Dara Ó Briain is an Irish stand-up comedian and television presenter, most famous for hosting topical panel shows such as The Panel, Mock the Week, Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums, and The Apprentice: You're Fired!. In the Chortle Comedy Awards for Live Comedy, he was nominated for Best Compère in 2003, Best Full Length Show in 2004, and won its Best Headline Act Award in 2003 and 2004. Voted the 42nd greatest stand-up comic... Read more >>
Dara O Briain is an Irish stand-up comedian and television presenter, most famous for hosting topical panel shows such as The Panel, Mock the Week, Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums, and The Apprentice: You're Fired!.
Starting his career off as a children’s TV presenter, at this time he also began performing his first stand-up gigs. He next moved on to the topical panel show Don’t Feed The Gondolas (1998-2000), which is when he came to prominence. His stand up international career started to really take off at this time as he started to tour heavily across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. A regular at the Edinburgh Festival, he was offered a prestigious gala show at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal in 2002. Working as the host of the family entertainment gameshow It’s A Family Affair introduced him to Seamus Cassidy, with whom he later set up the production company Happy Endings Productions. Together they produced the chat show Buried Alive (2003) and, most famously, The Panel, which ran from 2003 to 2005. Alongside this, with his profile rising across in the UK due to his one-man shows at Edinburgh, Ó Briain began to make appearances on UK television shows such as Channel 5’s Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he appeared as a guest panelist on the popular news quiz, Have I Got News for You, subsequently making several appearances as guest host of the show. The host of the comedy panel game Mock the Week since 2005, he is a frequent panelist on QI, appears on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4, and since 2006 has taken part in the BBC Three Men in a Boat series, a show which has consistently had around 3 million viewers. In 2010, Ó Briain hosted the sixth series of The Apprentice: You’re Fired! and in 2012 presented the series of School of Hard Sums.
His live comedy performances were simultaneously going from strength to strength, receiving great critical acclaim. In the Chortle Comedy Awards for Live Comedy, he was nominated for Best Compère in 2003, Best Full Length Show in 2004, and won its Best Headline Act Award in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 O Briain ’s show at the Edinburgh Festival was the biggest selling solo comedy show. His subsequent tours of the UK have been to increasingly prestigious and large scale venues, with Theatre Royal, Dury Lane, in 2006, and Hammersmith Apollo in 2010 (his 2010 tour played for 150 dates to over 225,000 people). He has released several DVDs and his 2012 tour was recorded at the Edinburgh Playhouse in May. Voted the 42nd greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, he was upgraded in the updated 2010 list to rank at 16. The holder of a Guinness World Record, O Briain, Jack Whitehall and John Richardson hosted the ‘Highest stand up comedy gig in the world’ on a British Airways flight in support of Comic Relief.
O Briain has also been an extensive newspaper columnist, with pieces published in UK and Irish national papers, including The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. He released his first book, Tickling the English, in 2009.