Ferocious and ‘blisteringly honest’ - but mammy’s not allowed to show up!

Comedian Micky Bartlet
Comedian Micky Bartlet

Micky Bartlett, the fastest rising comedy star in Northern Ireland takes to the stage at The Playhouse this Friday night at 8pm as part of this year’s Big Tickle festival - and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.

Billed as Northern Ireland’s answer to Kevin Bridges, Bartlett has the comic skill of a seasoned professional - despite only being 26 years old.

Lurgan born Bartlett - who discovered his love for stand up while studying at Magee - is recognised by his peers as one of the funniest and most popular acts on the entertainment circuit today,

Having cut his teeth at Masons Comedy Club since its early days in 2008, he took part in Find me the Funny, a BBC competition to find “the next big thing in Northern Irish comedy’. After winning the show, he debuted at Edinburgh Fringe the same year.

Appearances in BBC’s LOL and Diarmuid Corr’s Sketchy cemented his reputation as a writer and performer of great versatility and energy. He has also proven himself to be the breakout star of BBC NI’s comedy panel show ‘Monumental’ where he shared the stage with Jimeoin, Andrew Maxwell and Michael Smiley. He’s played the Odyssey arena in Belfast opening for Patrick Kielty as well as at the Grand Opera House where he was filmed exclusively for Dave’s One Night Stand series. He’s been featured on The Blame Game radio series, performed warm up for Rhod Gilbert, he’s a regular performer at the legendary Empire Comedy Club in Belfast and is also known for his role in the hugely popular Internet series ‘I am Fighter.’

2013 has been a breakthrough year with his first solo show Go Wi Ma performing to rave reviews at theatres across Northern Ireland, the Edinburgh Fringe and just last week at Electric Picnic.

The show examines the trials and tribulations of finding love with some gloriously bad chat up lines thrown in for good measure, hence the title ‘Go Wi Ma’ as Micky explains: “It’s from a line we used back in the day,” he said.

“You’d walk up to a beautiful lady – well, depending on how drunk you were, there are different degrees of beautiful – and just scream the word ‘gowima’ in her face. It very rarely worked – you normally had to buy her a couple of chips first.”

Audiences new to Micky Bartlett can expect a side splittingly funny, ferocious and blisteringly honest show about life and love and late night takeaways gone horribly wrong.

“I’m very twitchy when I’m performing stand-up, full of nervous energy. So it’ll be interesting to see who comes along on the night and what the audience make of it all.

“That doesn’t include my mother, she’s not allowed in. She heckles too much.”

Tickets: £10/£8 available from the Playhouse on 028 71268027.