Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Digital YOU! How 2.0 market your business or yourself online

 Ok, so by now now you've realised that along with our love of comedy, festivals, all things wacky & wonderful, we are also huge fans of the online world! Computer nerds.... not quiet! Computer mad.... most definitely! We are bloody obsessed with the online world.... I mean, where else would we find out about all the events we show up for! Who would have known about things like the "National Scarecrow Championship" or the "World Statue Festival" without the wonderful world of the web!

Now we're not completely naive.... we know we only came across all of these things because of how well they are marketed online. In today's challenging times, companies are spending more and more time promoting themselves online and focusing on digital marketing rather than traditional marketing techniques. There are many reasons for this but mainly down to the massively reduced costs, the speed and distance at which you can reach your audience, and the ability to change your mind or direction at a second's notice.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Des Bishop - My Dad was nearly James Bond!

 My love of comedy began at a very early age. My Dad would never call himself a fan of comedy, yet my first introduction was through him. I would curl up on the couch beside him in delight and watch Fawlty Towers, The Thin Blue Line, Only Fools and Horses, and as I got a little older I got to share Billy Connolly with him. I would keel with laughter every time he would tell me about the time he brought my mum to see Billy Connolly live, convinced that she too would love his quick and fiery humor....... "NEVER AGAIN" he would proclaim! My mother drove him mad during the show, constantly poking and asking my dad what had just been said on stage as she couldn't understand Billy's thick Scottish accent! I loved when he told this story as I always felt it brought us closer, nobody else in the family got it.... it was our thing!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Beware of Brussels Sprout Lovers, Fans of Will Ferrell and Novelty Ties!

With now being the time to think ahead and book the annual end of year work party, Ireland's premier comedy venue the Laughter Lounge reveal the results of their Christmas office party survey and reveal the statistics surrounding co-worker hook ups, cringe worthy karaoke and rowdy behaviour. Nearly 1000 respondents took part in the recent survey and have confessed their work shindig shenanigans.

Comedian Karl Spain (RTÉ’s Karl Spain Wants a Woman and Karl Spain Wants to Rock) was on hand to help launch the results of work party survey and reveal the 5 stereotypical party goers or ‘Usual Suspects’ that have been identified from the responses: ‘The Sneaky Snogger’, ‘The Festive Fistycuffs’, ‘The Dad Dancer’, ‘The Seasonal Snoozer’ and ‘The Escape Artist’. 37% of office workers have shared a cheeky kiss with a co-worker, with over 3 in 4 (76%) admitting to dancing around their handbags and throwing shapes on the dancefloor. 25% admit to insulting a co-worker or their boss, with 28.5% of Healthcare staff confessing to telling their employer exactly how they feel at the bash.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

To Arthur! To Aloe Blacc, Ed Sheeran, Scissor Sisters and more!!

 So Arthur Guinness day hey? Here, I'll cheer to who ever you want if it means a country wide bash to beat all bashes!! So Shell got held up and my super glam cousin "B" kept me company for the night! This year we got to see it, feel it and sure as hell celebrate it, down at Dublin's infamous Olympia Theatre thanks to the lovely Darragh @ Yay.ie! When the INCREDIBLE Aloe Blacc arrived on stage with MTV's super siren Laura Whitmore appeared on stage we it wasn't Martha or Arthur we were cheering it was "To Darragh" we were bloody yelling!!