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“If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again!” But if you still don’t succeed, it might not be a bad idea to sit down and have a good think about what it is you’re trying to do. JARLATH REGAN has performed on The World Stands Up (Comedy Central) and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three) and after having a good think, presents a comedy extravaganza of tales and illustrated points around, but not exclusively on the subject of optimism in a bleak world.

Award-winning comedian, writer and star of the hit Irish panel show, The Panel, JARLATH REGAN has gained a reputation with the industry and audiences for his uplifting, inventive and relentlessly funny stand-up.

Since 2007 JARLATH has brought five solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and has performed at The Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, The New Zealand Comedy Festival and the Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane festivals as a part of the Best of The Edinburgh Fest Showcase tours.

A finalist in both the BBC and Channel 4 New Comedy Awards, JARLATH’S first published book How To Break Bad News (Transworld for Random House) was an instant Irish bestseller. JARLATH’S second book Putting A Ring On It - What Not To Do When Attempting To Get Married, was released in April 2011, featured more than 200 brand new illustrations and also became a cult hit in his homeland.

An accomplished television and radio presenter (on television in Ireland) in 2011 JARLATH co-hosted and devised comedy segments for a season of children’s television on Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE. JARLATH’S other credits include Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up, Last Comic Standing on NBC, Live at The Stand Comedy Club (BBC Radio Scotland), The Blame Game (BBC Radio Ulster) and The Apprentice You’re Fired (TV3).

What the press have said about Jarlath Regan:

“Side-splitting stuff * * * * ” Metro

“A refreshing and hilarious change of pace ******” Independent

“A subtle yet sublime helping of observational wit *****” The Herald

The Audacity of Hope and the Inspirational Stupidity of Perseverance
Venue: The Stand - Assembly Rooms
Date: 1st August
Time: 5.50pm
Date: 3rd - 26th August
Time: 5.00pm
Box Office: 0844 693 3008
For more information and press tickets, please contact: or phone:
Hannah Wilkinson, Alex Sayer, Lottie Doran, Debra Clavey, Charlotte Davidson or Dan Lloyd on:
Edinburgh: 0131 527 1588 / London: 020 7598 7222


Avalon is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK. Recent highlights include: RUSSELL HOWARD performing to over 240,000 fans with sell-out tour Right Here, Right Now; AL MURRAY’s triple extended show The Pub Landlord’s Beautiful British Tour, including London’s O2 arena; RUSSELL KANE becoming the only person to win both the Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award in the same year for Smokescreens and Castles; RICHARD HERRING returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his 25th year; DAVE GORMAN’s Barry Award nominated sell-out tour Powerpoint Presentation and GREG DAVIES’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated, triple-extended, 109 date sell-out show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog.

Avalon has been presenting shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1988, promoting more Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and nominees than any other company, including: CHRIS ADDISON, GREG DAVIES, DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, RUSSELL KANE, THE MIGHTY BOOSH, AL MURRAY, KRISTEN SCHAAL & KURT BRAUNOHLER and FRANK SKINNER and two of only three female winners of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award; JENNY ECLAIR and LAURA SOLON. Last year saw CHRIS RAMSEY nominated at the festival. Avalon has been presenting its new talent vehicle and the Fringe’s longest running stand-up showcase, The Comedy Zone, at the festival for the last 21 years, which has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in stand-up: DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, MARK LAMARR, STEWART LEE, SIMON MUNNERY, AL MURRAY and ROSS NOBLE.

Avalon Promotions has staged major shows and tours including: NEWMAN & BADDIEL at Wembley, in the first ever arena show in the UK, which played to over 10,000 people in 1993, FRANK SKINNER’S Guinness World record-breaking performance to an audience of 6,000 (the biggest ever stand-up show at that time) at Battersea Power Station and Jerry Springer - The Opera which won 6 Oliviers, playing to audiences at the National Theatre, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House.