Belfast-based stand-up Jake Oâ€™Kane had a baptism of fire into comedy in 1993. Within one week of appearing at a local comedy clubâ€™s try-out spot, Jake became a resident MC. Jake is now resident compere of Northern Irelandâ€™s biggest and longest running comedy club The Empire Laughs Back at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast.
Jake has toured extensively, working with some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit including Ardal Oâ€™Hanlon, Dylan Moran and Peter Kay. Jakeâ€™s first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, appearing in a stand-up show entitled â€˜Alternative Ulsterâ€™, received both popular and critical acclaim. Jake has also appeared at some of the countryâ€™s top comedy clubs including The Stand, Jongleurs and The Comedy Store.
Jakeâ€™s television and radio credits include appearances on the award-winning â€˜The Empire Laughs Backâ€™ as well as guest spots on â€˜Two Ceasefires and a Weddingâ€™ and â€˜Give My Head Peaceâ€™. More recently, Jake hosted and performed on the BBC NI stand up show â€˜One Night Standâ€™ and is resident panellist on â€˜The Blame Gameâ€™ on both TV and radio.
Jake has also contributed to some of Northern Irelandâ€™s top television and radio programmes, writing and performing on â€˜Kellyâ€™, â€˜The John Daly Showâ€™ and â€˜McKeeverâ€™, and secured a regular slot on Downtown Radio, allowing him to take a satirical look at the weekâ€™s news and current affairs.
Confrontational yet intelligent, Jake tackles a wide spectrum of issues, appealing to a wide audience base.