Jake O'Kane on stage

Belfast-based stand-up Jake O’Kane had a baptism of fire into comedy in 1993. Within one week of appearing at a local comedy club’s try-out spot, Jake became a resident MC. Jake is now resident compere of Northern Ireland’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 O’Hanlon, Dylan Moran and Peter Kay. Jake’s first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, appearing in a stand-up show entitled ‘Alternative Ulster’, received both popular and critical acclaim. Jake has also appeared at some of the country’s top comedy clubs including The Stand, Jongleurs and The Comedy Store.

Jake’s television and radio credits include appearances on the award-winning ‘The Empire Laughs Back’ as well as guest spots on ‘Two Ceasefires and a Wedding’ and ‘Give My Head Peace’. More recently, Jake hosted and performed on the BBC NI stand up show ‘One Night Stand’ and is resident panelist on ‘The Blame Game’ on both TV and radio.

Jake has also contributed to some of Northern Ireland’s top television and radio programmes, writing and performing on ‘Kelly’, ‘The John Daly Show’ and ‘McKeever’, and secured a regular slot on Downtown Radio, allowing him to take a satirical look at the week’s news and current affairs.

Confrontational yet intelligent, Jake tackles a wide spectrum of issues, appealing to a wide audience base.