Abie Philbin Bowman

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Abie Philbin Bowman
performing Eco-Friendly Jihad
Born Dublin
Nationality Irish
Notable works and roles Jesus: The Guantanamo Years, Eco-Friendly Jihad
Website www.AbieLaughs.com

Abie Philbin Bowman is an Irish comedian and journalist. His works include Jesus: The Guantanamo Years and Eco-Friendly Jihad.

He is the writer/director/performer of Jesus: The Guantanamo Years, which was staged in 2006 in the Project Arts Centre (Temple Bar, Dublin) and the Underbelly (Cowgate, Edinburgh) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. The show was widely reported in the media and sold out - The Scotsman referred to him as "the face of this year's Fringe". In 2007, the show toured to London's West End, Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater in Boston, theatres across Ireland and the World Performing Arts Festival in Lahore, Pakistan. Performances in Belfast in Autumn 2007, were boycotted by Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party.

Philbin Bowman followed this up with further performances at The Underbelly for the 2008 festival, as well as his show Eco-Friendly Jihad. In November 2008 he began working in radio full-time. On the night Barack Obama was elected US President, Philbin Bowman interviewed the National Membership Director of the Ku Klux Klan on Irish radio station, i102-104. Later that month, he began hosting the main talk show - The Third i - on their sister station, i105-107. He hosted the Third i until May, 2009. He then returned to comedy and resumed touring 'Eco-Friendly Jihad', using the tag line 'The comedy show bin Laden took seriously', following an audiotape - allegedly by the Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden - which blamed the US for climate change.

With debating partner, Manus de Barra, Philbin Bowman won the Leinster Schools, National Schools and International Observer Mace debating competitions in 2000. He wrote a regular column for The Dubliner magazine from 2001 to 2008. He is the son of broadcaster John Bowman and the brother of deceased journalist Jonathan Philbin Bowman.