Limerick comedian Karl Spain came on to the scene in 2000 when he was named best new comedian by broadcaster RTE, and he is now well established on the UK and Irish circuits. He appeared as part of the Irish show at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival in 2003 and is a regular at Kilkennyís Cat Laughs comedy festival.
In 2005, he made his own RTE show, Karl Spain Wants A Woman, trying various ways of meeting a potential girlfriend.
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Original Review:Karl Spain is a droll, mate-down-the-pub sort of a comic; an amiable everyman with a cheery, if underlyingly cynical, take on ordinary existence.
His hometown of Limerick provides much fodder for his act, portrayed as an unenlightened backwater where life is generally miserable, and laughing at your predicament is the only way to deal with it. Unsurprisingly, therefore, thereís a strong vein of self-deprecation running through his material, as he cheerily jokes about being a useless, overweight Irishman.
But heís not useless when it comes to storytelling, thanks to a keen eye for absurdities and a good-natured, easy-going delivery. He is a naturally funny man, and he describes his less-than-heroic reactions to everything from sectarian football fans to visits to the doctor with an instinctively entertaining style.
Itís these medical humiliations that form the best part of his set; and as he was recently diagnosed with diabetes, there are quite a few such tales - which dovetail pleasingly with those jibes at the expense of his own size.
Truly inspired punchlines might be limited, but if you want a charming, chatty routine, almost certain to cheer up a crowd, Spainís your man. Date of review: Jun 2008
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