Belfast’s funniest festival returns!


Belfast’s funniest festival to take place during 23 September – 4 October

An exciting programme for Belfast’s only dedicated comedy festival, Belly Laughs, features a host of established and new comic performers.

The festival, the largest of its kind in Ireland, is not restricted to stand-up comedy and strives to challenge, inspire and inform through clowning, cabaret, workshops, seminars, film, bus and walking tours, club nights, competitions, and events for children.

Critically acclaimed comedians such as Daniel Sloss, Ardal O’Hanlon, Sara Pascoe and Diane Morgan, many fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, will appear in venues across the city. Leading local comic talent such as Tim McGarry, Nuala McKeever, Paul Currie and Neil Dougan will also feature in the packed programme. The festival will also showcase a number of clowning performances, including the US cult artist Red Bastard who will be appearing in Northern Ireland for the first time.

The ever popular Comedy Bus Tour runs again allowing both residents and visitors the chance to enjoy an alternative view of Belfast with leading Belfast comedian Paddy McDonnell showing the funnier side of the city’s sights with a few surprises along the way.

Local sketch group Those Who Can’t will also perform their new show and we have a ‘Wild West’ themed cabaret show. The wonderful tenx9 will showcase the best comic stories from their recent events and a series of iconic comedy films will be screened during lunchtime in the city centre.

Add to this mix a conference on the state of comedy industry; a walking tour of Belfast Music Halls; kids comedy events; workshops on comedy writing and improv, and even some Laughter Yoga, then you have the ingredients for one of the quirkiest and most diverse arts festivals in the city.

Festival Director, Peter O’Neill, said the unique comedy arts festival will appeal to audiences of all ages with a programme that presents great value in this difficult funding environment.

He added: “We are delighted to present another rich programme of ground breaking comedy designed to get Belfast laughing. There’s something for everyone in our packed programme of over 40 events which provides a great platform for accessing the arts.”

To view the festival programme go to

Post Author: Belfast Times

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