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Dara released the bestselling book Tickling The English in 2009, and more recently his non-fiction children’s book about space, Beyond The Sky, was nominated for Best Book with Facts at the 2018 Blue Peter Brook Awards. Ó Briain was one of fifteen members of a racing greyhound syndicate for several years. In 2020, he will perform the show on debut tours to Canada and the US. The BBC One show looked at the technologies and produce in farms, supermarkets, kitchens and restaurants around the world.[30]. Don't believe in God, still hate Rangers... Twitter is really good for example... 'Cause it's allowed up to 40 000 people to contact me directly, and tell me I look like Gru from, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, (2006 - Official Sites. I did about three or four years playing to a lot of bad rooms, but learning as I went. This included shows at the Theatre Royal, in London as well as nine nights in Dublin at Vicar Street. On 1 October 2009, Ó Briain released his first book entitled Tickling the English, about what he considers it means to be English. “Craic Dealer” ran for over 150 shows, as did his 2015 tour “Crowd Tickler”, this time with dates in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Australia added to the tour. In 2013, Ó Briain joined Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Greg James, Melanie C and Philips Idowu in Through Hell and High Water, a Comic Relief challenge which involved British celebrities canoeing the most difficult rapids of the Zambezi River. They raised over £1 million for the charity. After five years, he quit following the 2014 series.[20]. Is best friends with Irish stand up comedian Ed Byrne who was also the best man at his wedding day. He was a regular at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as making one notable appearance at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal in 2002, where he was offered a prestigious gala show because of his performances at the Irish showcase. Chat shows, television programmes and writing, British Airways and Comic Relief 'Flying Start' – Gig in the Sky Highlights, Dara Ó Briain Interview, National Theatre, 23 October 2009, British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance, Auditors of the Literary and Historical Society (University College Dublin), "Dara Ó Briain talks Mock The Week, Brexit, Twitter feuds", "Dara O Briain: Can nothing stop this man's takeover of our TV screens? His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he became host of BBC Two’s The Live Floor Show. Stargazing Live has continued to run intermittently throughout the decade, including live coverage of the Partial solar eclipse over the Uk in 2015, Astronaut Tim Peake’s journey to the ISS in 2016, and a 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo missions in 2019. In 2011, two more series were made; one travelling from Monte Negro to Venice, the other travelling down the New England coast in the US to New York. Each of those three tours were recorded for DVD, and the 2012 tour, entitled 'Craic Dealer', was similarly recorded during his shows at the Edinburgh Playhouse in May 2012. Ó Briain married his wife Susan, a surgeon, in 2006;[33] they live in West London with their two children. That tour was recorded for DVD, the last of his five DVDs. And I certainly don't see myself as one. Studied mathematical science at University College Dublin. He also holds the record for greatest number of appearances (7) on the BBC stand-up showcase Live at the Apollo. His first children’s book Beyond the Sky was nominated for a Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2017. His latest children's book, Is There Anybody Out There?, explores how life began, how Earth was created, whether aliens might exist elsewhere in our solar system and the search for other planets like our own. [citation needed] In early 2010, a series of small demonstrations were held outside some of Ó Briain's tour venues, urging him to publicly denounce the sport of greyhound racing due to the dog's death. In 2012 he hosted the Bafta Television awards, the same year he was nominated for a Best Entertainment Performance Award. [11], After leaving university, Ó Briain began working at RTÉ as a children's TV presenter. Dara Ó Briain is one of the UK & Ireland’s favourite stand-up comedians and television presenters. As part of its promotion, he has stated that he is enthusiastic about English culture and a student of English history, his favourite events being the Gin Craze and the civil war. In 2019, Ó Briain appeared as a guest on Hypothetical. In 2003, Ó Briain was nominated at the Chortle Comedy Awards for Live Comedy in the categories Best Compère and Best Headline Act (which he would go on to win).

This led to an appearance as guest – and, ultimately, four appearances as guest host of – the popular news quiz, Have I Got News for You. He has also been a newspaper columnist, with pieces published in national papers in both Britain and Ireland. When his tweet congratulating London on knocking Sligo out of the 2013 Football Championship was read out on The Sunday Game, Ó Briain expressed amazement and vowed to try to have one read out every week. On 9 August 2006, he hosted the first edition of his chat show Turn Back Time. "Every week there'll be a new 'Crisis' to mock", "I didn't know there was a chance of getting a tweet on, "Monday Morning Corner Back: O'Hara tears into Walsh, O'Briain on the Sunday Game and prediction woes", "Ask England's Twenty20 team: only weather can rein in Irish cricket", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dara_Ó_Briain&oldid=984596109, Articles with dead external links from January 2020, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from July 2011, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 October 2020, at 00:03. In early 2003, he hosted the second series of BBC Scotland's Live Floor Show. When I was nine, I looked eleven, and so on.

