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You want the best of local comedy? The prodigal son Matthew McAloone returns to entertain the masses. You want another of Northern Ireland's finest? We give you John Meagher. And, to push your luck you want an International star of Comedy and Television to headline to show? Enter Bec Hill. And, just when you’re thinking the night ends with the jokes, we have music from the bearded wonder Daryl McCabe to bring it all home with a bang. So buy your tickets before they’re gone and pick out something nice to wear! In association with Big and Clever Productions.

Bec Hill and guests

You want the best of local comedy? The prodigal son Matthew McAloone returns to entertain the masses. You want another of Northern Ireland's finest? We give you John Meagher. And, to push your luck you want an International star of Comedy and Television to headline to show? Enter Bec Hill. And, just when you’re thinking the night ends with the jokes, we have music from the bearded wonder Daryl McCabe to bring it all home with a bang. So buy your tickets before they’re gone and pick out something nice to wear! In association with Big and Clever Productions.

October 06, 2017 - October 06, 2017

What would Da say? Tim McGarry, star of Give My Head Peace, The Blame Game, and hugely popular stand-up comedian and broadcaster, is getting it out for solidarity. Long-time supporter of Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity, Tim’s decided after 30-odd years providing tools and sewing machines to groups in East Africa, these folks deserve a gig of their own. Join him and brilliant support acts Mary Flanigan (Laughing Horse Free Fringe) and Terry McHugh (Blame Game) for a fabulous night of comedy in the Waterfront Studio. Terry McHugh is a fast-rising local comedy star. The former yo-yo champion has gigged all over the country and supported both Jake O’Kane and Tim McGarry on their recent tours. Earlier this year he made his second appearance as guest comedian on the Blame Game. Mary Flanigan has been gigging for 3 years, making a name for herself in the comedy circuit across the U.K. and Ireland. She was a semi-finalist in the Funny Women 2016 awards, has been featured on BBC Radio Ulster, and has written for Late Licence on BBC NI. She was featured in the Laughing Horse Free Fringe with her one-woman show ‘Mary Flanigan Is A Pisces, Obviously’. Tools for Solidarity collects hand tools and sewing machines across Northern Ireland. International volunteers and local people with disabilities refurbish the tools and machines in our Sunnyside Street workshop. The recycled tools are shipped to projects in Africa, helping artisans there to improve their livelihoods and support their families.

Tim McGarry & guests - Tools for Solidarity

What would Da say? Tim McGarry, star of Give My Head Peace, The Blame Game, and hugely popular stand-up comedian and broadcaster, is getting it out for solidarity. Long-time supporter of Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity, Tim’s decided after 30-odd years providing tools and sewing machines to groups in East Africa, these folks deserve a gig of their own. Join him and brilliant support acts Mary Flanigan (Laughing Horse Free Fringe) and Terry McHugh (Blame Game) for a fabulous night of comedy in the Waterfront Studio. Terry McHugh is a fast-rising local comedy star. The former yo-yo champion has gigged all over the country and supported both Jake O’Kane and Tim McGarry on their recent tours. Earlier this year he made his second appearance as guest comedian on the Blame Game. Mary Flanigan has been gigging for 3 years, making a name for herself in the comedy circuit across the U.K. and Ireland. She was a semi-finalist in the Funny Women 2016 awards, has been featured on BBC Radio Ulster, and has written for Late Licence on BBC NI. She was featured in the Laughing Horse Free Fringe with her one-woman show ‘Mary Flanigan Is A Pisces, Obviously’. Tools for Solidarity collects hand tools and sewing machines across Northern Ireland. International volunteers and local people with disabilities refurbish the tools and machines in our Sunnyside Street workshop. The recycled tools are shipped to projects in Africa, helping artisans there to improve their livelihoods and support their families.

October 08, 2017 - October 08, 2017

An evening of stand-up comedy and storytelling from professional hallion Caz Brennan. Caz has been performing stand-up across Ireland since 2012 and this is her first solo show. So indulge your inner hallion and come on out for what will be a friendly fun evening of laughs! Support on the night will be from the superb Seamus Stackpoole. Seamus has performed comedy all over, from the Helix DCU and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back yard of a pub in Kilkenny! His style has been described by reviewers as “up beat, lively… hilarious”. Seamus was a semi-finalist in the Irish Comedian of the Year competition.

“Be More Hallion”

An evening of stand-up comedy and storytelling from professional hallion Caz Brennan. Caz has been performing stand-up across Ireland since 2012 and this is her first solo show. So indulge your inner hallion and come on out for what will be a friendly fun evening of laughs! Support on the night will be from the superb Seamus Stackpoole. Seamus has performed comedy all over, from the Helix DCU and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back yard of a pub in Kilkenny! His style has been described by reviewers as “up beat, lively… hilarious”. Seamus was a semi-finalist in the Irish Comedian of the Year competition.

October 05, 2017 - October 05, 2017

Quack Doctors! Strange Deaths! Bad Victorian Sci-Fi! It’s all on the bill of Weird Belfast! Join Reggie Chamberlain-King​, author of Weird Belfast (Blackstaff Press), and a cast of – probably – two – as they dig deep into the city’s subcutaneous weirdness, pulling up songs, books, and stories that probably should have stayed buried. As heard on BBC Radio Ulster.

