Belly Laughs, Belfast’s only dedicated comedy arts festival is currently running in the city until 5th October and will feature over 45 performances.
The comedy moment that most definitely catches our eye is the Comedy Bus Tour.
The Bus Tour will give locals and tourists 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.
We also like the idea of a series of classic comedy films to entertain film fans during lunchtime in the city centre. We could all do with a lunchtime laugh sometimes!
There are lots of other comedy events happening including critically acclaimed British comedians such as Richard Herring; Paul Foot; Hal Cruttenden; Simon Munnery; Tony Jameson; Tiernan Douieb and Andrew O’Neill – many fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe. They will appear in venues right across the city. Leading Irish comic talent such as David McSavage; Foil, Arms & Hog; Eleanor Tiernan; Abie Philbin Bowman; and Joe Rooney will also feature in the packed programme.
In addition, local performers are well represented and include Colin Murphy; Kevin McAleer; Micky Bartlett; Paul Currie; Colin Geddis; Christian Talbot; Alan Irwin; George Firehouse; Sean Hegarty; Wonder Frog; Marcus Keeley; Lorcan McGrane; Teresa Livingstone; Phil McEwan; Ronan Linskey; and Gemma Hutton.
For anyone thinking of a career in stand up, the search is on for new talent through the Hobgoblin Comedy Award – a UK wide competition with a Northern Ireland heat on 2 October.
For something a little different, go see the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre or how about the Wireless Mystery Theatre adaptation of ‘Ghostbusters’? Those Who Can’t will also perform their new show and there is a ‘Stars Wars’ themed cabaret show. Tenx9 will showcase the best comic stories from their recent events.
Add to this mix a seminar on the history of cartooning; a walking tour of Belfast Music Halls; a kids comedy club; workshops on the comedy influences of Dickens, Feydeau & Fo and even some Laughter Yoga, then you have the ingredients for one of the quirkiest and most diverse arts festivals in the city.
To view the full festival programme go to www.belfastcomedyfestival.com