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Dara O Briain is the biggest Irish comic to have hit the UK in recent years. Already a huge star in Ireland where he produces and presents the hit TV live comedy review show The Panel, Dara has now moved from being a sold-out festival favourite in Edinburgh to mainstream television success.
Dara is one the few performers to host succcesful comedy shows in both the UK and his native Ireland at the same time. He started his career in television as a children's presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he studied Mathematical Physics.
Dara sold out the entire run in Edinburgh in 2002, a feat he was to repeat for the next three years. By 2005, he was the biggest selling solo stand-up comedy show on the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dara's hosted six successful series' of the comedy panel game Mock the Week for BBC television.Other notable televison work includes two documentaries re-creating the legendary British comedy novel Three Men in a Boat, where he rowed down the Thames with Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath - the second is to be aired later in 2008. He fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and co-starred in the acclaimed BBC Radio 3 drama, Your Only Man, Annie Caulfield's play, about the Irish writer Brian O'Nolan.
On 6 November 2012, Dara Ó Briain began presenting a series called Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, in which Dara and other celebrities discuss science issues. The first edition of this programme features Ed Byrne talking about how closely related he is to the Neanderthals.
In 2013, Ó Briain joined Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Greg James, Melanie and Philips Idowu in Through Hell and High Water, a Comic Relief challenge which involved British celebrities canoeing the most difficult rapids of the Zambezi River. They raised over one £1 million for the charity.
Comedian and Television Presenter