Weird Belfast Comedy Revue

Quack Doctors! Strange Deaths! Bad Victorian Sci-Fi! It’s all on the bill of Weird Belfast! Join Reggie Chamberlain-King​, author of Weird Belfast (Blackstaff Press), and a cast of – probably – two – as they dig deep into the city’s subcutaneous weirdness, pulling up songs, books, and stories that probably should have stayed buried. As heard on BBC Radio Ulster.

October 08, 2017 - October 08, 2017

The Laughing Gnomes perform comedy armed only with their charming good looks and audience suggestions! Come along to see us make hilarious scenes based on only one word from the audience. We’ll also play gut-busting games, like what you’d see in Whose Line is it Anyway? We literally can’t do it without you!

Laughing Gnomes Improv Comedy

The Laughing Gnomes perform comedy armed only with their charming good looks and audience suggestions! Come along to see us make hilarious scenes based on only one word from the audience. We’ll also play gut-busting games, like what you’d see in Whose Line is it Anyway? We literally can’t do it without you!

October 08, 2017 - October 08, 2017

Growing up in a mixed-race, mixed-faith household at the height of the northern Irish troubles, writer Joseph Nawaz takes us through some old family snapshots, and his childhood years in 80s and 90s Belfast. Expect excruciating revelation, some confusion as to the actual direction of Mecca from Balmoral Avenue plus finally solving the age-old riddle of what the difference is between a Protestant Muslim and a Catholic Muslim. Running through it all, like a stick of cardamom-flavoured rock, is Joe’s complicated relationship with his Pakistani father, whose sudden, untimely demise precipitated a trip to Pakistan and some surprising discoveries. Join us for a funny, sometimes poignant evening, about a struggle with family and identity in a cold social climate, not to mention the impossibility of a halal Ulster Fry. Directed by Emily Foran. Doors 7.30pm

Fake I.D.

Growing up in a mixed-race, mixed-faith household at the height of the northern Irish troubles, writer Joseph Nawaz takes us through some old family snapshots, and his childhood years in 80s and 90s Belfast. Expect excruciating revelation, some confusion as to the actual direction of Mecca from Balmoral Avenue plus finally solving the age-old riddle of what the difference is between a Protestant Muslim and a Catholic Muslim. Running through it all, like a stick of cardamom-flavoured rock, is Joe’s complicated relationship with his Pakistani father, whose sudden, untimely demise precipitated a trip to Pakistan and some surprising discoveries. Join us for a funny, sometimes poignant evening, about a struggle with family and identity in a cold social climate, not to mention the impossibility of a halal Ulster Fry. Directed by Emily Foran. Doors 7.30pm

October 06, 2017 - October 07, 2017

We have 2 fantastic workshops for kids in our pop up performance space in Shaftesbury Square. Join Jude and Gemma and learn the essential skills of being a clown. This practical clown workshop is for all the little aspiring performers who will learn about the pleasure of being ridiculous in a space, about moving from one flop to the next, about being always happy and optimistic playing before an audience. Two events and parents can come free!

Kids Clown Workshops

We have 2 fantastic workshops for kids in our pop up performance space in Shaftesbury Square. Join Jude and Gemma and learn the essential skills of being a clown. This practical clown workshop is for all the little aspiring performers who will learn about the pleasure of being ridiculous in a space, about moving from one flop to the next, about being always happy and optimistic playing before an audience. Two events and parents can come free!

October 07, 2017 - October 07, 2017

We've had a great response to our advance launch with one show already sold out - the Sick Sense. We operate a waiting list on our ticketing system so can release tickets if people cancel. Tickets are flying out so get booking!

Like a mythological creature comprising equal parts gameshow and man, Les Ismore straddles the enraged bullock of Ulster Light Entertainment. Still to be thrown from the psychotic burger-beast of trivia, he takes his life’s culmination, Let’s Get Quizzical to Belfast. A gameshow where three lucky contestants compete in rounds including The Anne Frank or Bridget Jones Diary round, Phrasecatch and The Play Your Cards Both Close to Your Chest and Right Round Like a Record Baby right round right round round. As well as fun, facts, laughter and tears, Les promises us he “really, really needs this”.

Let’s Get Quizzical

Like a mythological creature comprising equal parts gameshow and man, Les Ismore straddles the enraged bullock of Ulster Light Entertainment. Still to be thrown from the psychotic burger-beast of trivia, he takes his life’s culmination, Let’s Get Quizzical to Belfast. A gameshow where three lucky contestants compete in rounds including The Anne Frank or Bridget Jones Diary round, Phrasecatch and The Play Your Cards Both Close to Your Chest and Right Round Like a Record Baby right round right round round. As well as fun, facts, laughter and tears, Les promises us he “really, really needs this”.

October 05, 2017 - October 05, 2017

Belfast Comedy Festival returns with another diverse programme of delights featuring the best of local and international humour. Now in our sixth year, we aim to showcase local talent and a wide range of comedy performances at affordable prices. So join us in making Belfast laugh this October!

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