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Profile: Dara O'Briain

Dara O'Briain
Dara O'Briain: One of the biggest names in comedy

Dara O'Briain is a highly popular comedian in Ireland and has fast become a household name in the UK.

Dara, who co-presents How Euro Are You with Andrew Marr, juggles his stand-up comedy and TV appearances with weekly trips to Dublin where he produces and presents the hit satirical review show The Panel.

Dara's success in the UK began in 2003 when he was chosen to front the BBC's Saturday night comedy showcase, The Live Floor Show.

This led directly to an invite to guest-host Have I Got News For You.

Since then he has presented BBC Three's The Last Laugh and BBC Two's Mock The Week, an off-the-cuff, topical comedy show which starred Rory Bremner and a host of top satirical comedians.

He has also made guest appearances on programmes including Jonathan Ross' chat show and Parkinson.

Aside from his TV work, Dara is a major force in the stand-up circuit and has just appeared at his eighth Edinburgh festival.

Winner of the Chortle award in 2003 and 2004 for Best Headline Act, Dara has performed all over the UK and across the world, from Dubai to Shanghai and at all the major festivals from Melbourne to Montreal.

Later this year for BBC Two he will be teaming up with Rory McGrath and Griff Rhys Jones to recreate the journey of Three Men in a Boat, 116 years after the novel by Jerome K Jerome was first published.


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