Rhythm Festivals: John Cooper Clarke and Ardal O'Hanlon

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John Cooper Clarke

Rhythm Festival promoter Jim Driver announced today that the comedy stage will be headlined by Irish comedian Ardal O'Hanlon on Saturday 25th and by veteran Punk Poet and comedian John Cooper Clarke on Sunday 26th.

Ardal O'Hanlon: The hilarious star of 'Father Ted', 'Blessed' and 'My Hero' is coming over from Ireland for a rare live show and especially for Rhythm Festivals. A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured to sell out audiences internationally and released two Top Ten stand up DVD's. Recently Ardal completed production in a lead role for the feature film, ‘Wide Open Spaces’. Ardal's debut book, ‘The Talk of the Town’ proved to not only be a Best Seller - but has recently been voted one of the 1001 books of all time, to read before you die.

‘ He is a complete joy to watch, planting the sort of silly images that bump around in your head forever.’ Times

In a vain attempt at bourgeois credibility, Manchester's sharp-dressed, sharp-delivering punk poet Lenny, changed his name to John Cooper Clarke and embarked on a polysyllabic excursion though Thrillsville. Clad in the slum chic of the hipster, he issued the slang anthems of the zip age in the desperate esperanto of bop. Expect a mix of hilarious anecdotes of life in a Northern town interspersed with machine-gun fast delivery of some of his best poems. 'If you think poetry is dull and boring, or posh and erudite - you haven't seen JCC!'

No bigger accolade and platitude of his work is that no less than 3 of his poems are now in the GCSE syllabus, including the remarkable Twat. He is studied by many A level students and his poetry is prolific within UK and Irish University courses, all ensuring that he will be forever ingrained in the psyche of Britain’s new youth. He is also the new voice of Domino's Pizza on TV, but keep that quiet...

Published on 22 March 2012 by Ben Robinson

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