Thursday 13 December 2018

Fair City star will headline return of 'Lightning Comedy'

David Gilna
David Gilna

John Manning

After a wildly successful debut, the newest comedy night in Swords is returning to the Lord Mayor's pub at the end of the month when local writer and performer, David Gilna will MC another rip-roaring night of laughter with Fair City star and comedian, Eric Lalor headlining on the night.

April 29 is the date for your diary as 'Lightning Comedy' returns to the Lord Mayor's with another packed bill full of comic talent from right here in Fingal and much further afield.

The new Swords comedy night is the brainchild of local writer and performer, David Gilna who has branched out into comedy from acting and writing and is now a fixture on the Irish comedy circuit himself.

Stand up comedy is a new departure for David Gilna, who branched into perhaps the bravest and loneliest art form there is after a successful run of sketch comedy which gained him a lot of followers and fans on social media.

According to David, it was his agent that suggested he should stop writing comedy for other people and take on some live stand-up himself. The multi-talented Swords man was initially reluctant but plucked up the courage to try out his stand-up at a comedy night in Whelan's in Dublin.

David said: 'I went on stage by myself and I absolutely loved it - it was a whole new buzz for me. Since then, I've been gigging around the country since and in London.'

In setting up this new comedy night in Swords, David said his aim is to bring touring comedians and local stand-up 'newbies' together to put on a show for a local audience, six to eight times a year.

He believes there is a strong local thirst for live comedy and regularly meets people from Swords and elsewhere in Fingal who are travelling to the city centre to catch live comedy.

David said that since he put the idea out there, 'the feedback has been great' and the opening night went down a storm, packing out the venue and leaving the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter.

On Sunday, April 29, upstairs at the Lord Mayor's is the place to be with Eric Lalor headlining ably supported by a hugely talented bill of comedy acts including Mark McConnell, Ben Butler, Jess Collins, Greg Marks, local comedian, Mags McHugh and the author of 'How to Deal with Poxes', Aoife Dooley. Doors will open at 8pm with the show set to start at 8.30pm and there is a small cover charge for the gig of just €5.

David Gilna will be MC and 'Lightning Comedy' is his latest contribution to the arts and entertainment scene of his beloved home town of Swords. David is a cheerleader for Swords and since coming home he has been eager to give back to the town that raised him.

Fingal Independent