good night out is to experience the perfect
pint in a quintessentially intimate Dublin pub while being
entertained by some of the best new and established talent
the Nation has to offer… Drop Inn to The Ha'penny on Tuesday
or Thursday nights!
ACTS ALWAYS WELCOME
information please email:
Tel: 0868156987 from Ireland.
Ferns, John Bishop & Robbie Bonham
many popular artistes on the entertainment circuit these
days, first cut their cloth at the battleoftheaxe.com:
Names such as Dave McSavage
(Late Late Show and Vicar St), Paddy Casey
(Meteor Irish Music Award winner 2004), James
Goldsbury, Karl Spain
& Neil Delamere (RTE comedy
Award winners, Eddie Naessens
(ex Fair City & Bull Island, & RTE comedy finalist),
Declan Rooney (RTE comedy finalist),
(Channel 4/BBC & RTE finalist), Jerome
Holland (RTE comedy finalist),
(2FM finalist), Crusty
(Hot Press finalist), .....and Pennytration
(Channel 4 & Today FM finalist).
international stand-up comics who have appeared at the Battle
of the Axe have included one of Australia's most favoured
acts that is Jimeoin.
Outstanding Canadian TV presenter and Stand-up comedian Rick
Bronson gave one of the best ever performances
at the Battle of the Axe. He dropped in while filming his
TV programme in Dublin. The Tourist,
a television series he created, hosted and co-wrote, is now
a hit in 22 countries, and his recent national comedy special,
Comedy Now Presents Rick Bronson,
was among the highest rated in Canadian history.
A popular visitor, personal friend and recipient of the Battle
of the Axe is Dr Kevin Fitzgerald
the star of Animal Planet's "Emergency Vets". He
is also well know for his Comic talents and Kevin has had
the privilege of opening in concert for such legendary performers
as Diana Ross and Bob Hope. Kevin has also worked in concert
as a headline comedian or as the opening act for bands like
The Neville Brothers, Emmy Lou Harris, The Corrs and The Temptations.
He has appeared at such prestigious venues as The Grand 'Ol
Oprey and The House of Blues. You may also have seen him on
NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The Maury Povich Show,
A&E's Comedy on the Road, TNN's Crooke and Chase or as
host of HBO's "Women of the Night." We hope top
see him back at the Axe in the near future.
When no one else could get a laugh we threw Jimmy
Shubert in at the deep end
at the Axe and he obliged. It was Jimmy's scene-stealing performance
as the lollipop-sucking strip club bouncer in Columbia Pictures'
GO, directed by Doug Liman (SWINGERS), that jumpstarted his
film career. Jimmy earned parts on numerous television shows
including the WB series ANGEL, and as Roger Daltry's road
manager in Showtime's RUDE AWAKENINGS. So why did we leave
him hanging around the staircase for two hours before we put
him on stage we will never know!!
Over 1000 performers have graced its stage since its conception
nearly 8 Years ago. Not a lot of people know that the Ha’
Penny Bridge Inn has also housed such noted acts as Dermot
Morgan (RIP) (Father Ted), Tommy
Tiernan, Jason Byrne,
Alan Davis (Cracker), Alex
Lyons (BBC produced writer), Pat
McDonald (Don’t Feed the Gondolas), The
Nualas, Anne Lillis,
Anne Gildea, Tara
Flynn, Barry Murphy
(Aprés Match) and Deirdre O’Kane.
The bar was a popular frequenting place for Thin
Lizzy in their early days and the pub was once
owned by the great Irish tenor Josef Locke.
The present battleoftheaxe.com
continues to introduce fresh new acts to the entertainment
Progressive acts to watch out for include singer/songwriters
Damien Davis, James
Cramer, Chris Morrin
and Peter Doran. Comedians making
strong waves are John Colleary,
Bernard O’Shea, Tom
Blanchfield and MC/Comedian Andrew
Stanley is mixing it with the best at the moment.
why not drop over and see a show that’s a significant contributor
to the future of Irish entertainment unfold at its conception
upstairs at the Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn.
Or if you want to have a go at performing
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 086
815 6987 to
book a stage space.
