The whole of Galway’s a stage at this year’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival. Here, you’ll discover laughter in the Eyre (and beyond) with over 70 acts, spread out over various venue accross the city of the tribes . Familiar stalwarts of Irish comedy such as Jason Byrne, Ardal O Hanlon, Andrew Maxwell all rub shoulders with the starts of the most recent wave of indigenous comedians such as Bernard O Shea.
Stars last year include a diversity of international talents such as Rich Hall, Nina Conti and Mike Reiss, along with homegrown favourites such as PJ Gallagher, Arms & Hog and Deirdre O’Kane, plus many more household names. The full 2016 line up had yet to be released but it is always bursting at the steams with Irish and International jokers!
With over 70 comedians and a host of events it is one of the best comedy line ups in the country. And it’s not just the stand-up comedy that will keep you entertained as there is a full programme of cracking events built around it. The theatrical faulty towers dining experience got huge acclaim last year. Basil, Sybil and Manuel return with their feast of comic delights. Everything that can go wrong does, in some beautifully controlled chaos. Is it dinner? Is it theatre? It’s both but it’s so much more. All your favourite scenes are recreated were created here while you enjoyed a fine dining experience!
For the Irish speaking GaelGÁIRÍ is the country’s only Irish language stand-up comedy club and made a welcome return to Galway last October. The show was headlined by one of Ireland’s best loved young comedians, Al Porter. Joining Al was the winner of TG4’s ‘An Gaeilgeoir is Greannmhaire’, Seán T Ó Meallaigh, runner up of the UK’s Funny Women Awards, Aine Gallagher, Irish winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards, Martin Angolo, along with Ger Staunton, Eoin P. Ó Murchú and Andy Ó Faoláin.
The closing gala is one not to be missed and it is a tight lipped secret kept until the night itself. To close the show the very best acts of the festival whom have survived the event jump up on stage and delivers a short and snappy 10-15 performance.