Ian Coppinger

Comedian

Ian Coppinger is a consummate storyteller in the classic Irish mode. A veteran of two decades in the field, Coppinger is hailed as one of the Emerald Isle’s hardest-working and best-travelled exports. A master of the anecdote, Ian picks apart first-hand observations, and spins them out to increasingly exaggerated – and hilarious – scenarios, which have the audience in raptures.

Ian Coppinger

Ian Coppinger is a consummate storyteller in the classic Irish mode. A veteran of two decades in the field, Coppinger is hailed as one of the Emerald Isle’s hardest-working and best-travelled exports. A master of the anecdote, Ian picks apart first-hand observations, and spins them out to increasingly exaggerated – and hilarious – scenarios, which have the audience in raptures.

Regularly compared to compatriot Tommy Tiernan, Coppinger has strong opinions – and is not scared to share them. Coupled with his razor-sharp insights and powerful delivery, Ian is a mighty, pint-sized package. Also known as a noted stage actor, Coppinger starred alongside Christian Slater, Mackenzie Crook (Gareth from The Office) and ER star Alex Kingston in a production of classic counterculture novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, which went on to become one of the biggest shows in West End history.

He also worked alongside comedy A-listers Alan Davies and Bill Bailey in The Odd Couple – which in 2005 was declared the best-selling play ever hosted at the Edinburgh Fringe – and worked again with Bailey, as well as Steve Frost and Owen O’Neill, in a stage adaptation of Hollywood classic 12 Angry Men.

As a solo stand-up comic, Coppinger has proved equally successful, supporting Ardal O’Hanlon on his UK tour and Pat Shortt on his Irish tour, including seven sell out weeks in Dublin’s Vicar Street.

A noted improviser, Ian is also co-founder of The Dublin Comedy Improv, where since 1992 he has performed weekly at Ireland’s second-longest running comedy club, the International Bar, and taped two hit radio shows.

As well as touring across Europe, North America and Asia, Coppinger remains a national treasure on home turf, and is one of a few select acts to be invited back to the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival year after year, since making his debut in 1995.

Capable of charming even the most mainstream crowd, more than 250,000 copies of his stand-up CD were once distributed in Sunday tabloid News of the World.

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