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Ardal O'Hanlon


Mon 2 May 2011, 8:00pm

Where: The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Seated: $55.00
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Listed by: Louise Hunter

Multi award-winning comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon is one of the most acclaimed artists in the comedy industry. He returns to New Zealand as part of the NZ International Comedy festival following a critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival, and a hugely successful UK tour.

Ardal O'Hanlon has an extensive list of both acting and comedy television credits, and, although best known for his starring roles in the sitcoms, Father Ted and My Hero, is first and foremost a stand-up comedian.

A spellbinding fusion of off-beat stories and polished material combine to make Ardal’s stand-up act a hilarious journey touched with life-enhancing observations and unexpected twists. His sheer originality and talent ensure that there is no other performer quite like him.

“He is a complete joy to watch” - The Guardian

A founding father of Dublin’s Comedy Cellar, the spiritual home of Irish comedy, he moved to London where he quickly won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. Since then he has continued to perform to sell-out audiences in the UK and around the world (from Australia to Zambia, not to mention tours of US and China).

As well as Father Ted, Ardal's TV credits include leading roles in comedy dramas such as Big Bad World and the Ben Elton-penned, "Blessed". He has played a cat creature in Dr Who, a cameo part in Skins and three series of The Stand Up Show on BBC. On Irish television, Ardal has presented a number of documentaries and is currently starring in the sitcom Val Falvey TD. Movie roles have included Another Bobby O’Hara Story, The Butcher Boy and the lead role in award winning short film Flying Saucer Rock n Roll.

“Funnier than one could imagine possible...” - The Scotsman

He has also written a bestselling novel, The Talk of the Town (on the Best Seller lists for a full year), which was included in the influential tome, 1001 Books to read before you die. The book was released in America, renamed Knick Knack Paddy Wack, where it reprised the UK success.

It was, however, his consummate starring role in three series’ of the BAFTA winning series Father Ted, which initially propelled Ardal to public attention, with his hilarious portrayal of Father Dougal McGuire. This role also won him the Top Television Comedy Newcomer in 1995 as well as nominations for Best Actor in 1996 and Top Television Personality and Best Actor in 1997, 1998 and 1999, along with Best Comedy Actor at the 1999 BAFTA Awards.

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