IMPROVISATION - CHICAGO LONG FORMS
NEW SIX-PART WORKSHOP & FINALE LIVE SHOW
improv is the most important group work since they built the
- Bill Murray
workshop, higher level improvisation techniques are delved
into, drawing on methods used by North America’s famous Second
City Theatre and Del Close’s iO (Improv Olympics).
with past improv training and performance experience will
work through much more challenging exercises and games to
further develop and fine-tune intuitive, razor-sharp improv
skills. These abilities are then used in exploring various
long-form improv styles.
the class starts with instruction in various characterization
techniques, working with environments, status/hierarchy, and
half is instruction in story-telling long-forms i.e. ‘Goon
River’, and scenic/episodic long-forms: the ‘Armando’ (creator:
Armando Diaz) and the ‘Harold’ (creator: Del Close). John
will also instruct his own version that combines aspects of
end with a live long-form performance
in a Dublin venue.
6 classes on Mondays. Starts Monday,
September 22nd and runs to and including
Monday October 27th
7:15PM to 10:15PM
Manor Street, Dublin 7 (Stoneybatter area)
(reduced fee for full time drama students and groups of 3
or more - €170.00 per person) total (To
enroll an €85 non-refundable deposit is required by Friday,
has been involved in improv for over 25 years. He studied
the 'Harold' with its creator, improv guru Del Close,
while training inimprov at N. America’s famous Second City
Theatre, the forerunner and principal casting pool for
‘Saturday Night Live’. John went on to co-create a Toronto-based
Harold troupe. He has been teaching master-classes and workshops
in improv, characterization, scene study, audition technique
and on-camera acting for over 19 years in three countries.
He has taught hundreds of actors and comics including members
of The Princes of Lagos, The Banker's Craic Pack, Cork's Snatch
Comedy troupe, Limerick's Choke Comedy and many more in his
own Dublin workshop and at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting,
The Actors Centre in London, The Galway Film Centre, and Toronto’s
Equity Showcase Theatre. He taught film acting for over 6
years at Trinity College’s Samuel Beckett Centre. John is
a produced playwright and screenwriter. His own Dublin-basedimprov
troupe MONDO BIZARRO performed 5 sold-out shows at last year’s
Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
"I have studied improv in North America and Europe,
and John Dawson is by far the most energetic and enthusiastic
teacher with whom I have ever had the pleasure of studying.
His exercises pinpoint weaknesses that we improvers may have
never known how to tackle. He knows exactly how to loosen
up the performers. It's no wonder his name became famous in
the "underground" improv scene in Dublin, he's the
NATALIE PLAZA, performer w/ Cherib
Improv, NYC and training w/ the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre,
at Trinity saw the benefit of John's work as did all who he
taught. He's a great teacher who engages with students in
a fantastic and practical way."
ANDY CROOK, former course co-ordinator
- Professional Actor Training Programme, Trinity College,
who’ve trained with John have a definite edge because they
can adapt to handle the toughest audiences.”
TONY FERNS, producer, ‘Battle of
the Axe’ Comedy Club, Dublin
NEW, SIX-PART, CREATIVE, CRAICIN
develops creativity, confidence, collaboration skills,
and spontaneity. In addition to being a mode of live comedy,
it can be used as a tool to create characters, develop original
dramatic, and/or comedic material and as part of a rehearsal
process to explore written text. In this six-part beginner/intermediate
level workshop, participants rediscover their natural ability
to 'play' while exploring collaborative games, exercises,
and techniques used by North America’s Second City Theatre
(the forerunner and principal casting pool of 'Saturday
Night Live') and 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.
elements of narrative such as plot, theme, conflict and resolution
are emphasized and explored so that storytelling skills are
developed. This is perfect for both the trained performer
who wants to stretch and expand their abilities as well as
for the curious who want to explore new creative experiences.
workshop concludes with a live performance
at the weekly Battle of the Axe Comedy
event at the Ha'Penny Bridge Tavern, Temple Bar, Dublin in
6 classes starting Wednesday
Sept. 24th to and incuding Wednesday Oct. 29th
4 Manor Street, Dublin 7 (Stoneybatter area)
fee for full time students and for groups of 3 or more €160.00
€85.00 non-refundable deposit is required
due no later than Friday,
Dawson studied under improv guru Del Close while
training in improv at N. America’s famous Second City Theatre,
the forerunner and principal casting pool for Saturday Night
Live. John went on to become a founding member of a Toronto-based
has been teaching master-classes and workshops in improv,
characterization, scene study, audition technique and on-camera
acting for over 18 years in three countries. He has taught
hundreds of actors and comics including members of Dublin’s
Craic Pack, Cork's Snatch Comedy troupe, Limerick's Choke
Comedy and many more in his own Dublin workshop and at Dublin’s
Gaiety School of Acting, The Actors Centre in London, The
Galway Film Centre, and Toronto’s Equity Showcase Theatre.
