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11th Jul 2019

RTÉ to show Brendan Grace documentary tonight

Rory Cashin

The perfect way to revisit his comedic genius.

It was confirmed on Thursday morning that actor and comedian Brendan Grace had died, aged 68.

In light of his passing, RTÉ will be screening the documentary Brendan Grace – Funny Man, which was filmed in Ireland and Boston, and looked back over his hugely impressive 50 year career in the entertainment industry.

The documentary features in-depth conversations with Grace and his family, as well as a host of Irish comedic talent who can’t help but sing his praises.

Commenting on his passing, RTÉ Director-General, Dee Forbes, said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brendan Grace. Brendan was one of Ireland’s original funny men, and one of Irish comedy’s true pioneers. While there are now many Irish comedians who are household names, Brendan emerged as a talent during an era when there were very few established Irish comedians.

“Through his live shows, his live recordings, The Brendan Grace Show and many memorable guest appearances on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show, Brendan established himself in the hearts of generations of fans, not just in Ireland, but all over the world.

“Importantly, he also paved the way for many of the wonderful comedians this country has produced over the last twenty years or so and leaves behind a legacy he and his family can be proud of. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and those of his many friends and fans across RTÉ are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Brendan Grace – Funny Man will air tonight (Thursday 11 July) at 10.15pm on RTÉ One.

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