Irish comedian set to entertain

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Comedian Alan McElroy. Photo: Supplied

THE ‘bloke who burned down the bar’ on the TV soap Shortland Street‘ will be entertaining in Invercargill tomorrow.

Based in Auckland, Irishman Alan McElroy was an “award-winning stand-up comedian”, having won Best Newcomer at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards in 2011 as well as being nominated as the best emcee at the awards in 2017.

A regular headliner and emcee at The Classic Comedy Club, throughout New Zealand, and host of Irish shows in the Australian comedy and fringe festivals, he also acted as an emcee for corporate events.

Among his many talents, as an actor and comedian, he also had the title of “Crack Up Quiz Supreme Leader”.

Some may even recognise him from his time on Shortland Street for a few episodes “before burning down the bar, getting chased by the police, crashing and taken to hospital, to be saved by Dr Chris”, Greenlight Innovations director Leon Hartnett said.

“It was a gripping few episodes.”

McElroy will perform as a fundraiser for Greenlight Innovations, a community organisation which organises community and cultural events such as Free Comic Book Day, the St Patrick’s Day Festival Invercargill and Pavluber, Mr Hartnett said.

“We are also proud supporters of events and organisations including TEDxInvercargill and Koha Kai.”

Mr Hartnett said the money would go towards funding various community projects.

He also appreciated the support of the club and the Victoria Railway Hotel.

“It should be a good night… he’s really good,” Mr Hartnett said.

  • Irish comedian Alan McElroy is Down South, Invercargill Workingmen’s Club Corinthians Convention Centre, Friday, November 20, 7pm. Tickets at Eventbrite or door sales, $25.
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