Dreamgun is a comedy conglomerate founded in 2014 by Stephen Colfer, Gavin Drea, Heber Hanly and James McDonnell. Their series of short films, including Millennials, Gym Gravy and Back in Town have been viewed by people on their phones at house parties over 289,808 times. Two more views and YouTube will give them a free hat.
Dreamgun made their Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2015 with their sketch comedy show, Chaos Theory. Their follow up show, Mimes in Time, had a sell-out run at Dublin Fringe Festival and was nominated for the Bewley’s Little Gem Award, which it did not win. Got a free hat though.
They now spend their days writing and performing Dreamgun Film Reads, a comedy show where they take a beloved film script and stuff it full of jokes and nonsense. Each script is then performed live by actors and comedians who haven’t had a chance to rehearse beforehand and each show is recorded as a podcast, which was included in the BBC’s 10 Best Culture Podcasts of 2018. Film Reads was first performed downstairs in Belo Bar before selling out Whelan’s, The Sugar Club and beyond in Dublin. It was the first show to sell out at Dublin Fringe 2017 and they followed suit in 2018 with a week of sellouts where they won the award for Best Ensemble. They brought the show to an adoring audience at the the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently the Adelaide Fringe before selling out their very first Vicar Street and touring Ireland. 2019 will also see them bring their show to the Underbelly Festival Southbank before returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for a fresh set of films. They have performed at numerous other festivals including the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Body & Soul and the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens.
“You have to adore movies to be able to savage them quite as hilariously as Dreamgun…consistently sharp, rapid-fire funny writing, crackling performances” ***** THE IRISH TIMES
“Wry, arch asides…and hilarious caricaturing…elevate the show to elevate the show to premium parody, while the unprepared comics’ earnest commitment to their roles makes Dreamgun a wholesome late-night riot.” **** FEST MAG
“I love Dreamgun so blooming much” DAVID O’DOHERTY
“Hilarious live read-throughs of brilliantly rewritten film classics” DARA Ó BRIAIN
“Inventive and varied, and brilliantly performed!” THE SUN
“Light-hearted and hugely entertaining comedy” THE LIST