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DEIRDRE O’KANE TO HOST SKY ONE STAND-UP COMEDY SERIES

Sky One has commissioned Irish production company Kite Entertainment to make a stand-up comedy show fronted by Deirdre O’Kane.

The five-part series with the working title Deirdre O’Kane: Live from Dublin will be filmed at the Olympia Theatre over four nights next April and air on the UK broadcaster’s main channel in autumn 2020.

The show, which will see a mix of big-name comedians and new talent join O’Kane on stage, follows Sky’s 2017 call for pitches from the Irish independent production sector and a subsequent development deal with Dublin-based Kite.

The one-hour format will be similar to the BBC’s long-running stand-up series Live at the Apollo, but there will be a ‘musical twist on things’, while Irish talent will be pushed throughout.

‘It’s beginning to feel very real,’ said O’Kane. ‘We’re chatting to some big names and I’m pulling out all the stops to make sure it’ll be great craic altogether.’

‘We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Kite to bring a big stand-up show from Dublin hosted by the brilliant Deirdre O’Kane and joined by a host of guests who will no doubt raise the roof,’ said Sky Ireland chief executive JD Buckley.

O’Kane is ‘one funny woman’, said Phil Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky. ‘Ever since her star turn in the brilliant Moone Boy, we’ve been wanting to create a show around her unique talents and made entirely in Ireland.’

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