Adam with Emman Idama, Pauline Shanahan, Danny Dowling, Amy Walsh, Joe Dowlin 8SEPT21
ith laughter being the best medicine – after penicillin and the Pfizer vaccine, of course – the return of the Hardy Har comedy nights at the Harbour Bar is a tonic for the droops.
It’s been GG’s big night out for many a year, and the perfect excuse to finally climb back out of the trenches.
Especially given that next Wednesday night gig boasts the likes of Kevin Gildea, Tommy Nicholson and Emma Doran.
To mark Hardy Har’s return, we caught up with founder and host Adam Burke to see how his funny bone has been holding up over this strange and strained year…
How good does it feel to be hosting live comedy again? Phenomenal. Nothing compares to a live audience. It’s an energy that cannot be replicated. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the 500 plus that supported each night of At The Manor or the 30 people that came to our first socially distanced Hardy Har, the buzz is the same. Friendly faces, real time interactions, contagious laughter, just having the craic together. That’s what it is- togetherness. An ‘in the moment’ experience that uou just can’t get anywhere else. Stand up comedy is nothing without a live audience. I’ll never take those audiences for granted again.
It takes something special to get people out the door and away from their Netflix binges right now… But that’s just it. Stand up is special. So special. You are part of the show. You aren’t just at the gig, you are the gig. There’s that human connection and we have all faced this collective adversity that really needs some unpacking. At times we have seen the worst of humanity when our back was against the wall but for me, comedians have a way of reminding us of the best of humanity. What we can relate to and what we can align to, so getting out to a gig is a way to grab some normality with both hands, reflect in a way that makes you feel human again or of you dfint want to get that deep, just to have one too many beers and two too many laughs.
Chuckles are important part of our daily diet – always easy to see the funny side in our year of living cautiously? No. There were a few weeks of taking it all in my stride, finding the funny, keeping upbeat, planning ahead.. Then there was the dark chasm of indefinite timelines, extended lockdowns and no gigs on the horizon. I was lucky though. I had the distractions of a new baby in my life, a new job, a college course, lots of distractions… and the support of a beautiful family. There were certainly tough days but hey… such is life. In the grand scheme of things, I’m a blessed man. And when things weren’t feeling funny, I had people who kept me smiling. That was enough.
You have old favourites such as Kevin Gildea and Tommy Nicholson swinging by next Wednesday alongside some up-and-comers – I’m guessing comedians are crying out for the return of gigs like Hardy Har…? Absolutely!! And every comedian has definitely used the 18 months to be highly productive, to write new material and to come back better than ever. We definitely aren’t known to procrastinate!! (Can you feel the hint of sarcasm??)
Demand for gigs is ridiculously high. I’m trying to create as much stage time and as many opportunities for my peers as possible. But there is a finite amount of stage time. So trust me. I’m bringing you some of the very best comedy available to us. Hardy Har will be hopping!
Shamefully, haven’t been to The Harbour Bar in far too long – still the Greatest Little Pub In The World…? Not just the best little venue but the best staff, the best customers and the best little community you could ever hope to be a part of. I missed our regulars so much and I’m delighted to see them coming back out and remembering what it is to share each others company and have a laugh together.
Things have gotten very busy, very quickly since we have started to re- emerge from the covid fiasco… But it will NEVER be too busy to go back to where it all started and bring comedy home to The Harbour Bar.
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Finally, what’s your current favourite pun or one-liner, my man? No one-liners that stand out at the moment but would highly recommend the piece of art that is Bo Burnham’s new Netflix special, Inside.
And, having the stupid sense of humour that I do, I find humour in everyday stuff, just like these two recent group chat posts – Bot Obituary and Milke It! – that really got me…
The Hardy Har September 29th line-up includes Kevin Gildea, Tommy Nicholson, Emma Doran, Jim Elliot, Sinéad Walsh, Selma Page and that feck Burke. Kick-off is 8pm, and admission is free.
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