Death of a Comedian

Owen McCafferty

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what if i’m not funny though – what if i go out there and i’m not funny

Steve Johnston, guided and inspired by his girlfriend, is a small-time comedian, raw, original and true. Until he’s spotted by an agent, who suggests he could be so much more: his act just needs to change. It’s a Faustian pact. As tension builds over the course of four gigs, so too do the audiences. But at what cost?

Death of a Comedian by Owen McCafferty premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in February 2015 in a co-production with the the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Soho Theatre, London.


Over the past twenty-five years Owen McCafferty’s plays have been performed worldwide and have won numerous awards. Previous work includes Titanic: Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912 (MAC, Belfast); The Absence of Women (Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and Tricycle Theatre, London); Days of Wine and Roses (Donmar Theatre, London); Closing Time (National Theatre, London); Shoot the Crow (Druid, Galway);…

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