Stand-up heading to Oz

GAME FOR A LAUGH: Comedian John O'Brien
GAME FOR A LAUGH: Comedian John O'Brien

A COMEDIAN who took voluntary redundancy to pursue his career in stand up comedy is hoping to have audiences laughing down under.

John O’Brien (38), from Moodiesburn, started performing nearly 13 years ago and went professional in July last year.

And when he was offered the choice between a salary cut or voluntary redundancy from his job working in a Co-op warehouse near Cumbernauld he decided to follow his dream and go full-time.

John, who uses the stage name Obie, said: “The money is tough, but I’m getting there.

“I did the Edinburgh Fringe last year and met a promoter who invited me to the Melbourne Comedy Festival for a three week run.

“It’s a great opportunity and would be my biggest gig since I played Glasgow’s Fruitmarket in the finals of the Scottish Comedian of the Year competition five years ago.

“Now I just need to raise the cash to get there.”

For full story, see this week’s Herald dated Wednesday, February 22.