He taught film acting for over 6 years at Trinity College’s
Samuel Beckett Centre.
own Dublin-based improv troupe MONDO BIZARRO performed
regularly last year including 5 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival 2013.
have studied improv in North America and Europe, and JOHN
DAWSON is by far the most energetic and enthusiastic teacher
with whom I have ever had the pleasure of studying. His exercises
pinpoint weaknesses that we improvers may have never known
how to tackle. He knows exactly how to loosen up the performers.
It's no wonder his name became famous in the "underground"
improv scene in Dublin, he's the best."
Natalie Plaza, performer w/ Cherib Improv, NYC and training
w/ the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NYC
"We at Trinity saw the benefit of John's work as did
all who he taught. He's a great teacher who engages with students
in a fantastic and practical way."
ANDY CROOK, former course co-ordinator - Professional
Actor Training Programme, Trinity College, Dublin
“Performers who’ve trained with John have a definite edge
because they can adapt to handle the toughest audiences.”
FERNS, producer, ‘Battle of the Axe’ Comedy Club, Dublin
THE PRESS SAY ABOUT US?!!!
Event Guide suggests that if it’s a gamble you're looking
for we could be the ones to look out for. I say, "put
€6 on the battleoftheaxe.com any Tuesday nite in
the Ha'Penny Bridge Inn at 9pm, you’ll get long odds and
you won’t lose." We’re a sure thing and a fine thing!!!
crowd were quick to roar with laughter when it was called
for, and just as quick to heckle those who deserved it." -
of folk from every corner of the planet have performed, being
regaled, laughed, cried (a few offended but nobody got hurt)."
- Gráinne McEntee
"Erratic but always entertaining" -
type of alternative New Faces"
now near institutional Battle of the Axe continues to entertain,
embarrass and enthral" - THE
perform, telephone 086 815 6987 or e-mail email@example.com
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THE AUDIENCE SAY'
of the Axe Comments Book
one guys! I'm in cider space and thoroughly enjoyed!! Will
recommend to all my Welsh Celtic cousins. X happy New Year
– Twty from Wales
best show I've seen in a long time, besides the one slightly
aggressive comic who didn't do so well, I'd say it was a perfect
girls from England. Loved the show! Great night out, even
if we caused a fire hazard lever so sorry!) Would definitely
recommend. MC was great! Thanks for a good night. The Palestine
show was very very funny!! We really enjoyed it. The Newfie
jokes were very funny. Excellent show. Steve and Mary Anne
Host, Why won't you return my calls. You said that night was
special and I was the one. You changed man, you used to be
time at a comedy gig like this. Absolutely brilliant. George
and Jarlath made it. Definitely go again. Cork guy could improve!!
minute decision to come here but thanks very much for a great
night. Caoimhe and Shane, Ireland
show! Robbie Bonham - funniest - Ciara and Evie - Rathfarnham,
Dublin - We love Tony.
vodka x 4 please. Tony the ledge guided the way. Robbie Bonham
is the man…The guy from Derry is hot! Lots of love, Ciara
and Eve We'll we back!
you're a frightful looking woman - but you make my face hurt.
hilarious. Had a great laugh. Will tell all my friends. Melissa
show is shit- e – that means grand in American...absolutely
loved it. Chelsea from Minnesota U.S.A.
compere should do a set...well funny! Great night and very
good value for money. Alicia from South London
night with great laughs! Will definitely be back. Lindsey,
piss funny!! Loved the improv session and was tempted to join
in. Katie from England, South Yorkshire, Rotherham – near
Sheffield (up north!)
just glad she [Katie] didn't get up! Well conducted night.
The lads that got up would go down well in Roth. (Not that
that's a comment on their sexuality!) Great night. Cheers
couldn't believe he'd been dropped from the show!
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a club for up and coming acts in the arts field.
Tuesday night (since 1996 and until the end of time) 9.30pm
up-stairs at the Ha’
Penny Bridge Inn comedians, 9.30pm up-stairs
at the Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, comedians, singer/songwriters,
actors, clowns, poets, etc. go to war on the open mic to try
and win the Lucky Duck Award at the club, voted by the audience.
This is one of the funniest shows
in Dublin and will definitely put a smile on your face from
ear to ear.
ACTS ALWAYS WELCOME BUT MUST CONTACT BELOW WELL IN ADVANCE
TO BOOK A SLOT.
Battle of the Axe Comedy Club
Thursday Nite with Headline Stand-up, Improvisation Comedy,
Sketch & Musical Comedy Acts. Established 1995.
Ha' Penny Inn, Temple Bar
Time: Doors open 9pm till 11.30
0868156987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for all info