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Here’s hoping that when Damian Clark takes to the stage at the latest Wedge Comedy Club he feels better than when he made his last tweet: ‘You know you’re hungover when your eyelids are too loud.’

The Aussie burst on to the Irish and UK comedy circuit in 2005 and within weeks was hailed ‘The number one event to see’ and ‘Cream of the crop’ by InDublin Magazine.

After several acclaimed TV performances in Australia plus two prestigious comedy awards under his belt, Damo moved to Ireland where he teamed up with fellow comic Andrew Stanley to write and co-star in RTE TV’s I Dare Ya which has the highest rating debut of an Irish TV comedy show to date.

Since then, Clark has written and performed for such shows as IFTA Nominated Best Entertainment Programme The Savage Eye, The Republic of Telly, The Apprentice: You’re Fired! and his appearance on Katherine Lynch’s Wonder Women was voted on TV3 as ‘one of the funniest moments on Irish TV in the past 50 years’.

Ria Lina is bound to be bringing her ukulele along when she takes her turn.

Winner of the EMMA Award for Best Comedienne 2003, she makes an impact with her dry wit and bawdy songs. Recent projects include writing for the Ladyboys of Bangkok 2010 Fantasy & Feathers tour, and writing and acting for a comedy sketch show for ITV2, Meet the Blogs.

Of German and Filipino parentage, Ria trained as an actress, singer and dancer before deciding to try her hand at stand-up comedy.

Away from the stage, Ria spent as much time as she possibly could at university, avoiding real life. In that time she managed to acquire a BSc in experimental pathology, an MSc in forensic science, and a PhD in viral bioinformatics.

And she abandoned a career as a digital forensic investigator at the Serious Fraud Office citing ‘autistic differences’ in her resignation letter.

Completing tonight’s bill is Kevin McCarthy who claims to have been a comedian all his life – but only started making a living out of it in the 80s. He started purely by accident, getting on stage at an open spot at the infamous Tunnel Club in South East London purely to win a dare.

A truck driver at the time with his own business, comedy became a hobby until the trucking had to go and he became a full-time comedian.

Since then he’s racked up a lengthy list of TV appearances as a comedian, comic actor and even as a straight actor.

Doors open for tonight’s Wedge Comedy Club, compered by Dinga, at 7.30pm.

Food is served until 8.45pm, with the comedy lasting until about 11pm.

Tickets cost £8, go to