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Are you stressed? Fatigued by fake facts? Wetting your pants every time you see the papers? Well cry no more, little ones, for one night only the Jingle Belle is here to dry you off, heal your body and soothe your soul. A fabulous mix of old time vibes and modern tunes, dusted with stories of life, love and everything in between. The Jingle Belle will help you beat the fear of modern living and get you ready for the rest of the day. Just like your Weetabix. A mix of the genuine and bizarre that is not to be missed.

Keep Calm & Croon On

Are you stressed? Fatigued by fake facts? Wetting your pants every time you see the papers? Well cry no more, little ones, for one night only the Jingle Belle is here to dry you off, heal your body and soothe your soul. A fabulous mix of old time vibes and modern tunes, dusted with stories of life, love and everything in between. The Jingle Belle will help you beat the fear of modern living and get you ready for the rest of the day. Just like your Weetabix. A mix of the genuine and bizarre that is not to be missed.

October 06, 2017 - October 06, 2017

Check out this talk on how comedy was used during the 'troubles' and it's role in conflict resolution today. Part of the NI Comedy Industry Conference taking place from 10am - 5pm in the Mac.

Tim Miles - Comedy and the 'Troubles'

As part of the Northern Ireland Comedy Industry Conference, Tim Miles will present a workshop examining the relationship between comedy and the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland. Tim has written a blog about this topic which is available on this link https://belfastcomedyfestival.com/pack-up-your-troubles-and-smile-smile-smile/ We are charging £5 for this event but If you register for the full conference, this workshop is included in the full programme. Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool John Moores University. His PhD is on comedy – yes, he is a comedy doctor! He is currently creating an MA in Comedy, and is part of the editorial team at Comedy Studies. He has published on a variety of subjects related to comedy, including humour and the erotic, comedy in relation to media representation of Muslims, and comedy and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. His book on stand-up is due to be published later this year. He has also run a number comedy clubs and has written for various BBC radio comedy shows. Current projects include working on a show about comedy and dementia, and running comedy nights where academics present their research as stand-up comedy. His book on stand-up comedy is due to be published later this year. He is in the early stages of a major project provisionally entitled ‘laughter in the age of anxiety’.

October 07, 2017 - October 07, 2017

For kids and big kids, sign up for this free screening. A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls who want to make him their dad. Family friendly event with comedy performance in the foyer after the film! Pre-booking recommended

Despicable Me

For kids and big kids, sign up for this free screening. A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls who want to make him their dad. Family friendly event with comedy performance in the foyer after the film! Pre-booking recommended

October 07, 2017 - October 07, 2017

Just back after an successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this show was one of the hits of last year’s festival. Once upon a time, two fair maidens dragged fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this sharp and original review of all things ‘happily ever after’. Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to see your favourite bedtime stories poked with a big stick before being tossed into a cauldron with physical comedy and biting wit. Sample the results. They may not taste as sweet as you remember. Sorcha Shanahan (Edinburgh Comedy Panel Prize Sprit of the Fringe 2016) and Gemma Walker’s topical, hilarious, relevant and strikingly different show. Top 10 – Belfast Comedy Festival. “An utterly hilarious show that left my jaws still aching from laughter for days after. Skillfully written, it expertly weaves an important and thought provoking message through an avalanche of laughter, fun and outstanding comedic performances. An absolute must-see. I can’t wait to see it again!”

Alternative Bedtime Stories with the Makey Uppers

Just back after an successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this show was one of the hits of last year’s festival. Once upon a time, two fair maidens dragged fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this sharp and original review of all things ‘happily ever after’. Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to see your favourite bedtime stories poked with a big stick before being tossed into a cauldron with physical comedy and biting wit. Sample the results. They may not taste as sweet as you remember. Sorcha Shanahan (Edinburgh Comedy Panel Prize Sprit of the Fringe 2016) and Gemma Walker’s topical, hilarious, relevant and strikingly different show. Top 10 – Belfast Comedy Festival. “An utterly hilarious show that left my jaws still aching from laughter for days after. Skillfully written, it expertly weaves an important and thought provoking message through an avalanche of laughter, fun and outstanding comedic performances. An absolute must-see. I can’t wait to see it again!”

