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Dara and Ed's Pan Am Adventure will consist of three hour long episodes for broadcast on both BBC Two and RTE. Each episode will follow friends Dara O Briain and Ed Byrne on an epic journey as they travel along one of the world's greatest roads, the Pan American Highway. In 1940 three men, Sullivan Richardson, Arnold Whitaker and Kenneth Van Hee from Detroit set off on one of the greatest road trips of all time as they attempted to become the first to drive all the way from North to South America. Back then, the Pan American Highway was at best a dirt track; at worst non-existent. The journey was so audacious, the American press dubbed them the 'three damn fools'. Their extraordinary adventure blazed a trail for one of the longest road networks in the world. Seventy years on, Dara and Ed, set out on their own epic journey to see for themselves how the construction of the Pan American Highway has transformed the Americas.
Dara O Briain presents three days of Stargazing Live on BBC Two tonight at 8:00pm with his co-host Brian Cox, as they explore the nights skies with special guests. The show is followed at 9:00pm by Stargazing Live – Back to Earth for an extra half hour of chat, debate and audience participation on all things astronomical.
The DVD Michael McIntyre - Showtime was number one on Christmas Day in the official UK Comedy Stand-Up Chart and finished the week with 65,090 sales, ahead of Mrs Brown's Boys with 49,015 sales for the week leading up to Christmas Day and finishing on Saturday 29th December. Kevin Bridges - The Story Continues... climbs to number five with 27,093 sales, with Jon Richardson - Funny Magnet at number eleven with 9,205 sales closely followed by Dara O Brian - Craic Dealer at twelve with 7,950. Paul Chowdhry - What's Happening White People? has climbed to twenty-one with 1,.549 sales. Sales figures are for the period Sunday 23rd until Saturday 29th December 2012.
Dara O Briain is returning to the world famous Hammersmith Apollo to play a run of four shows this October. Dates for the new tour entitled Craic Dealer are Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October, and are now on sale.
Following 2010’s hundred and fifty date sell out tour of the UK & Ireland and best selling DVD This Is The Show, Irish funnyman Dara O Briain hits the road again with a brand new show for 2012. Dara is one of the most recognisable faces of British TV, hosting Mock The Week, The Apprentice – Your Fired, Stargazing Live and starring in Three Men in a Boat.
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Dara O Briain is a stand-up comedian, and television presenter, best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, and in Ireland for hosting RTÉ 2’s The Panel.
Dara is one the few performers to host successful 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 came to prominence in Ireland as host of topical panel show Don’t Feed The Gondolas (1998-2000). He had to leave the show midway through its fifth season in order to perform at the Adelaide and Melbourne comedy festivals.
Dara later co-founded the television production company Happy Endings Productions, whose most famous show in Ireland is The Panel (2003-onwards). The show has become one of the most talked about shows in Ireland and was twice nominated for the Best Entertainment show IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award).
His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he became host of BBC2’s Live Floor Show. This led to an appearance as guest and, ultimately, four appearances as guest host of the popular news quiz, Have I Got News For You. By this time he had moved to the UK and was working on the British circuit full-time.
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 nine successful series’ of the comedy panel game Mock the Week for BBC television and can also be seen hosting BBC 2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired.
Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath – the show is now in it’s fourth series. In 2007 Dara also fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and in 2011 Dara co-hosted BBC1’s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox.
Dara is also one of the most sought after award show hosts in Britain and regularly hosts The Empire Film Awards and the BAFTA Video Game Awards.
Dara’s first book Tickling the English, released in 2009, proved to be an instant hit, remaining in the charts for nigh on two years after release. Part travelogue, part tour diary, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.