Colin Murphy

Sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival earnt him huge critical and industry acclaim

Colin Murphy is one of today’s top Northern Irish comedians. His distinct fusion of edgy ‘in your face’ topical satire with off beat but acute observational material makes him a highly original and much sought after performer. As a regular at Belfast’s Empire comedy club, Murphy has a razor sharp wit and his turnover of material is nothing short of prolific.

A formally trained actor and founding member of the Sightlines Theatre Company, Murphy has appeared in many theatre productions. These include Twelfth Night and Auschwitz, in which he played Gottleib. The latter part earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Irish Students’ Drama Awards.

As an actor, Murphy has appeared in many productions and can be seen co-starring in the Scala feature film Divorcing Jack as Gibber McGibbet. Other noteworthy appearances include the feature film The Most Fertile Man in Ireland, ITV’s Big Bad World, the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series I Fought the Law and the BBC drama series Eureka Street and Red and Blue.

However, it is his storming comedy routines that have brought him directly into the public eye. In particular, his sell out breathtaking runs between 1999 and 2002 at the Edinburgh Festival earned him huge critical and industry acclaim. In 2002, Murphy headlined shows in New York, Boston, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels and Montreal.

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