In June 2008, Ardal appeared on stage in Liverpool with fellow Irish comics, Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan. It was their first joint live comedy appearance.
Ardal supports the soccer teams F.C. Barcelona, Leeds United and Celtic F.C.
Ardal won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition in 1994.
He started on the London comedy circuit in 1994.
In 2003, Ardal made his debut in London's West End in the play See You Next Tuesday.
Ardal lives in Dublin, Ireland with his wife and children.
In 1995, he won Top TV Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards.
In 1999, Ardal won a BAFTA for Best Comedy Actor.
In 1998, Ardal published a novel entitled, Talk Of The Town.
In 1994, he won the title of Comedy Newcomer of the Year.
He used to be a check-in clerk for Irish airline Aer Lingus.
He proposed to his wife just before Ireland played in a World Cup match.
His siblings that are older than him are a doctor and an accountant.
Ardal co-founded the Comedy Cellar Club in Dublin, Ireland in 1988.
His wife is called Melanie.
Ardal has three children; Emily, Rebecca and Redmond.
His father is a politician and his mother is a teacher.
Ardal never had stage experience prior to stand-up comedy.
Ardal supports The Aisling Project which helps homeless Irish people in London, and has also done work for the Irish Cancer Research Campaign.
Ardal was educated in Black Rock College; Dublin University where he studied communications.
Ardal is the third child of six. He has three brothers and two sisters.
(Ardal on his first crash.)
Ardal: But instead of spinning off the roundabout, I spun on. I ended up on the central reservation, in the middle of a bush. This was the busiest roundabout in Ireland. And because it was so busy I couldn't get off the roundabout again. I had to send for sandwiches. I just remember everyone laughing at me.
Ardal: There are infinite ways of doing comedy and if you can find the one that suits you, a way that is different from everyone else then it will work for you.
(About Father Ted.)
Ardal: When I first heard about it I thought it was a terrible idea. People in Ireland have been dressing up as priests for years and trying to make it funny and that was the sort of stuff I was trying to get away from. But when I saw the scripts and realised how bizarre it was it instantly appealed to me. I thought it would end up a minority thing and I was really amazed the way it took off.
Ardal: Comedy is really all I've done over the last 10 years and to do it you have to have some sort of self-deprecating streak.
Ardal: The funny thing is when you are wearing a superhero costume you do actually feel like a superhero. The padding on the costume helps that feeling too. It makes you feel pretty indestructible.
(About his role on My Hero.)
Ardal: It's not every day you get a part where you get to put on a Lycra outfit so really it was the Lycra that attracted me to the role.
Ardal: I was never really into superheroes as a child. We weren't allowed to watch much television in our house so I wasn't a television or a movie buff nor were we encouraged to read comic books. My mother fed us books but it was mainly proper classic children's literature like the CS Lewis books. Much later, as a teenager, I saw some of the sixties Batman series, but wasn't particularly enthralled by it. My heroes tended to be footballers, the Pope and JFK.
Ardal: I just like doing different things. I get very impatient and very bored easily and I'm always curious to try other things. If I had an ambition in life it would be to know everything, but I guess that's a bit unrealistic. But as long as I can breathe, I hope I will continue to try and do different things. It's about not being afraid to fail. Of course I care about that but you've still got to try things and that's what I want to continue to do.