Nuns feed Owen’s fun

Own O'Neill stand up comic Old Town Hall May 2013
Own O'Neill stand up comic Old Town Hall May 2013

Some people might think that a polymath is a parrot with a rudimentary ability to do sums, but others will just point a finger straight at Owen O’Neill.

When he pitches up at the Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead on Friday night, he’ll be wearing his stand-up hat.

But he could also put actor, playwright or poet in his passport as his occupation. Or film director. Or even Stateside chat show stalwart – he’s no stranger to the Letterman comfy chair.

He ruefully admits that his appetite for doing everything once may have hindered his rise up the comedy tree, but that’s a bonus for Dacorum comedy fans – instead of having travel to some arena gig, he comes to you.

His set is described as a brand-new show of stand-up theatre in two halves – the first will riff on a childhood adventure involving scrumped apples, a ruined school uniform and nuns, while after the break he’ll be performing Stanza Up Poetry,

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions, £6 Dacorum Card), for ages 16 and over. Call 01442 228091 or visit

A feast of fun planned for Berkhamsted next month will be headlined by Balham’s grizzled grump Arthur Smith.

He’ll be joined at the Centenary Theatre by Perrier Award winner Dominic Holland, performer, writer and trainer Logan Murray and musician and comedian Earl Okin.

Arthur Smith’s Comedy Mish Mash is on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm.Tickets are £15, available online at