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Why you should love Marcus Keeley

By chief hack Ignatius Rake

Posted November 07, 2017
Why you should love Marcus Keeley
Creme de la creme: Marcus Keeley in Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. © Marcus Keeley

Marcus Keeley is comedy gold, but there's more to his work than just that, says chief hack Ignatius Rake.

There are literally shedtonnes of excellent comedians and comediennes in Northern Ireland/the Six Counties or whatever you care to call "that land above Louth and east o' Donegal".

Off the top of my head, and in no particular order, there's Conor McGinley, Magic George Firehorse, Adam Laughlin, Alan Irwin, Luke McGibbon, Mustafa Saed, Mary Flanigan, Rónán Linskey, Ruaidhri Ward, Anto Barrett, Lorcan McGrane and Richard J to name just a few and my sincere apologies to all those I have not mentioned or had the pleasure to see on stage.

However, there is one comedian whose work absolutely resonates with yours truly.

He's also one of the funniest stand-ups I have ever seen.

His name is Marcus Keeley and it is a true honour and pleasure to have been able to see him in action and also run a small fraction of his material on the Rake & Herald (check this out for starters).

The thing is, Marcus' humour probably goes right over most people's heads.

His work is neither slapstick nor littered with crude obscenity and nob gags.

Rather, his comedy is somewhat subtle and cerebral.

And somewhat dark, dry and surreal to boot.

There's something of the outsider about Marcus' work, an outsider looking in at an absurd world that's mindlessly disappearing up its own rectum.

As I said, I'm quite sure most people simply won't get it, which is a true shame.

Because if you do, it's pure comedy gold.

But there's more to it than just that.

If Marcus was a painter, he'd be Francis Picabia.

Or is that the most pretentious statement ever made?

Either way, here he is now, communing with nature in Belfast's Lady Dixon Park.

Marcus Keeley is brilliant.

Stay tuned for more vids soon.

See also Post-Christmas Shopping, posted 7/1/16, among others.

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Marcus Keeley is a comedian, improviser and soak. Regularly gigging in Belfast and Paris, he is the host and promoter of the Voicebox Comedy alternative comedy club, a member of the Wonder Frog improv group and an all-round homme fatale. You can follow him, Voicebox Comedy and Wonder Frog on Twitter here, here and here, respectively. Meanwhile, to keep tabs on Voicebox via FaceBook, have a click of this.

Ignatius Rake is a journalist, geographer, artist, lyricist and life-long fortean who blew the lid on the 2017 Eden UFO hoax. His hobbies include sitting, eating and drinking. He has so far visited more than 70 countries on six continents. You can view some of his Dada-inspired art here.

Engage with the Rake & Herald on FaceBook here and Twitter here. Better still, buy a T-shirt here.

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