Tomorrow, we are launching SatireDay with 15 terrific events all poking fun at life and the uncertain times we face in this mad, mad world. Belfast is noted for its sardonic wit so this theme fits much of our programme including the shows tomorrow featuring the Rubberbandits, Michelle & Arlene, Bill Hicks: Relentless, our Kate Bush dance parody and Alternative Bedtime Stories - to name but a few! Don't forget our conference in the Mac will also explore the local comedy scene including humour and conflict. So join us in having a laugh and satirising the powers that shape our world. Book tickets at belfastcomedyfestival.com
Belfast comes alive with the sound of laughter this weekend with a whopping 26 events across the city. This is your last chance to experience the biggest comedy arts festival in Ireland, with lots of stand up, sketches, dance, musical comedy, theatre, comic art, film, kids workshops and even a conference looking at the comedy scene in NI. Today we have 9 great events (see link below). Tomorrow its Satire Day!
As part of Belfast Comedy Festival and Strand Minors Club, on Saturday we will be screening Despicable Me at 12noon. It’s been so popular we had to move screens, but we've still a few tickets left! It’s free but you need to pre-book your child's seat at bit.ly/2xWMC6c
Northern Ireland Comedy Industry Conference
Saturday, 7 October 2017
The Mac, Belfast
Sponsored by Equity, Belfast City Council, Arts Council NI & ASM
As part of Belfast Comedy Festival, a special conference examining the comedy industry in Northern Ireland has been organised with key partners on 7 October in the Mac.
The aim of this event is to review the current state of the comedy industry in Northern Ireland and consider ways in which we can better support performers, writers, event organisers and other practitioners.
During the conference, we will share practical advice and skills on how to make it in this complex industry. Come along and meet useful contacts, attend a range of informative workshops and hear from some of the most successful local industry figures. We will also get an opportunity to debate what is needed to support performers and further develop the local comedy scene.
At the end of the event
• Participants will have had an opportunity to network, develop new knowledge and skills in order to develop their performances and careers in the comedy industry.
• Proposals and ideas for improving support to performers and the comedy industry will have been generated hopefully resulting in long term benefits for the arts, tourism and entertainment in Northern Ireland.
After the event, a conference report will be published online.
10.00 Introductions & welcome
10.15 Supporting comedy in Northern Ireland - perspectives from leading figures in the arts and comedy worlds, chaired by Graeme Watson with panelists including:
• Adam Adnyana, National Organiser, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Equity
• Bec Hill, performer
• Simon Magill, Creative Director, The Mac
• Peter Davidson, performer and promoter
• Belfast City Council representative (TBC).
1. How To Stand Out in Stand Up. This workshop will focus on finding your niche and exploring other avenues for your USP, including Twitter, YouTube, and specialist events. This workshop is best suited for comedians with some experience who are still looking for their voice, but is open to anyone of any level in any artistic field. - Bec Hill
2. How to look after your mental health.A look at why our flow of creativity is essential for the mental health of comedy performers and their audiences – Victoria Armstrong
3. Comedy and ‘the Troubles’. The role of comedy in conflict situations – Tim Miles
1.45 Finding and building your audience – Audiences NI
1. The future of Belfast Comedy Festival – ideas on taking it forward – Peter O’Neill
2. EdFringe: making it work for you – Paul Currie
3. Equity Comedians’ Network – Adam Adnyana
4.15 Plenary and what's next
Please register before 5pm, 3 October 2017 on our website
Registration fee £5
For further information, please contact
Belfast Comedy Festival
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
This is our line up for tomorrow with 9 very different but excellent events. Get your weekend started with top class comedy from Joel Dommett, Bec Hill & guests, Those Who Can't, and Terry McHugh & Daren Matthews.
We also have some excellent theatre offerings from Three's a Shroud, Joe Nawaz in Fake ID, with Michelle & Arlene and Keep Calm and Croon On in our 'Accidental' Theatre in Shaftesbury Square. Don't forget the comics exhibition in Framewerk Gallery (public viewing tonight)! Tickets are nearly sold out for a number of these shows - so book soon!
The festival is hotting up. So find out what all the fuss is about by grabbing at least one of our shows before we finish on Sunday. Use the link below:
Last shout out for this hilarious game show taking place tonight in the lovely American Bar with Les Ismore. Expect fun, facts, laughter and tears with great prizes thrown into the comic mix! Tickets still available at only £5. Doors 9:00pm: Show 9.30pm
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”.
Please note the change of venue from the Sunflower Bar and the later start time of 9.30pm from the details previously advertised.
Doors at 9pm
Comedy superstar John Bishop makes his long awaited return to stand-up comedy with a brand new show, WINGING IT. One of UK’s biggest stars, John will kick-off this huge 35 date tour with two dates on 4th and 5th October at the SSE Arena.
On announcing Winging It, John said: “When I start this new tour, it will be three years since my last live show Supersonic, which is the longest break I’ve ever had. I’m very much looking forward to getting back on the road – there really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience. The new show is called Winging It, and in some respects having come to comedy relatively late, it sometimes feels like that’s what I’m doing in life! But I’m enjoying every minute of it.”