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About Shane Todd
Rapidly developing a huge following from his YouTube videos, his character as North Down ‘celebrity’ Mike McGoldrick and through multiple TV and radio stand-up appearances, Shane Todd is becoming one of Northern Ireland’s most charismatic rising stars.
Performing live in the UK, Ireland, France, Holland, USA and Canada, Shane completed his first ever UK & Ireland tour solo in 2018 to great acclaim. He has hosted, written for and performed on BBC Two NI Saturday night prime time show Late License, and is known for hosting the award winning BBC Radio Ulster show Live at the Sunflower and The Shane Todd Show, also for BBC NI.
In 2016, Shane sold out Belfast’s prestigious Ulster Hall venue as a solo act having previously supported megastar comedian Bill Burr in the same venue. In 2017 and 2018 Shane returned to Ulster Hall with two sold out shows. As well making waves with his live stand-up, he has found increasing popularity with his podcast The Shane Toddcast and as a co-host on Boy Town.
Watch Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood
Todd’s dream is to turn on the Christmas lights in his hometown of Holywood, Belfast – but there’s just one hitch – he’s by no means famous enough. The solution is obviously to make the trip to Hollywood USA, become a big star, and return in a blaze of triumphant Christmassy glory. Enjoy understated irony in this story featuring a classic British underdog…will Todd’s big adventure pay off?
Reviews and Awards
‘Todd is a very pleasurable comic to be in the company of’Chortle
‘Clearly comfortable behind the mic…the observational patter raises its game’The List
‘Shane Todd is one of the top NI comics I’ve seen over the past two years, he’s confident and self-assured and he will make you laugh’PastieBap
Three Time Chortle Award NomineeChortle Awards
‘Fun and light-hearted… he has nailed the art of telling his story… definitely one to watch’Voicemag
Shane Todd Tickets
Information on Shane Todd’s upcoming gigs and live shows can be found here.
Born in 1988 and raised in Holywood, Northern Ireland, comedian, television, radio presenter and actor Shane Todd completed his schooling at Belfast Met before venturing into comedy by way of posting videos on YouTube. After an attempted career in indie film acting with appearances in unusual titles such as Battle of the Bone, Shane began his venture into writing and performing live stand up. Upon informing his family, mum Suge, father Dennis and two siblings of his comedic plans, he didn’t quite get the reaction he had hoped for. Shane told the Belfast Telegraph “ He [Dad] said ‘Well that’s good because you’re super talented’. He said it with his eyes. With his mouth he said ‘I don’t know why you would do that’. Great times.”
Having now been on the stand-up scene full-time for the last 6 years, Shane feels it’s only more recently that he’s figured out what kind of comedian he is.
Speaking to Belfast Live he explains: “I think I’ve definitely found my voice – I know that’s a cliché but it is true. I think when you start you almost impersonate, maybe even subtly, the comedians that you like. I was doing that – I was trying to be a bit controversial in the stuff I was talking about, maybe to shock people. Whereas now I’m a lot more comfortable on stage…I know the sort of things I want to talk about and how I want to talk about them…The online stuff has been invaluable to first get my name out there. And it has done what I wanted it to do which was get people to find out about my stand up. Out of ten people who enjoy a video, if one or two of them as a result come and see my stand up then that’s mission accomplished for me.”
And Shane has certainly accomplished a lot over the past few years. In 2014 he got his break as the warm-up act ahead of the main BBC Radio Ulster Nolan LIVE show. The following year Todd had created his own solo stand-up show, “SICK, BRO”, which he performed in Mandela Hall, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During the Northern Ireland campaign in the Euros 2016, Todd was featured on BBC 5 Live. That same year BBC Northern Ireland commissioned a series from Todd called The Shane Todd Show, airing on Tuesdays on BBC Radio Ulster. As well as continuing to gig across Ireland and beyond, most recently Shane has joined the cast of the Northern Irish mockumentary sitcom Soft Border Patrol about a fictional border agency dealing with the Republic of Ireland–United Kingdom border in a post-Brexit world. It was written by the Glasgow-based The Comedy Unit with the first episode broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland on 2 March 2018.
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