Hibernian Radio announces a new segment BLACK IRISH to their radio shows. This original series of skits featuring Second City veteran actor Greg Hollimon as Seamus O’Hooligan Jr., who was born after his African mother met his Irish father at Woodstock, and the ensuing tryst created many a twist for the young Seamus as he made his way through the world.
The lad’s journey was not without difficulties, both comic and heart breaking, as we explore the world of Seamus O’Hooligan in search of his Irishness.
The show is conceived and written by Mike Houlihan and Greg Hollimon. Mike will also play Seamus Sr.
Mike says, “It will start as a radio series but I can envision it very quickly going to video and introducing the world once again to the magic of Greg Hollimon, who we have worked with in the past for a variety of TV and film projects including our films “Tapioca” and most recently “In Search of Weeping Jim” when Greg played the voice of God.”
Greg Hollimon is an actor best known for his work on Comedy Central's Strangers with Candy.
Hollimon grew up in the Chicago housing projects of Cabrini–Green. In 1986, he began taking improvisation classes at The Players Workshop, where he met Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris. Hollimon then began doing stand-up at a few local comedy clubs and dabbled in comedy writing, while honing his craft of improvisation at Players Workshop.
Hollimon graduated from The Players Workshop in 1988 and enrolled in classes at Chicago's famed The Second City. While still taking classes, he was hired into Second City's National Touring Company, where he met Stephen Colbert. A year later, Sedaris, Dinello, Colbert & Hollimon were all touring together, performing nightly improvisational theatre at colleges & universities all over America.
After leaving Second City in 1993, he then wrote and performed in a two-man play called The RIC Show-Revelations, Indictments and Confessions with his late friend and fellow actor Michael McCarthy. They performed the play to rave reviews at the Dublin Theater Festival and eventually staged the show in Los Angeles where it garnered similar accolades. Sedaris, Dinello, and Colbert created the role of Principal Blackman with Hollimon in mind.
Mike Houlihan is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Hibernian Media, a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to Irish and Irish American culture. “We tell stories to enlighten future generations while honoring our ancestors.” Hibernian produces the Annual Irish American Movie Hooley film festival each fall at the Wilmette theatre, a pair of weekly Irish radio shows, hibernianradio.org and a variety of independent TV shows, films, and concerts. Houlihan started his career over 50 years ago with the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and has appeared in regional theatres across the nation, onstage in Ireland, on Broadway and Off, in major motion pictures, indie films, and TV. He's a former Sun-Times features columnist, did 20 years with the Irish American News and now writes the “Chicago Calling” column for the Irish Echo.
Stay tuned for further shenanigans with the debut of Hibernian Media’s BLACK IRISH only on Global Irish Radio, GIR.ie every Sat. night at 7PM and podcast at hibernianradio.org
Each five-minute episode of Seamus O’Hooligan Black Irishman tells the story of an Irishman trapped in the body of an African American… or something like that. Cultures bounce off each other left and right as Holliman brings his comedic timing, undeniable charm, and Basso profondo voice to SEAMUS O’HOOLIGAN JR BLACK IRISHMAN. Tune in to hear this ground-breaking new comic adventure and share with your friends, both Black and Irish.
This new comedy is coming along just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!