Dara O Briain

Dara O Briain

Dara O Briain started out his television career on a kids TV show in Ireland, a job he is more than happy to forget. Years spent doing the circuit in Ireland eventually led him to Britain where his career really kicked off. His live performances grew in popularity and in 2003 he was nominated at the Chortle Comedy Awards for Live Comedy in the categories Best Compere and Best Headline Act (which he would go on to win). In 2004 he won the Best Headliner award again, as well as being nominated for Best Full-length Show. The Irish comic is a regular at comedy festivals and his 2005 appearance ...

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Updated March 23, 2012
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Mock The Week's Dara O’Briain has been lined up to host (and funny up) the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards at London's ...
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Dave Gorman jumped ship from the floundering News of the World days before the revelation that the Sunday tabloid was ...
Dara O’Briain has been frank about the nature of making it in the stand up business saying it takes years to climb the ...
It seems this year’s Comic Relief is all about the record-breaking as Chris Moyles steps up to host the stations ...
Dara O’Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson have become record breakers after performing the highest stand up gig ...
Michael McIntyre and John Bishop have visited Great Ormond Street Hospital ahead of this year’s Comedy Gala bringing ...
Dara O’Briain host of Apprentice spin-off show You’re Fired when the series returns in May. Speaking to The Sun he ...
Miranda Hart stole the show at this year’s British Comedy Awards winning a total of three awards. Good for her! Her ...
Tim Minchin leads this year’s Chortle Awards nominations with a total of three nods. Tim is up for best music or ...
The Daily Mail has this week decided to wag their fingers at the loveable Dara O’Briain for effectively being good at ...
Winner of this year’s Apprentice Stella English has praised her irritant competitor Stuart Baggs for having ‘a lot of ...
Dara O’Briain and Jonathan Ross will be taking part in BBC2’s three-day astronomy event Stargazing Live. The Guardian...
Dara O’Briain has likened The Apprentice to a sitcom. In an interview with Digital Spy the host of the spin-off ...
Michael McIntyre will be hosting a night filled with massive comedy bigwigs in aid of homelessness and housing charity ...
Dara O'Briain can’t stand those whiny kids on The X Factor. ...
Russell Howard is not leaving the show, but has other filming commitments including a new series of Russell Howard’s ...
Due to overwhelming demand two extra dates have been added to Dara O’Briain’s run at London’s HMV ...
The winners of the Loaded Laftas have been announced in London this lunchtime. Justin Lee Collins has regained ...

Full Biography

Dara O Briain started out his television career on a kids TV show in Ireland, a job he is more than happy to forget.


Years spent doing the circuit in Ireland eventually led him to Britain where his career really kicked off. His live performances grew in popularity and in 2003 he was nominated at the Chortle Comedy Awards for Live Comedy in the categories Best Compere and Best Headline Act (which he would go on to win). In 2004 he won the Best Headliner award again, as well as being nominated for Best Full-length Show.


The Irish comic is a regular at comedy festivals and his 2005 appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe was his eighth consecutive performance there. It also proved to be the biggest selling event at the festival.


Having already made himself a household name in Ireland due to his various television roles, Dara has been a regular on television's top stand-up showcases and panel shows, including as a regular stand in host of BBC1's satirical flagship Have I Got News For You hosting it a record 4 times, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, QI, Parkinson, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Stand-up Show, and The Empire Laughs Back, Room 101 (where he got rid of children's television, banter, Gillian McKeith - from C4's You Are What You Eat - and magicians.)


He had a spell as the host and compere for Live At The Apollo and currently presents Mock The Week, another satirical panel show (bit of a mix between Whose line... and Have I Got News...) which is now in it's sixth series and still proving to be extremely popular.


Other notable television work includes hosting the BBC sitcom writing competition Last Laugh, and two documentaries which re-created the British comedy novel Three Men in a Boat. For this, OBriain rowed up the River Thames with Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath. A sequel, Three Men in another Boat, in which they raced from the Tower Bridge to the Isle of Wight, was first aired in December 2007.


Dara has embarked upon four tours, including 2006's 66 date sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland, and his latest tour, Dara OBriain Talks Funny finished in summer 2008 and has seen the release of his second live DVD in November of the same year. OBriain also won Chortle's "Best Theatre Tour" award in 2008.


A big man with a big personality, who exudes warmth and spontaneous good humour, Dara is a delight to be entertained by.