David Earl stars in doomsday clown movie

Saturday 21st May 2022, 11:27am by Jay Richardson

  • David Earl stars in Apocalypse Clown with former Edinburgh Comedy Award best newcomer Natalie Palamides
  • Shot in Ireland, the film is directed by Timewasters' George Kane and is written by members of former Irish comedy band Dead Cat Bounce
  • "It's the apocalyptic clown comedy the world didn't know it needed - but absolutely does" said Kane
After Life. Brian (David Earl)

David Earl's film career continues to flourish, with the After Life star toplining an apocalyptic new comedy about clowns.

Currently attracting strong reviews for the movie Brian And Charles, in which he plays a depressive who builds a companion robot, released on June 17th in the UK, in Apocalypse Clown Earl stars alongside US former Edinburgh Comedy Award best newcomer Natalie Palamides in a tale about a troupe of failed clowns and an ambitious reporter who embark on a chaotic adventure of self-discovery after a mysterious solar event plunges the world into anarchy.

The latest film penned by Shane O'Brien, James Walmsley and Demian Fox of former Irish comedy band Dead Cat Bounce, the film was directed on location in Dublin and Kildare by George Kane (Back, Timewasters) and also features Brassic's Tadhg Murphy, Ivan Kaye (Undercover), Amy De Bhrún (Bridget & Eamon) and Fionn Foley.

"I cannot wait to finally unleash this madness on audiences," Kane told US entertainment website Variety. "Our writers have crafted an ambitious, relentless and joyously silly script - the likes of which you don't see much anymore - and our brilliant cast are a total dream ensemble," he added.

"It's Three Amigos directed by Roland Emmerich. It's Waterworld - on land - with fright wigs. It's the apocalyptic clown comedy the world didn't know it needed - but absolutely does."

Apocalypse Clown

Kane previously directed O'Brien, Walmsley and Fox - who first came to the attention of UK audiences as comedy band and sketch outfit Dead Cat Bounce, along with fourth member Mick Cullinan - in the 2012 mockumentary film Discoverdale, in which Walmsley took his bandmates around Europe in a bid to reunite with the man he believed to be his real father, Whitesnake singer David Coverdale. The group formed while students at Trinity College in Dublin and were part of the H-Bam sketch group that also included Aisling Bea.

Apocalypse Clown is produced by Morgan Bushe and James Dean for Fastnet Films in co-production with Namesake Films and Cloé Garbay and Beata Saboova of uMedia. Ed Caffrey and Rupert Preston of Vertigo Releasing, Patrick O'Neill of WildCard Distribution, Celine Haddad of Screen Ireland and John Gleeson and Oisín O'Neill of BCP Asset Management serve as executive producers.

Earl, who made his name on the comedy circuit as character act Brian Gittins, has appeared in several of Ricky Gervais' projects, including After Life, Derek, Extras and the film Cemetery Junction.

He writes and records several podcasts with Joe Wilkinson, who told British Comedy Guide in November that the pair were piloting an adaptation of their Gossipmongers podcast with Channel 4.

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