Comedian Dave Allen was one of the greatest bards of our time, following the tradition of telling stories with humour and moxie.

In this skit, Allen talks about Irish death traditions. Wait until 5:18 into the clip and you’ll see something cool!

Initially becoming known in Australia during 1963–64, Allen made regular television appearances in the United Kingdom from the later 1960s and until the mid-1980s. The BBC aired his Dave Allen Show from 1972 – 1986, which was also exported to several other countries.

His career had a major resurgence during the late 1980s and early 1990s. At the height of his career, he was Britain’s most controversial comedian, regularly provoking indignation at his frequent highlighting of political hypocrisy and disregard for religious authority.

Sadly, Allen died as a result of Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome at his home in Kensington, London, on March 10, 2005, at the age of 68.