Irish comedians are laughing all the way to the bank
The ongoing boom in Irish comedy has two of our most popular comedians - Jason Byrne and Neil Delamere - laughing all the way to the bank.
Accounts just filed with the Companies Office show that Jason Byrne Entertainment Ltd recorded a €109,180 increase in profits last year, going from €315,970 to €425,150.
The cash pile at the Dubliner's firm increased from €200,000 to €203,126 in the 12 months to the end of December last.
The rapid rise in profits coincided with the BBC screening a sitcom, 'Father Figure', that was written by, and starred, the comedian
Mr Byrne (42) appears at the Vodafone Comedy festival in Dublin this weekend, followed by a busy touring schedule in Australia and the UK between September and the start of December.
Another mainstay of the comedy circuit, 35-year-old Co Offaly native Neil Delamere, is best known for his appearances on RTE's 'The Panel' and BBC's 'Blame Game'.
Filings lodged by his firm, Neil Delamere Productions Ltd, show that accumulated profits increased almost three fold - going from €89,769 to €234,383 in 2012.
The profit recorded by the firm in 2012 was €144,614. The cash pile increased from €100,640 to €167,973.
Delamere's latest project is a show about four Irish heroes that will be broadcast on RTE 2 later this year.