For those of you who don’t know Robbie Bonham, he is a comedian/cartoonist/artist from the northside of Dublin who was voted the funniest man in Ireland by 98FM listeners (no pressure there). He has been performing stand-up since 2003, and is a regular headliner in Dublin’s Laughter Lounge!
Bonham’s style of comedy is casual – he appears as an everyman, sharing his observations on the world we live in. One of his greatest strengths is that he makes it seem like he’s not performing – it’s as if he’s just talking and it just so happens to be funny.
“These wankers come up to you on the street and shout, ‘Hey mister, get a haircut!’ I have to respond with the most offensive thing I can think of, like, ‘Your mother fellates tramps’ or something. That goes over the heads of most 8-year-olds…”
Sampson’s strength may have laid in his hair, but not so with Bonham, as the Santry comedian’s material has got stronger since he lopped off his long locks earlier this year!
A great thing about Bonham is how everyday his subject matter is and yet how unique his observations are. A self-confessed stoner, he describes being stoned to the uninitiated as being “like when you walk into the kitchen and you forget what you came in for, except all the time and with just a hint of panic.”
Something else that Bonham specialises in is making depressing, pessimistic statements in a jolly manner to great comedic effect. Eg. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from – Ballymun, Santry, the Southside, New York, London. We’re all united in our fear of gangs of twelve-year-olds in tracksuits.”
A comment that’s never been more relevant than now…As hard to categorise as he is funny (he’s neither a thinking man’s comedian nor a clown), 98FM listeners may have got it right.
Robbie plays Corks newest and quickly becoming it’s best comedy night The Roundy Laughs upstairs at The Roundy Bar, Castle Street on Friday 25th of April!
“Quirky, zany, and, most importantly, funny” – Capital magazine
“Pretty damn hilarious…A talented addition to any line-up” – ComedyEire
“Confident, intelligent, creative and darn funny” – The Laughter Lounge
“A great act who is the most consistent performer at work in Ireland” – Capital Comedy Club
“…has established himself as a hard hitter on the Irish comedy circuit” – Galway Independent.