Jack Dee | Cat Laughs
Preview by: Robin Murray
Probably best known from his many appearances on comedy panel shows, QI and Have I Got News For You, one could be forgiven for forgetting that Jack Dee is a stand-up; after all it has been six years since his last comedy tour.
However, the grumpy comic is staging a comeback, beginning with a performance of his new one-man show at Cat Laughs Comedy Festival this summer ahead of an Autumn comedy tour.
Dee's comedy career began in 1986, when the Kent native went along to an open mic night after work. He was encouraged to write additional material and to tour the circuit and by the early nineties, Dee was performing to sell-out crowds in high-profile venues such as The London Palladium.
After winning a British Comedy Award for Best Stage Newcomer in '91, Dee landed his own Channel 4 show, The Jack Dee Show, in '92 with the funnyman going on to have several televised stand-up series throughout the nineties and noughties, including Jack Dee's Saturday Night on ITV and BBC's Jack Dee Live At The Apollo.
Known for his sarcastic, deadpan humour, Dee excels in negative, angry, ranty comedy, blustering over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanors. He very rarely smiles in his performances, in fact so sour is his puss that Vic Reeves famously addressed him with the line, "Jack, with your face like a hard-boiled bollock" on an episode of Shooting Stars.
So after a six year absence from stand-up, why is he touring again? 'I want to spend less time with my family' says Jack.
Jack Dee plays Langton's Ballroom as part of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival on May 31st and June 1st.
Show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost €24.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Wednesday 11th April 2012 | Comedy
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