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Jon Kenny is from Hospital, County Limerick. He began his theatre work with John and Jean Regan in Theatre Omnibus in Limerick. On stage he has played in "The Salvage Shop" with Red Kettle, "The Year of the Hiker" and "Stonepickers" by Peter Gowen and "Under Milk Wood" with Island Theatre Company.
Jon began writing and performing comedy on Davis at Large on RTE and has written and performed several solo comedy shows including "Have a Nice Day" and "It's my Shout" which became the biggest selling video in Irish history. He has also performed with Sharron Shannon and The Roaring Forties. His version of "Spancil Hill" charted in Ireland.
He was one half of the famous Irish comic duo D'Unbelievables with Pat Shortt. They toured until 2000, creating several sell out stage shows "One Hell of a Do". "I Doubt it Says Pauline", "That’s Life" and releasing a number of best selling videos: "One Hell of a Video", "D'Unbelievables", "D'Video", "D'Telly", "D'Mother" and "D'Collection".
Jon stopped touring after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He has since made a successful recovery and still performs shows across Ireland.
He is best known outside Ireland for appearing in "Father Ted" (as Michael the cinema owner), in "The Passion of St Tibulus" and as presenter Fred Rickwood in "Song For Europe". He also played the role of Monsieur Thénardier in the 1998 film version of "Les Misérables".
On film he has appreared in "Mrs Browns Boys D’movie", also "The Break" and "All Washed Up".
In 2014 Jon played "The Matchmaker" to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Assembly.
With Shoestring Theatre Company he played Bull McCabe in "The Field" for which he received rave reviews and also in "Sive". In 2014 he played in "She Stoops To Conquer" at the Abbey Theatre.
Jon Kenny as Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connor (The Matchmaker) in "The Matchmaker" by John B. Keane, drected by Michael Scott
Photo by Tom Lawlor