Hailing from ‘The Rebel County’ (That’s Cork for anyone outside Ireland!), Chris gave up the day job as an electrician, to pursue his calling in comedy. Having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Burr, Dylan Moran, David O’ Doherty, PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare, Chris himself is en route to becoming a household name.
His festival appearances include The Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy festival, The Galway Comedy festival, Electric Picnic, and many more on the Irish scene. He has had a number of successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performed at the Irish comedy Festival Dubai 2014 along with other international appearances with his show Corked. His most recent Edinburgh appearance was in 2015 with Stop Stalling.
As an actor, he can be seen in The Young Offenders (BBC/RTÉ) and Sharon Horgan’s Women On The Verge (UKTV/ RTÉ). Other television appearances include, the RTÉ 2 panel show Next Year’s News, and The Craig Doyle Show. In the UK, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central.
On radio, he has been a regular panelist for the RTE Radio 1 show The Second Republic and a guest panelist on BBC’s The Blame Game.
In 2010 he was the recipient of the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy festival, and Winner of the Bulmer’s Nuttin’ But Funny Comedy Award 2009. Following on from being listed as “One to Watch” in The Dublin magazine’s “Red Hot and Rising” for 2012, Chris Kent was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine in 2013.
“The young Cork man is a gifted storyteller of yarns, centered on misunderstandings, frequently with himself as the butt of the joke. His seemingly nondescript tales are garnished with rich, surprising details, delivered with an endearingly straight face. The raw, rough edges of his slow, deliberate delivery make it feel like you’re listening to the hapless, slightly touched one in your group of mates.” Jay Richardson
“Compelling storyteller, truly surprising, beautifully delivered” The Scotsman
“Breathes new life into anecdotal comedy” The List
“Impressive” The Irish Times
“Carefree, comedic bulls-eye” The Dubliner Magazine
“A comedy natural” Beyond The Joke
“Massive potential and already frighteningly accomplished” The British Comedy Guide
“Truly gifted story teller” Chortle