Biography

Colm O’Grady

When I was young I was born in the heart of Dublin, Ireland.  (A perfect start to a very short autobiography.)

I’m currently based in the South of France near Bordeaux, where I am fortunate to have a spacious rehearsal studio at home, literally 5 steps from my kitchen.

My career has been rich and varied, I have been very fortunate to work closely with many amazing people, many of whom have also been my mentors. I’ve been working in circus and theatre for over 25 years as a performer, writer and director, always referring to what I do as ‘Circus Theatre’ with a huge emphasis on comedy, clown and humour.

At the moment I am in Zurich, Switzerland as the Host for an amazing show concept called Pink Rabbit, it is Gregory Knie’s wonderful new creation with a cast of astounding artists. 

Recently I had my film directorial debut in a Short Film called ‘Fragile’, were I literally fell back on my early career as a stuntman.

In early 2022 I will be teaching at Declic Circus and rehearsing my New Solo Show for kids, the working title is ’The Lonesome Boatman’, it is due to premier in Summer 2022. Following that I will be Comedy Director for Palazzo’s upcoming Kings & Queen’s show, teaming up again with the hugely talented director Max Rambaek.

I am one half of the renowned duo Naked Lunch with my partner of 13 years Kevin Brooking, (www.ouch-zirk.com) with collectively over 30 million hits on Youtube, plus over 230 million views with Americas Got Talent as ‘Men With Pans’.

I was one of the co-founders of Clowns Without Borders Ireland, up until recently I was the director of the organisation for 14 years. (www.cwbireland.com)

Among the many incredible and inspiring artists, directors and circus teachers I have had the pleasure to learn from and work with, I have mainly studied with 3 masters. 

Most recently from 2011-18 I studied biannually the pedagogy of the late master clown teacher Michel Dallaire, it changed my approach to clown entirely. In my formative years I studied for 2 years with Philippe Gaulier at L’ecole Philippe Gaulier, he broke me and helped reshape me into me. And I have had the honour to study movement and theatre with maestro Monika Panyeaux over many years. (It suddenly seems like an Oscars speech!) 

With the guidance and generosity of these 3 masters and other gifted mentors constantly with me when I work I continue to dream, be creatively curious and joyfully ridiculous.

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Photo: Benard Boccara

Shows

Glücksjäger                 Palazzo (Germany/Austria)    Max Rambaek/O’Grady
Scandalo                   Ohlala (Switzerland)             Cal McCrystal
Hot Potato                Ouch                                 Colm O’Grady
Naked Lunch               Ouch-Zirk Co-production       Brooking/ O’Grady
Cirque de Sally         Ouch Entertainment             Louis Spagna
Shake Shake Shake   Pakipaya (Belgium)              Jean-Pierre Pagali
Delicious O’Grady     Ouch Entertainment             Cal McCrystal
Yodel                        Ouch Entertainment             Colm O’Grady
Crazy Love                Circus Price (Spain)             Antonio de Mesa
Circus                         Barabbas the Co.                        Raymond Keane
Lunar Circus                Lunar Circus (Australia)        Matt Yates
The Tiny Top               The Tiny Top (Australia)       Tony Rooke
Camel Show              Ouch Entertainment             Colm O’Grady
Quality Furniture      Quality Furniture                 Fanning/ O’Grady
The Great Innuendo  Ouch Entertainment             Colm O’Grady
Other Brothers          Eile and Ouch Co-prod          Eile/ O’Grady
Tumble Circus          Tumble Circus                     Ken Fanning
The Grandmother      Monkeyshine Theatre           Pennefeather/O’Grady
A Red Day                 Ishka Theatre Co.                Elaine Bastible
Home of the Brave   Tremendom Theatre (UK)     Alexis Kahn

Education

Ecole Philippe Gaulier           2 Years                      London
Dublin School of Acting         2 Years (Part time)      Ireland

Masterclasses

Michel Dallaire 2011-2018 Biannually
Monika Pagneaux (6 Years)
Pierre Biland, Jos Houben, Angela D’Castro, Micheline Vanderpole, Francy Begasse

Cabaret

La Clique, The Gaiety Grand, Tassel Club, No Fit State, Crazyhorse- Paris

TV

Mystic Knights     Stuntman   Saban Entertainment   Bob Hughes
Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde, France
Signe Talosh- Belgium
Supertalent- Germany
Rire sur la Ville -Belgium
Fuji-TV- Japan
Night at the Palladium -ITV-UK
Das Große Kleinkunstfestival- Germany
Iumour Romania
International Festival of Comedy- Columbia

Skills

Clown, Acrobatic Bicycle, Slapstick, Juggling and Object Manipulation, Giraffe Unicycle, Ariel

Music

Musical Saw, Musical Horns, Bells, Clarinet, Ukulele, Singing