Dara once rescued a parrot from his garden, and housed it in his garage until the RSPCA were able to take it away. At this time, he also began performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit. Dara Ó Briain (/ˈdɑːrə oʊˈbriːən, ˈdærə -/; Irish: [ˈd̪ˠaɾˠə oː ˈbʲɾʲiənʲ]; born 4 February 1972)[1] is an Irish comedian and television presenter based in the United Kingdom. In 2010, they explored the Isles of Scotland.

[26] The two presenters hosted a second series of three-hour-long programmes, plus follow-up 30-minute shows called Stargazing Live: Back to Earth, from 16 to 18 January 2012. Dara came to prominence in Ireland as host of topical panel show Don’t Feed the Gondolas. I'm an ugly bloke! It was the first time he worked with former Channel 4 commissioning editor Séamus Cassidy. From January to March 2016, Ó Briain presented Tomorrow’s Food, a three-episode series alongside Angela Hartnett, Chris Bavin and Dr Shini Somara. I remember thinking: 'This is the life.

'"[8], While a student at UCD, he was both the auditor of the Literary and Historical Society (the university's oldest debating society) and the co-founder and co-editor of The University Observer college newspaper. In 1994, he won the Irish Times National Debating Championship and The Irish Times/Gael Linn National Irish language debating championship; he is a fluent Irish speaker, and speaks to his father only in that language. He also got rid of banter, Gillian McKeith and magicians.[22]. I've never been ID'd in bars - never. I'm not a celebrity. '"[37], His surname is the original Irish form of O'Brien. He has been married to Susan since 2006. I was 29 at the time.". On 6 November 2012, Ó Briain began presenting a series called Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, in which he and other celebrities discuss science issues. Comedian Dara O'Briain left Late Late Show viewers in stitches on Friday as he detailed his new 'Level 6' lockdown plan. Stand-up comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain is best known in the UK for hosting Mock the Week, Blockbusters, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure and Dara Ó Briain… In Oct 2017 he started touring his show “Voice of Reason”. On 14 September 2005, Ó Briain appeared as a guest on Room 101, where he got rid of children's television presenters (following his work as a presenter on Echo Island) and once-in-a-lifetime experiences (he was given a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the show by being the second guest to pull the lever that opens the chute to Room 101 – the first had been former host Nick Hancock). From my lumbering presence alone, I can't really help 'but' dominate the stage. In 2008, he remarked: "I haven't written it into my act, but it occasionally comes through. Publicity Listings They later set up the production company Happy Endings Productions, and together they produced (and Ó Briain presented) the chat show Buried Alive (2003) and most famously in Ireland The Panel (2003–2006). [12] which only ran for one series. He is best known for hosting Mock The Week, Robot Wars, Three Men in a Boat, Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure, Stargazing Live, Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club, and the documentary Dara Ó Briain Meets Stephen Hawking, all on BBC Television. He has written books for both adults and children.

As of 21 March 2019, he is the current host of the game show Blockbusters on Comedy Central. For his work on Mock the Week, he was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance in 2012. [19], In 2010, Ó Briain replaced Adrian Chiles as the presenter of The Apprentice: You're Fired!.

From 8 to 10 January 2013, they presented the third series, again accompanied by Back to Earth.[27]. Dara started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he read Mathematical Physics. It was recorded as a BBC special at the Hammersmith Apollo, for broadcast in 2019. In 2009, the three took to the Irish canals and rivers on a trip from Dublin to Limerick. Dara later decided to dip his toe into book writing for both adults and children and his first children’s book Beyond the Sky was nominated for a Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2017. Ó Briain's stand up international career took off around this time as he began to tour heavily, performing across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with gigs in Dubai, Paris, Adelaide, Shanghai and New York City.

His latest show, Voice of Reason, has been performed across the globe, touring in the UK & Ireland, Scandinavia, mainland Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Around this time, Ó Briain presented the weekend game show It's a Family Affair on RTÉ Television.

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