The Irish Musical Comedy Awards | April 25th
Words: Caroline Foran
Next Wednesday April 25th marks an exciting day for comedy in Ireland: The inagural Irish Musical Comedy Awards! Among the names said to be taking part in the Laughter Lounge event are Amanda Brunker (her name comes listed a whole rake of accolades but we like to think of her as yer wan who performed at Oxegen that time) and musical comedy behemoth -The Rubberbandits. Brunker along with Marty Miller, Paddy Cullivan of RTE's Late Late Show Camembert Quartet and Amanda Whitehead of Culch.ie to judge the acts at the ceremony while The Rubberbandits will take to the stage to perform during the event.
Modelled on the enormously successful UK Musical Comedy Awards whcih launched the likes of Frisky & Mannish, Jay Foreman and those hip hop superstars - Abandoman, the IMCA's could well provide the same launching pad for Ireland's next big thing. Having received many an application, the IMCA folk have now arrived at ten finalists who will perform on the night and compete to be the first ever Irish Musical Comedy Award winner. Hosted by none other than Fred Cooke, who is also known for his musical comedy talent this promises to be a whopper night. And where can you get your ticket? Right here on entertainment.ie!
Ahead of the Irish Comedy Musical Awards we caught up with one of the judges, a man crowned as having the raunchiest voice in radio in 2011 by entertainment.ie's Eric awards, Mr. Marty Miller of Radio Nova.
So, Marty, what kind of musical comedy are you hoping to find at the awards, what will get your vote?
Ha! Funny stuff obviously! I like laugh out loud comedy. The kind of thing that leaves me with a pain in my side. I have to say I'm over the cringy uncomfortable comedy thing, for the most part! But anything that makes me laugh out loud will work for me!!
And what do you expect for the evening? What can the audience expect?
I think it's always exciting to be involved in the first of anything. As the UK Musical Comedy Awards have been up and running a while, it's great that Ireland is following suit. Anyone there on the night can expect some great performances from Ireland's newest talent.
How important is musical comedy in Ireland, are we good at it?
Comedy is crucial! Especially with how things are in our country at the moment. It's so important to get out, if you can, spend a few quid and have a laugh. And we are good at it. Just look at the success our comedy heads have had around the world. Rubber-bandits, the most recent example. Who'd have thought two blokes with plastic bags on their heads would be picked up by Channel 4?!
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Thursday 19th April 2012 | Comedy
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