Bridget and Eamon star Bernard O'Shea and Karl Spain bring new joint tour to Carlow

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Bernard O'Shea and Karl Spain

After proving he has two left feet on RTE’s Dancing With The Stars, and following a brief ‘bromance’ with broadcaster Marty Morrissey, funnyman Bernard O’Shea has returned to the arms of his first love, fellow comic Karl Spain, who are set to embark on a joint tour early next year with a date in The Talbot Hotel, Carlow on February 2. 

Fat Chancers will see the top comics kick off an 11-date tour in The Everyman Theatre, Cork on January 15, which concludes in The Tullamore Court Hotel on March 29.

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Karl Spain said: "Don’t expect any dancing, Bernard being funny or cameo appearances from that Marty fellow."

On the contrary, audiences can expect plenty of on-stage banter as Fat Chancers will feature the popular comics share the stage, as well as performing their own stand-up routines.

No stranger to television and radio fans, Bernard is the co-writer and star of RTE2’s Bridget and Eamon with Jennifer Zamparelli, which is about to enter its fourth season, and co-host of the RTE 2FM breakfast show, Breakfast Republic, alongside Zamparelli and Keith Walsh.

Earlier this year, his dance routine as one of the headliners of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars was pure TV gold.

He will shortly be seen in a new road trip series for RTE that will see him and fellow Dancing with the Stars co-conspirator, Marty Morrissey, embark on a round trip around the country together.

Bernard is a former host of The Republic of Telly and has made regular appearances on The Panel, The Naked Camera, Just for Laughs and The Byrne Ultimatum, amongst other shows.

Since winning the Harp Newcomer Comedy Award in 2000, Bernard has become a regular at the Cat Laughs comedy festival in Kilkenny and the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. His Edinburgh Fringe debut received five star reviews. 

Karl is a well-known name to Irish TV audiences thanks to his television series Karl Spain Wants a Woman, Karl Spain Wants to Rock, and his appearance on Celebrity Operation Transformation.

Other television credits include Liffey Laughs, The Late Late Show, The Panel, Tubridy Tonight, The Afternoon Show and The Offside Show. 

A stand-up comic for 15 years, Karl is the host of Karnival, the new comedy club, every Wednesday in Dolans Warehouse and is a regular performer at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Galway Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Cork Comedy Fest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. 

He has toured extensively abroad, including Australia, the U.S., Middle East and South Africa.

In addition to his own stand-up career, Karl was resident writer for Republic of Telly, writes for countless other comedians and has written the Olympia Theatre pantomime in previous years. 

Fat Chancers tour dates and venues are:

19th January: The Everyman Theatre, Cork

25th January: Dolans, Limerick

2nd Feb: The Talbot Hotel, Carlow

15th February: Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey

16th February:  Iontas, Castleblayney

23rd Feb: Spirit Store, Dundalk

1st March: De Barra’s, Clonakilty

2nd March: Westgrove Hotel, Clane

22nd March:  Wexford Arts Centre

23rd March: Mullingar Arts Centre

29th March: Tullamore Court Hotel

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