Your host for the 2016 IFR Awards ceremony is Dara O Briain.

Dara O Briain is a stand-up comedian, and television presenter, best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, and in Ireland for hosting RTÉ 2’s The Panel.

Dara is one the few performers to host successful comedy shows in both the UK and his native Ireland at the same time. He started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he studied Mathematical Physics.

Dara sold out the entire run in Edinburgh in 2002, a feat he was to repeat for the next three years. By 2005, he was the biggest selling solo stand-up comedy show on the Edinburgh Fringe.

Dara’s hosted nine successful series’ of the comedy panel game Mock the Week for BBC television and can also be seen hosting BBC 2’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired.

Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath – the show is now in it’s fourth series. In 2007 Dara also fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and in 2011 Dara co-hosted BBC1’s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox.

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