“Father Ted” star in Chicago Stand-up gig Thursday night


Join award-winning comedian, Ardal O’Hanlon, as he brings the best of Irish comedy to the Irish American Heritage Center this winter.


Best known for his role as Father Dougal Maguire in the Father Ted TV series, O’Hanlon is also a highly acclaimed stand-up comic, selling out to audiences internationally on regular solo tours.


O’Hanlon has also distinguished himself as an actor with guest leads in BBC programs as diverse as Skins and Doctor Who and My Hero. He also starred in the feature film, Wide Open Spaces and has received great acclaim for his theatre work, including starring in God of Carnageat the Gate Theatre, Dublin; Port Authority at the Southwark Theatre, London; and See You Next Tuesday in the West End.


Father Ted was a wildly popular Irish-British co-production that ran from 1995 through 1998.


Bryan Walsh opens the show for O’Hanlon with a set. Born in County Cork, Walsh immigrated to Canada in the 1980s.  He started acting during high school in Montreal.  He studied theater at McGill University.  As part of his studies he completed an internship at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin.  After graduating, Walsh took courses at i.o. in Chicago and The Second City in Toronto.  In 2007, he starred in the award winning Canadian film, The Limits.  He most recently lived in London where he was a regular at the respected comedy clubs, The Good Ship, The Exhibit, and Downstairs at the King’s Head.  He has performed his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe and most recently in 2012 at London’s Camden Fringe.


Ardal O’Hanlon is Thursday, February 28 at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for premium seating, which includes a preshow reception in the Fifth Province, sponsored by Tullamore Dew, tickets for seating in the first 5 rows in the Auditorium and a post-show meet-and-greet. General admission tickets on the main floor are $25 and balcony seating tickets are $20. Patrons with general admission and balcony tickets can purchase drinks before and during the show.


To purchase tickets, call the IAHC office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or visit www.irishamerican.org.