Tommy Tiernan

Tommy Tiernan

Date of birth: 16-06-1969

Born in County Donegal, Tommy Tiernan burst on to the comedy scene in 1996, when he won the So You Think You're Funny? award for newcomers at the Edinburgh Fringe. Two years later he was scooped both the Perrier Award, and the Best Stand-Up title at the British Comedy Awards.

He has never been a stranger to controversy, with his very first appearance on RTE's Late, Late Show in November 1997 attracting a record number of complaints for material about 'the Lamb of God'. The routine also led to him being accused of blasphemy in the Irish Senate.

In 2007 some families of people with Down’s Syndrome complained about one of Tiernan's routines about the condition; and in 2009, when how comedians should be reckless, he was accused of anti-semitism when saying of the Holocaust: 'Six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that. No fucking problem! Fuck them. Two at a time, they would have gone...'

Nevertheless, Tiernan is second only to U2 when it comes to live ticket sales in Ireland - with his Loose tour selling a staggering 166 dates in Dublin's 1,000-seat Vicar Street venue. And his DVDs - including Cracked: Live at Vicar Street, Loose and Jokerman: Tommy Tiernan in America - have all achieved multi-platinum sales.

Tiernan is also popular in Canada, where he is a regular at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, Australia, New Zealand and America, where he has performed three times on The Late Show with David Letterman.

In April 2009 Tommy set the Guinness World Record for the longest Stand-Up Comedy Show by an individual - 36 hours and 15 minutes. The record was broken later that year by Australian comedian Lindsay Webb, and it is now held by American Bob Marley, who performed for 40 hours..

Tiernan has five children and is married to Yvonne, his manager. They live in Galway.

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Tommy Tiernan's chat show to return

In a new primetime Saturday night slot

Tommy Tiernan's Irish chat show is returning for a third series.

And it is moving from a midweek to a primetime Saturday night slot on RTÉ One.

Eight new episodes will air from May 4, maintaining the format that the comedian will not know the guests until the sit down to be interview.

Tiernan said: ‘The chat show is unusual in the way that it creates a space where anything can happen and I feel very lucky to be in the hands of such wonderful researchers who really are the people that put the whole thing together.

‘I just turn up and talk, they’re the ones who curate it. The guests as well show a remarkable amount of generosity in agreeing to do it with me because its a conversation without a safety net."

Executive producer  Justin Healy added: ‘Tommy has a way of connecting with people instantly, a skill which is a joy to watch.

‘To have a host completely in the dark as to who is going to walk on to the set is a gamble that only Tommy could pull off. 

'From internationally known stars to lesser known faces, Tommy gets them to reveal an awful lot of themselves which at times is compelling and at times uncomfortable, but always engaging.’

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Published: 19 Apr 2019

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