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Dead Cat Bounce


Dead Cat Bounce is an Irish comedy band made up of Demian Fox, Shane O'Brien and James Walmsley. Based in Dublin, but touring all over the world, the group perform all-original comedy songs in variety of musical styles.

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Dead Cat Bounce

Dead Cat Bounce is an Irish comedy band made up of Demian Fox (drums), Shane O'Brien (bass) and James Walmsley (guitar and lead vocals). Based in Dublin, but touring all over the world, the group perform all-original comedy songs in variety of musical styles.


They met at Trinity College Dublin in 2002 where they were all founding members of the sketch comedy group H-BAM which also included Aisling Bea. In late 2007 Fox, O'Brien and Walmsley were living together in Dublin and began to write a sketch show which they performed in the Project Arts Centre in January 2008. They chose the name Dead Cat Bounce (a stockbroking term) because the show opened with three stockbrokers standing over the body of a dead hooker. Will Ferrell happened to be in the audience at this very first show.

In April 2008 the group premiered a second show Dead Cat Bounce...Radio Play in Dublin’s Sugar Club. This was in the style of a 1950s radio recording and Mick Cullinan, who had directed the first show, was brought in to play keyboards and do live sound effects. This was also the first time the four played together as a band. In August 2008, they took both shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing them back to back every night for a month.

In October 2008, they recorded a pilot TV sketch show for RTÉ which was part of Project Ha Ha – a season of comedy pilots aired on RTÉ Two in January 2009.

In March 2009, they were invited to perform at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, appearing in a televised gala hosted by Martin Short.

In January 2010 they made a series of clips for BBC Online entitled 'The Maida Vale Incident'. These were shot at Maida Vale Studios in London and featured the songs 'Midget', 'Overenthusiastic Contraceptive Lady' and 'Four Lads'. They also include a cameo from T4 presenter Miquita Oliver.

In 2010, Dead Cat Bounce toured Australia for the first time, performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival where they were awarded the Time Out Jury Prize. The following year they won the People's Choice Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

In addition to comedy festivals, Dead Cat Bounce have also performed at several major music festivals, including Electric Picnic, Oxegen, Leeds and Reading festivals.

The band have made a number of music videos, most notably "Rugby" which was first aired on the RTÉ show Republic of Telly and became the fifth most viewed YouTube clip in Ireland in 2011. In 2010 the band also recorded a charity single for Movember entitled "Every Time You Shave a Moustache Dies".


In November 2011, Dead Cat Bounce made their first feature film called Discoverdale which is shot as a fly-on-the-wall documentary which follows the band on their lead singer's quest to be reunited with his long-lost father, who he believes is rock legend David Coverdale from Whitesnake. It was directed by George Kane, produced by the Welded Tandem Picture Company and financed by 2 Entertain. It has gone on to win a number of film awards at film festivals including Best of the Fest at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival and Best International Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh. They have also been commissioned to write a film script by the Irish Film Board.


Timeout Jury Prize at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2010

People's Choice Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2011


The band also regularly perform a late night covers set called Bootlegs . The two-hour show includes over 140 different songs many of which are played as mashups. They have played this set at numerous festivals including The Dublin Fringe, The Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Galway Comedy Festival and the Oxegen Festival. In 2011 Dead Cat Bounce were the house band for Late'n'Live in The Gilded Balloon and played 25 straight nights from 3-5am at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Past members

On Friday 7 October 2011, through their Facebook page, the band announced that Mick Cullinan (keyboards) would no longer be performing with them.

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