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Jon Kenny

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Jon Kenny
Birth nameJonathan Kenny
Born (1957-12-12) 12 December 1957 (age 66)
Hospital, County Limerick, Ireland
MediumTelevision, film, stand-up
Notable works and rolesD'Unbelievables
Father Ted

Jonathan Kenny (born 12 December 1957) is an Irish comedian and actor, best known as one half of the famous Irish comic duo d'Unbelievables with Pat Shortt.[1] They were a very successful duo until 2000, releasing One Hell of a Video, D'Unbelievables, D'Video, D'Telly, D'Mother and D'collection but the group stopped touring after Kenny was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.[2][3]

Kenny is an accomplished singer and supporter of Munster Rugby. Kenny completed filming a lead role in an independent Europe feature film called Insatiable, directed by Jessie Kirby. [1] On his new DVD, Back to Front, Jon says he plays the nastiest man in Ireland in the film which is his first serious role. Kenny has many relatives from The Irish Midlands and the West of Ireland. His mother's maiden name is Dirraine and her grandparents came from Inis Mór in the Aran Islands.

Kenny returned to solo comedy and has performed throughout Ireland with his one-man show. In the spring of 2007, Kenny realised his first solo stand-up DVD 'Back to Front'.[4]

Kenny created a brand new theatre show 'Mag Mell' with visual Artist Des Dillon and Musician/Composers Benny McCarthy & Conal Ó'Gráda in 2012-13.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Father Ted Fred Rickwood Series 2 Episode 5 "A Song for Europe"
1996 The Van Gerry McCarthy
1996 Angela Mooney Chaplin
1998 Les Misérables Thénardier
1999 Angela's Ashes Lavatory Man
2008 Dick Dickman P.I.
2008 Insatiable Mr Harvey
2014 Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie Cunningham
2014 Song of the Sea Ferry Dan / The Great Seanachaí Voice
2020 Wolfwalkers Stringy Woodcutter Voice
2022 The Banshees of Inisherin Gerry


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