Jake decommissions Troubles jokes to tearful audience

By September 1, 2010News, Newsroom

Belfast’s most outspoken comedian, Jake O’Kane will have the audience in tears (of laughter) when he performs his Tear Gas show for the last time at the Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club.

The special show on September 7 will be filmed (not on CCTV) for the release of his first ever DVD.

Jake, one of Northern Ireland’s funniest comics, has decided after 16 years to decommission his Troubles material, so the lucky audience will stand in for General De Chastelain and the boys as Jake buries his jokes in the Empire Music Hall bunker.

This show combines the stunning photographs of legendary Belfast photographer Brendan Murphy; the graphics of Orlaith Cullinane and computer wizardry of Robert Hamilton to provide for a hilarious night of comedy.

Jake, renowned for fearlessly dealing with topics that other comics shy away from, takes his audience on a comedic journey through the last thirty years of our shared history. Be you old enough to remember Martin McGuinness with a perm that covered all of his head or so young that you think an army pig is a pink thing on four legs, there’s something for you.

The Belfast-based stand-up had a baptism of fire into comedy in 1993. Within one week of appearing at a local comedy club’s try-out spot, Jake became a resident MC. Jake is now resident compere of Northern Ireland’s biggest and longest running comedy club The Empire Laughs Back at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast.

Jake has toured extensively, working with some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit including Ardal O’Hanlon, Dylan Moran and Peter Kay. His first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, appearing in a stand-up show entitled ‘Alternative Ulster’, received both popular and critical acclaim. Jake has also appeared at some of the country’s top comedy clubs including The Stand, Jongleurs and The Comedy Store.

Jake’s television and radio credits include appearances on the award-winning ‘The Empire Laughs Back’ as well as guest spots on ‘Two Ceasefires and a Wedding’ and ‘Give My Head Peace’. More recently, Jake hosted and performed on the BBC NI stand up show ‘One Night Stand’ and is resident panellist on ‘The Blame Game’ on both TV and radio.

Tickets for the Tear Gas show at the Empire cost £9 and are on sale now at on www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone 0844 277 9964 or from RoI 0818 719 300.

There are full bar facilities so admission is for over 18s only. Doors for the show open at 8pm and close at 8.45pm so filming can begin at 9.