Belfast’s funniest festival starts today (Monday) with 52 great events
Belfast will be belly laughing from Monday as a week-long festival of humour takes over the city. The largest comedy arts festival in Ireland will feature a host of local and international acts with 52 events across the city.
Celebrating its sixth year, the festival aims to entertain and inspire through a diverse programme of stand-up comedy, theatre, exhibitions, workshops, circus, film, quizzes, and events for children.
Critically acclaimed comedians such as John Bishop, Rubberbandits, Henning Wehn, Joel Dommett, Fern Brady and Bec Hill will appear alongside local performers such as Tim McGarry, Terry McHugh, Mary Flanigan and Caz Brennan in the packed programme.
The festival also includes the hilarious new play Three’s a Shroud written by Stephen Large and directed by Martin Lynch. The internet sensation, Farmer Michael and Kathleen, will also make their first appearance in Belfast.
Other acts in the festival include the award winning, US based sketch group, Pajama Men, making their first appearance in Belfast. A series of workshops for kids is being organised with Australian storyteller, Margaret Linley and clowning company, Amadan. Sketch comedy is well represented with local acts Those Who Can’t, the Laughing Gnomes and the Sick Sense. A special edition of the Comedian’s Comedy Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith and an exhibition of comics in Framewerk Gallery will also take place. A ground-breaking conference examining the state of the comedy industry in Northern Ireland will also be held on 7 October in the Mac.
Festival Director, Peter O’Neill, said the unique comedy arts festival will appeal to audiences of all ages with such a diverse programme.
“There’s something for everyone in the festival and we are pleased to present these great value shows in our 6th annual programme. We aim to stretch the boundaries of comedy in the city by presenting a diverse range of performances that are guaranteed to brighten up our autumn nights. So, join us in having a laugh!”
The Belfast Comedy Festival is supported by Belfast City Council, ASM Chartered Accountants and National Lottery Small Grants funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Tickets are available at www.belfastcomedyfestival.com