Jarlath Regan

Jarlath Regan (born 1980) is a London-based Irish comedian and podcaster.[1] A former graphic design consultant,[2] he began his stand-up comedy career in 2003 and by the end of 2004 was a finalist for three major UK comedy newcomer awards: So You Think You're Funny, BBC New Comedy Awards and the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year. While attending University College Dublin, he was auditor of the Literary and Historical Society.[3]

Shortly after this he began writing sketches, and material for other comedians and TV shows and established himself as a regular face on the Irish stand-up comedy circuit.[4]

In 2006, he performed as part of the first ever Irish gala at Montreal Just for Laughs.[5]

Regan has produced five one man shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, publishing 2 illustrated books, appearing as a regular contributor on radio and television while also performing at comedy festivals worldwide, he is recognised as the leader of a new generation of talented comics emerging from Ireland.[6]

Television work

Regan wrote and performed sketches on Scope (2007), an Irish science television programme for teenagers and was a regular panellist during the 2008–2009 season of The Panel.[7]

In 2010, Regan co-presented The Rumour Room, a teen entertainment series part of TRTÉ on RTÉ Two television. Some highlights from the series included his interview with Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, a series of comedy sketches in which Regan beat toddlers at physical tests of strength and an in-studio game called "The €21 Challenge" in which Regan forced a child to gamble their pocket money in an unusual game of blackjack.

An Irishman Abroad

In 2013, Regan began An Irishman Abroad, a series of weekly podcasts interviewing Irish people and people of Irish descent about their lives and gaining insights into the experiences of Irish people abroad, both successes and failures.[8][9]

Most of the guests of the more than 100 episodes have been celebrities from the worlds of comedy (Dara Ó Briain, Jason Byrne, Graham Linehan), sport (Sonia O'Sullivan, Richard Hughes), as well as film and television (Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen).[1][9][10][11]

Some of the guests are successful but not particularly famous, but have a story to tell. In 2014, The Daily Telegraph included the podcast among the "best comedy podcasts", and Niall Byrne of the Irish Independent included it in a list of "world's greatest podcasts".[12][13]

In 2014, Paul Campbell of The Guardian's "Talking Sport" blog wrote of the Jerry Flannery edition that "every single young person reading this should go download this podcast and listen to it every week for the rest of time".[14]

See also


  1. Fitzpatrick, Richard (8 January 2015). "Comedian Jarlath Regan is the talk of the town thanks to his podcast An Irishman abroad". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  2. "Regan returns to Kilkenny for this year's Cat Laughs Comedy Festival". Galway Advertiser. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  3. "Nobody Knows Jarlath Regan". The Stage. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. "Nobody Knows… Jarlath Regan". Metro. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  5. "Official Website of Jarlath Regan". Jarlath Regan. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. "A stellar line up at the Laughter Lounge". Munster Express. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  7. "'Irishman Abroad' podcast series begins with Graham Linehan". The Irish Times Blog. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  8. "Interview with comedian Jarlath Regan:Irishman has a laugh in Luxembourg". Luxemburger Wort. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  9. Jarlath Regan (22 August 2015). "Jimeoin". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (101 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  10. Jarlath Regan (3 July 2018). "Graham Linehan on his cancer journey and Father Ted - The Musical: Episode 251". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (251 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  11. Naughton, Pete (13 October 2014). "The best comedy podcasts". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  12. Byrne, Niall (7 February 2014). "Earphone fodder: 10 of the world's greatest podcasts". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  13. "Our favourite things online this week: from Sochi drawings to schadenfreude". The Guardian. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
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