COMEDIAN Micky Bartlett is to debut his new show at the Ardhowen Theatre tomorrow night. The Lurgan-born comedian has appeared on the likes of new RTE panel show ‘Hey Ho Let’s Go’ – there he shared the stage with Colin Murphy, John Colleary and Dermott Whelan – and is also well known for BBC Northern Ireland panel show Monumental and The Blame Game on Radio Ulster.
‘Micky Bartlett is Narcissilly’ takes its maiden voyage tomorrow night at the Ardhowen, before the comedian heads over to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As with all new shows, he admitted that brings with it added pressure.
“This is the premier of the new show. It’s absolutely terrifying – I’ve been working on the show for about four or five months so I know what way it’s supposed to go. But I’m also quite prone to going off tangent and talking absolute nonsense. So hopefully I can keep it the way it’s supposed to be.”
He described the theme.
“I moved in with my girlfriend this year. Initially I’d thought I was quite a cool guy, but I’ve realised now that I’m hitting 30, I don’t own anything – a lot of it’s about my own narcissism and all the things I used to think of myself. Then when you move in with the woman you get the truth.”
Micky no stranger to Fermanagh’s growing comedy scene. Regular comedy nights take place in Blakes of the Hollow and more recently, the Bush Bar, as well as the Ardhowen itself and local hotels.
“It was last May or June that I last played here. Enniskillen’s one of the best places in Ireland to do comedy. They’re just a great crowd. You really look forward to going, they’re big hearty laughers and they’re always clapping and cheering for you so you feel good when you’ve finished.”
He concluded: “It’s just a really fun show. I’m very proud of it I think. I never win in this show: Everything that happens I lose, so I need people to come down for the therapy I suppose!”
‘Micky Bartlett is Narcissilly’ is at the Ardhowen Theatre on Thursday 11 June 11 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at the Ardhowen Box Office on: 028 66325440 or online at www.ardhowentheatre.com.