Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats.
In his time on the British stand-up circuit, he has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He performs regularly at all the major clubs and is equally at home doing a set or acting as MC. He regularly supports Sarah Millican on tour and has also brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and once, the near east (Norwich). He brings a new stand-up show to the Edinburgh festival most years, mainly as an excuse to eat things that’ve been deep fried.
Admittedly, he’s not been to Edinburgh in the last couple of years but that’s because he has been far too busy writing books. He released his debut novel A Man With One of Those Faces in 2016 which has hit Amazon bestseller charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It has now become book one in his Dublin Trilogy, with The Day That Never Comes having been released in early 2017. There’s a prequel in the pipeline before the final third of the trilogy, which is already confusing the hell out of people. He also created the irreverent live show Panelbeaters with Gary Delaney, which has now been optioned for TV by Jason Manford’s production company.
When not doing all that, Caimh is in great demand as a writer for TV. He has recently worked on the hit BBC2 show ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’ and written for comics on ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Have I Got News for You’. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the CBBC animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created. He was a winner in the BBC’s Northern Laffs sitcom writing competition, where he was lucky enough to be mentored by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey of ‘Royle Family’ fame.
Caimh is massively proud to be ‘The Voice of London Irish’. Currently in his twelfth season as a key part of the London Irish rugby club match day experience, he acts as the announcer in the Madjeski stadium in Reading, as well as conducting player interviews and writing for the programme. He also is making an unfortunate habit of having his distinctive locks shaved off by members of the coaching staff for charity. He was recently delighted to referred to as ‘Appallingly Partisan’ by the Rugby Paper, who seemed to be under the mistaken impression that he is sent in by the UN to seek a peaceful resolution to the match.
So, all-in-all, he manages to keep himself busy.