Dara O'Briain is a graduate of Mathematics and Physics from University College Dublin. His love of comedy was to push his academic career into the background, when he landed a job in Irish Television as a presenter of a children's programme. At the same time he was performing stand up comedy routines on the Irish comedy circuit.
From 1998 to 2001 Dara was a team captain on the Irish television panel game,'Don't feed the Gondolas.' The name of the show was derived from a comment made by a County Councillor during a meeting about a local lake. Someone suggested putting a gondola on the lake and the Councillor remarked, ' All very well, but who is going to feed it?'
After this show, Dara went to Australia where he performed in comedy festivals in Adelaide and Melbourne. His stand up career was taking off and with work coming in regularly, he founded his production company and called it Happy Endings Productions. His production of the Irish panel game show, 'The Panel,' became such a hit that it was nominated for the Best Entertainment Show by the Irish Film and Television Awards. The show discussed current events and the panelists were professional comedians, so the dialogue and banter was always hilarious.
Dara O'Briain broke into UK television in 2003 when he was chosen to host the BBC2's, 'Live Floor Show.' From this show he was engaged to appear on, 'Have I Got News for You, ' and ultimately to host the show four times. He is truly a man of many talents.