October 07, 2017 - October 07, 2017

When the lights go up at the Comedy Festival, a warrior woman in full kit – helmet, sword and buckler – launches into a Wagnerian classic at full throttle accompanied by thunderous notes from the piano. “But wait”, she says, “I’m having you on. Do you really want to be spat on in German while trapped in your seat?” So starts the hilarious one-woman (plus a mute pianist) show that illustrates the wide appeal of a lyric soprano in many guises, moods and melodies. Diva Unleashed with Eve Bourton is a smash hit with audience members of all ages. Selections from opera, pop, Broadway, ballad – familiar music from many genres and ages – all delivered in the ‘voice of an angel’ with a compelling and humorous story line. Eve Bourton has the unique ability to hold a room in the palm of her hand and her voice can soothe or blow out the windows, just like all great sopranos. Laughs are guaranteed as Eve has been described as a ‘team’ in one body, comprising Lucille Ball, Maria Callas and Nigella Lawson. Don’t miss Eve’s Belfast debut!

Diva Unleashed

When the lights go up at the Comedy Festival, a warrior woman in full kit – helmet, sword and buckler – launches into a Wagnerian classic at full throttle accompanied by thunderous notes from the piano. “But wait”, she says, “I’m having you on. Do you really want to be spat on in German while trapped in your seat?” So starts the hilarious one-woman (plus a mute pianist) show that illustrates the wide appeal of a lyric soprano in many guises, moods and melodies. Diva Unleashed with Eve Bourton is a smash hit with audience members of all ages. Selections from opera, pop, Broadway, ballad – familiar music from many genres and ages – all delivered in the ‘voice of an angel’ with a compelling and humorous story line. Eve Bourton has the unique ability to hold a room in the palm of her hand and her voice can soothe or blow out the windows, just like all great sopranos. Laughs are guaranteed as Eve has been described as a ‘team’ in one body, comprising Lucille Ball, Maria Callas and Nigella Lawson. Don’t miss Eve’s Belfast debut!

October 07, 2017 - October 07, 2017

Check out what to expect when Les gets quizzical on 5 October in the Sunflower Bar

With 2 weeks to go before we kick off our 52 events across Belfast, tickets are selling out for many of these shows. Avoid disappointment - get booking at belfastcomedyfestival.com!

about the festival

what’s the craic?

Belfast Comedy Festival ‘Belly Laughs’ was set up by a group of comedy enthusiasts in 2011 with the aims of adding value to Belfast’’s cultural offering, providing a platform for local talent and, most of all, entertaining audiences with a variety of acts at a value accessible to all sections of the community.

legal STATUS

The festival is registered under the Companies Act 2006, as a not for profit private limited company, limited by guarantee (company number N1614137). In addition, we are registered with HMRC as a charity for tax purposes in line with Schedule 6 of the Finance Act 2010 (reference number XT36961) and with the Charity Commission NI (NIC101004).

MANAGEMENT ctte.

We have a board of directors comprising Dónal McBrien (Chairperson), Don Leeson (Treasurer), Lindsey Mitchell (Secretary), Laura Conlon, Liam Given, Ciaran Hanna, Martin Magee, Julie Taylor and Julie Williams-Nash. The Festival Director is Peter O’Neill.

our mission

Our mission is to provide a first class annual comedy festival in Belfast, with a variety and value that allows all sections of the community to benefit.

our objectives

Our objectives are to nurture home grown comic talent; to programme innovative and international comedy events which add value to Belfast’s cultural offering; to promote Belfast as one of Europe’’s most dynamic cities and must-visit destinations; to explore the boundaries of comedy in the city by examining the history and role of humour particularly in regards to peace building and challenging prejudice; and to develop new audiences which will assist the further development and sustainability of venues and comedy clubs in the city.