Stage: The Side Splitter Stage Day: Wednesday Set Time: 18:05 – 18:20
John first caught the stand-up bug after a visit to a comedy club in Dublin and quickly discovered that making a clown out of himself wasn’t all that bad. He instantly made a splash in his native Ireland with his laid-back delivery and natural stage presence and within eight months of his first gig, appeared on TV in RTE’s The Liffey Laugh; an unheard of feat for a newcomer. He was invited to join Irish Star PJ Gallagher as a special guest on his Irish tour and grasped the opportunity with both hands. Soon after, he was starring alongside the legendary Tommy Tiernan in the Third Policeman’s Ball, a tribute to the Irish writer Flann O’Brian. Recorded at the famed Dublin venue of Vicar Street, the acclaimed event was released on DVD in 2009 and launched John as a powerful performer in his own right. He later appeared in BBC’s One Night Stand, continuing to build his reputation as a promising newcomer.