Ross Browne’s Professional Idiot at The Source

Ross Browne’s ‘Professional Idiot’ will feature at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, July 25th.

Ross Browne’s ‘Professional Idiot’ will feature at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, July 25th.

Ross Browne is one of the best emerging stand-up comedians in the country.

He is also one of one of the stars of RTÉ Two’s hit hidden camera show ‘The Fear’ in which he portrays off-the-wall characters such as Jimmy Bad Bouncer, Sergeant Major and Dolf. His razor-sharp material and high-energy delivery have cemented him as one of the most promising stand-up comedians in recent years.

Before getting his big break with RTÉ Browne had recorded hidden camera shows and posted them online which led to an audition for ‘The Fear’.

“It was completely out of nowhere. The fact that the show was already commissioned and was going to air just doesn’t happen,” Ross Browne explained.

Browne’s background is in stand-up comedy and he’s been mentored by none other than comedy legend Tommy Tiernan. Ross said his only advice was to write and to keep writing until something works. He got a gig in Galway to support Tommy Tiernan after he asked how much material Ross had. “About ten minutes” was the budding young comedian’s response - not the truth at all, but when Tommy Tiernan asks you to perform you just do it. Ross spent the next three weeks trying to put something together!

Ross can also boast help from Des Bishop, after his parents secured the comedian’s number by chance.

“They told him I was trying to get into comedy and he gave them his personal number for me to ring. I was in Spain at the time, called him and Des said he had a seven-minute slot for me. I told him I was in and I think he was fairly shocked that I was coming all the way over from Spain for it. But you couldn’t pass up that sort of opportunity,” Ross Browne explained.

“Either all this is part of my destiny or else I will crash and burn spectacularly after being given all the chances in the world!”

Ross Browne comes to The Source for one night only on July 25th.

Brace yourselves, anything can happen when the ‘Professional Idiot’ comes to town.

Don’t miss Ross Browne’s ‘Professional Idiot’ at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Saturday, July 25th at 8pm.

For all bookings and enquiries please call the box office on 0504 90204 (Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm & Saturday 2-5pm) or book online at www.thesourceartscentre.ie.