Amy Schumer hasn’t quite broken the internet, but some of her YouTube clips have had gazillions of hits, and you’d imagine she’s guaranteed to sell out the 3Arena when she appears there on August 26.
Tadhg Hickey hosts The Thanks comedy club at the Everyman bar in Cork tonight, while Reginald D Hunter is at Cork Opera House.
The Cat Laughs festival also takes place in Kilkenny this weekend.
Glastonbury (June 24-26) announced its roster earlier in the week, with highlights including Muse and Foals on the Friday; Adele and New Order, on Saturday; Coldplay and LCD Soundsystem on Sunday. It’s been revealed that event organiser Michael Eavis had been in talks with Prince about appearing at the festival.
Incidentally, the LCD lads played a storming set at a lowkey pre-Primavera gig in Barcelona (see review in these pages tomorrow), and will be gracing the festival itself, alongside the likes of Radiohead, over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the love lives of members of the Rolling Stones have provided us with plenty headlines over the years, and guitarist Ronnie Wood, 69, has just fathered twin girls with his wife Sally Humphreys, 38.
: Live at the Marquee in Cork is almost upon us again, with the Dropkick Murphys and Stiff Little Fingers playing the opening night on Tuesday.
Things take a more sedate turn for The Corrs on Thursday, followed by Gavin James on Friday and Simply Red on Saturday.
Also in Cork, local heroes White Boys have been causing a few ripples in recent times with their ‘Stylin’ single, and the duo play Cyprus Avenue tomorrow.
Colm Mac Con Iomaire, from the Frames, is being supported by Ger Wolfe for his gig at Live at St Luke’s next Saturday, June 11.
Pierce Turner returns home from New York for two Irish gigs that will include material from his new album: June 11, Dublin Unitarian Church; June 18, Wexford Arts Centre.
For anybody who fancies a bop over the long weekend, the Forbidden Fruit festival in Kilmainham features the likes of Dizee Rascal, Tame Impala, and Underworld.
Neil Young is also back in Ireland next Wednesday for an appearance at the 3Arena.
The twin towers of Irish manhood, Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy, are starring in new WWII drama, Anthropoid, based around the Prague assassination of Reinhard Heydrich who, even by Nazi standards, was a reprehensible individual.
It’s been given an August release date.
The two biggies opening in cinemas this weekend are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Warcraft: The Beginning.
For something a bit less summer blockbustery, the Triskel in Cork is marking Bloomsday next week (June 12-15) with a series of James Joyce- related films.
Among them are the 1967 adaptation of Ulysses, with Milo O’Shea; and John Huston’s 1987 adaptation of The Dead.
The graduate exhibition by students of the Crawford College Of Art & Design is one of the highlights of the artistic year in Cork, and runs for a week at the college, from next Friday.
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, also has its members’ exhibition from next Friday.
In Dublin, the exhibition of ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, on loan from the royal collection of Queen Lizzy and her clan, is on display in the National Gallery until July 16.
Cork Arts Theatre recently launched its summer schedule, with the excellent Lords of Strut taking over the venue during Cork Midsummer Festival.
The venue also has a programme of lunchtime and evening events, with food options also running through the summer.
The Graham Norton Show tonight has Kelsey Grammer, Salma Hayek, and Alicia Keys.