Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals for our forthcoming festival. The closing date was Friday and we've had a terrific response with some great shows coming your way (as well as a few mad ones....). We will be finalising details at our committee meeting next week and hope to release details of our advance programme ASAP. By the way, we are refreshing the membership of our festival committee so if you would be interested in helping us develop our 2 festivals, drop us a message. We're particularly looking for people with a legal, finance or fundraising background. A sense of humour will also be needed to work with us!

Belfast Comedy Festival returns during 2-8 October with a bumper programme. Sign up to our newsletter for announcements

Tim McGarry explains why you simply can't miss the debate, discussion and debauchery at this year's Imagine! festival in Belfast. 90% of events are *completely* free – bring your ideas and join in! Book tickets at imaginebelfast.com


frequently asked questions

If you require further information about our festival, please read this section before you contact us on info@belfastcomedyfestival.com. We will try to respond as soon as possible to enquiries but as we don’t have any staff, please be patient. We’re only volunteers after all!


We are always happy to hear from acts, venues, promoters, agents, and other parties interested in working with us on the festival. We are particularly keen to support new talent from Belfast and work with local venues not normally associated with comedy. Unfortunately for overseas performers we are generally unable to cover travel costs. Open mic spots are generally reserved for local talent and we have a long waiting list.

The festival traditionally takes place each year during the last week of September and first week of October and we only begin working on the next festival around Easter, and hope to confirm the bulk of our programme by July.

We organise a wide range of comedy related events – not just stand up – so if you have a proposal for performances involving spoken word, poetry, cartoons, film, visual art, street theatre, seminars, workshops, book signings, etc  please contact us around April time.


For all media queries please email us at info@bellylaughsbelfast.com. Interviews with our acts are available along with relevant images and background info. Due to the nature of the festival, festival-wide all-access media passes are not available. If your query is urgent and regards an event or act at a particular venue, please contact the venue directly.


We have a successful track record in delivering large audiences and positive media coverage for our sponsors and funders. We have developed a range of sponsorship packages for both the festival as a whole and individual events, so if interested, please contact the Festival Director Peter O’Neill at info@belfastcomedyfestival.com

volunteers, interns & work experience

We work with an established pool of experienced volunteers but if you have a particular interest in comedy, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do. Unfortunately because we don’t have a permanent office and don’t work to set hours, we are not able to take on interns or work experience programmes.


Unfortunately the Belfast Comedy Festival operates every year on a limited budget. For this reason we are unable to support advertising or advertorial requests.