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Top comedian celebrates 37 years in the business at Strule Arts Centre

Brendan Grace, Ireland's ambassador of comedy, is celebrating his 37th year in showbusiness with 'The Best of 37 Years' at Strule Arts Centre on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October.

Grace's latest show features the best and most requested pieces from his repertoire, so fans can expect the familiar freckled face of 'Bottler' to make at least one appearance.

Born in Dublin in 1952, at the age of 18 Grace formed The Gingermen and toured the country during the showband era of the 1960s. The Gingermen saw moderate success and laid the foundation for one of the most successful entertainment careers in Ireland.

The band once found themselves two members short and in an attempt to calm an anxious crowd, Grace was thrust upon the stage to humour them. That was it. His wit and razor sharp observations of daily life in Ireland immediately bought the crowd and since then he has been selling out venues worldwide. Music is never far from Grace's heart, though, with his self-penned hit 'Combine Harvester' lodging at #1 in the UK charts for six weeks in 1980.

Grace has worked with international stars both on stage and on screen, including Tom Jones, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, David Soul, Howard Keel, Kiki Dee, Gloria Gaynor, and the late Roy Orbinson. In 1991 Grace was booked to entertain Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minelli, at a private show for the stars and their entourage.

The trio were appearing in Dublin for two sell-out shows at the end of their Ultimate Event world tour. So entertained were they that they gave Grace a standing ovation, and Mr Sinatra booked him to appear on his European tour.

Grace's work for children's charities has won him many accolades. Grace was appointed president of Ireland's Performing Artists Trust Society, and he also received an honor which was bestowed on him by former Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey, making him a Commissioner Of Peace in Ireland.

Grace's performances regularly sell out, from Carnegie Hall, Radio City and Westbury Music Fair to the Sydney Festival Theatre, London's Albert Hall and The New London Arena.