Karl Spain has been a staple of Irish stand-up comedy for twenty years.
He has long been established as one of Ireland’s most popular comedians, from his own tours and touring with others, and has appeared at festivals all over the world. Karl has worked with some of the world’s greatest comedians.
In 2005, Karl achieved nationwide renown for his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman. This was a huge success in that he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman. In 2009 he filmed Karl Spain Wants to Rock but did not get a woman from that show. He has also appeared on Liffey Laughs, The Late Late Show, The Panel, Tubridy Tonight, The Afternoon Show and The Offside Show and Operation Transformation. Most recently, Karl was the face of the Ray Darcy Show’s Stand Up and Be Funny Competition, a country wide search for the new voices of Irish comedy.
Karl has also performed stand up on television all over the world – the U.S, the Middle East, Australia and even as far away as England.
Karl’s radio work includes Don’t Quote Me with the late Sean Hughes for RTÉ Radio 1 and You Couldn’t Make It Up for Newstalk.
He regularly performs at festivals such as Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Galway Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. Karl has toured Australia as well as the United States and South Africa.
In 2019 Karl toured internationally with Kevin Bridges and spent most of 2022 touring massive arenas with Kevin again.
He also performed around Ireland with Bernard O’Shea in their show, Fat Chancers.
He is currently touring his new show ‘Well, What Did You Expect?’ Karl talks about how we are where we are and how to solve all the world’s problems.
“the future of Irish comedy is in safe hands” HOT PRESS
“achingly funny” THE SUNDAY TIMES
“the audience were in the palm of his hand” THE METRO