TOMMY Tiernan is to kick off his ‘World Tour of Limerick’ with a sold-out gig in Thomond Park tonight.
The tour takes in nine gigs over the course of two weeks across Limerick city and county, most of which are completely sold-out.
This is the country’s most successful comedian’s second tour of Limerick - a similar stint in January 2010 saw him sell out every venue that he played.
Tiernan recently told this newspaper he was he was “delighted to be doing his second world tour of Limerick”.
“We had a great time in Limerick last time,” he said. “The idea behind it is that the storyteller is supposed to go to you,” he explained.
Don’t be surprised to see him out walking the streets of Limerick city and its townlands, as he said he “likes to get out and walk around and meet people while I am on tour and listen to their stories”.
From tonight’s gig in Thomond Park he goes to the Southill Area Centre, Strand Hotel, Dolan’s Warehouse, the Woodlands Hotel, Adare, Devon Inn, Templeglantine and Bulgaden Castle, Kilmallock, before returning to the Strand on March 15.
Tickets remain for the Kilmallock gig and the March 15 show in the Strand Hotel.
The oft-controversial comedian refers to himself as a storyteller and of late has started to weave stories from old Irish ‘epics’ in recent shows.
“You can’t be anything about who you are,” explained Tiernan.
“I remember a story teller saying, ‘there is no point in being a Kerryman in Kerry, you might as well be a Kerryman in New York as well’. You don’t have to apologise for being Irish. I am an Irish storyteller, an Irish stand-up comedian, I am not going to try and hide that. I always found it interesting when American comics came over here and talked about America, had their own turn of phrase, it was always interesting to me.”
The comic said he would never pull his punches for fear of being “controversial” - a word he has constantly been associated with throughout his career.
“I don’t think anybody ever walked away from one of my shows saying it was controversial,” he said.
“We have all read articles trying to create controversy out of my show, but I don’t think the actual show itself is in any way controversial. In terms of risks, I take them, but they are just risks with jokes.”
See www.ticketmaster.ie for tickets.