Dara O Briain is a stand-up comedian and presenter, best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week.
After studying Mathematical Physics at University College Dublin, Dara started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit.
He spent three years as a presenter on the bilingual (Irish and English) children’s programme Echo Island but came to prominence as a team captain on the topical panel show Don’t Feed The Gondolas (1998-2000). He left the show midway through its fifth season in order to perform at the Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals.
Dara later co-founded the television production company Happy Endings Productions, whose most famous show in Ireland is The Panel (2003-onwards).
Hosted by Dara, the show has became one of the most talked about shows in Ireland and was twice nominated for the Best Entertainment Show at The Irish Film and Television Awards.
His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he became host of BBC2’s Live Floor Show. This led to an appearance as a guest and, ultimately, many appearances as guest host of the popular news quiz, Have I Got News For You.
Dara sold out his entire run at Edinburgh Festival in 2002, a feat he was to repeat for the next three years. By 2005, he was the biggest selling solo stand-up comedy show on the Edinburgh Fringe. He continues to tour, performing to sell-out audiences.
As well as presenting BBC 2’s Mock the Week, Dara has hosted four series’ of The Apprentice: You’re Fired.
Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath.
An amateur astronomer, in 2011 Dara started co-hosting BBC1’s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox.
Dara’s first book Tickling the English, released in 2009, proved to be an instant hit, remaining in the charts for nigh on two years after release. Part travelogue, part tour diary, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.
Dara is also one of the most sought after award show hosts in Britain and regularly hosts The Empire Film Awards and the BAFTA Video Game Awards.
Dara O Brian is available for private and corporate events.