Jarlath Regan is an Irish comedian, writer, illustrator and lad (in a good way). He has performed at international comedy festivals across the world including the Edinburgh, Montreal, Melbourne, New Zealand and Dubai. Today he lives in London and commutes to clubs up and down the UK performing his standup.
In 2013 he created the award winning Irishman Abroad podcast series. The collection of long form interviews with well-known Irish emigrants and people of Irish heritage has earned rave reviews from The Guardian, Telegraph and Irish Times, and has featured the likes of Chris O’Dowd, Boy George, Dylan Moran, Lisa Hannigan and Graham Linehan. It is listened to by more than one million people worldwide. In 2015 the show had a live episode recorded each month at The Museum Of Comedy in Covent Garden.
Raised on the windswept plains of the Curragh of Kildare he dreamed of being a professional basketball player but shelved the ambition due to combination of injuries and on the early on-set of “cop on”. The NBA’s loss has been stand-up comedy’s gain.
During a period as an advertising account executive he became disillusioned and decided to try his hand at comedy. After winning a place in the final of the BBC and Channel 4 new comedy awards, he began gigging around Ireland in small bars, pubs, community halls and hay barns. After a while he went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his own solo show.
Then through a stroke of good fortune he was asked to appear alongside an all-star cast of Irish comedians at the inaugural Montreal Just For Laughs Irish Comedy Gala. In 2008 he returned with an entirely new show about being punched in the face. Since then he has returned to festival every year and received some over the top reviews.
He has appeared on Ireland’s version of Mock The Week – The Panel, Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up and momentarily on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. His second illustrated book of twisted greeting cards was published by Transworld Ireland for Random House in April 2011. The first book, How To Break Bad News became an instant best-seller and something of a cult classic. He made a little bit of history by becoming the first comedian to record a live album in Dublin’s Comedy Cellar – the venue that gave birth to Dara O’Brian, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran.
“Could turn out to be the biggest thing since Ricky Gervais picked up a laptop” The Telegraph
“Quite frankly, every single young person reading this should go download his podcast and listen to it every week for the rest of time.” The Guardian
“Side-splitting stuff…causes near hysteria in the room.” ★★★★ Metro
“A blow of optimism, camaraderie and good feelings… that’s what makes Regan so good, he leaves you in good spirits, with a fresh view of the world, wanting to be a happier person. Regan is a pro, a great comedian, and knows what works and doesn’t.” ★★★★ Edinburgh Hairline
“…an unstoppable, relentless, never ending flow of fantastic tales and over the top mind blowing observations making the audience laugh so much that trying to stop was as impossible as dealing with the hiccups.” ★★★★★ DB MAGAZINE (Australia)
“…the sort of comic you want to take home to meet your mum…an unshakeable ability to turn an ordinary anecdote into a winning story…a perfect teatime show.” Chortle
“The man radiates warmth while projecting deliciously dark greeting cards which are thoroughly recommended for Christmas or hostage situations.” The Scotsman