WATCH: University of Limerick graduate’s comedy debut on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

Alan Owens


UNIVERSITY of Limerick graduate Sean Finnerty landed a slot on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show in the US to perform his stand-up comedy routine to an audience that can run to the millions.

The business graduate, who hails from Longford originally, made his TV debut on The Tonight Show on Friday night, performing jokes about his experiences moving to the US from Ireland, including inappropriate immigration conversations and horrific airline experiences.

The University of Limerick tweeted that it was a "long way from his time in the UL debating society! Well done to @BusinessAtUL graduate @SeanyFinnerty on landing a slot to perform his stand up comedy routine on the The Tonight Show with @jimmyfallon".

The show is well-known the world over for its hilarious sketches, music and interviews with celebrities and has even featured Irish talent such as Saoirse Ronan and Liam Neeson. But Sean believes he is the first Irish comedian to perform stand-up on the show.

Sean lives in New York and earned the coveted slot when he was spotted by a booker for the popular show at the Stand Up NBC Comedy competition in Houston. He even cancelled a performance at Stand Up NBC in Charlotte to ensure he was available for the performance.