That's all folks. Thanks to everyone who helped with this years offering and to Peter O'Neill who is retiring as director. We had 64 events, over 150 performers and 12 days of comedy mayhem. We couldn't have done this without loyal audience members; artists; volunteers; bookers; venues such as the Black Box, Belfast Barge and The MAC; partners such as Accidental Theatre, Crazy Cat Comedy, Framewerk & Queen's Comedy Club; our wonderful design and website contractor RV Brand and everyone else who helped us on our way. Final shout out to committee members Graeme Watson, Stephen Mullan, Dónal McBrien, Don Leeson, Eavan King, Anto Barrett, & Caroline Wilson. We may not be around next year but keep laughing!
A great finale tonight for our festival. Anton saved us and the Horne Section had us all conga'd out! Terrific performances. Thanks to everyone who attended. We will sign out on a high note. Festival round up later today
I really loved my short time in Belfast, thanks a lot to Alice McCullough for asking me to come and do the gig and to everyone who contributed to what felt like a night that had warmth to it. I will remember it for a long time. I will be back in Belfast for a short holiday soon I hope. All the best, Rob.
How lucky we are. Notorious performance artist ANTON flies into the Black Box for the 2016 Belfast Comedy Festival to deliver his sermon to save the city of Belfast. Using any means at his disposal, ANTON will probe, prod and provoke (in some cases literally) in his quest to find out what really makes Ulsterfolk tick, and help you help yourselves. He is the answer. He is the antidote. He is ANTON.
What the audiences say:
"I need to sit in a dark room for a little while"
"He made me do things"
with support from local 'comedian' Sean Tanuvasa
Here is the final (final?) bill for this festival. Hope you enjoyed the 60+events. Apologies if we over did the social media promo. We didn't really have a budget to use other advertising platforms so thanks for sticking with us. We've had a terrific programme of events this year (with the odd exception) but after 5 years we now face an uncertain future so this is probably our last bill. But what a great way to end with stand out gigs from Mr Mess Amadan and the Horne section Alex Horne, both at The MAC as well as Adam Turns as Anton in the Black Box and some lovely Laugher Yoga in the afternoon with Victoria E Armstrong. More details on belfastcomedyfestival.com. Thanks for your support
We have four great events to close out our festival tomorrow (Sunday) with a family show featuring the lovable Mr Mess in The MAC followed by the amazing Alex Horne in the evening slot. Anton is also coming to the Black Box with a spanking new show from Adam Turns and we even have some laughter yoga with Victoria E Armstrong to ease away all the stress from running this festival! Phew, we've had great some fun but the end is nigh!
We have a packed programme of 9 events for you today (Saturday 8 October) with a Music Hall walking tour, a fun workshop on comedy improv, a Kate Bush themed parody exercise (both in the Crescent Arts Centre) and some terrific comedy theatre and stand up later in the evening with Bec Hill in the Mac.
Its also the last chance to see our cartoon exhibition at Framewerk Gallery and catch Two Sore Legs at the Grand Opera House. Unfortunately Dancercise, Dr Nick's Travelling Circus, The Sick Sense and Paul Currie are sold out. We finish tomorrow, so this could be one of the last opportunities to sample our festival. More details at belfastcomedyfestival.com
We're looking forward to this headline act on Saturday night in the Mac. Australian-born and now London-based, Bec has gained a cult following in Australia, the UK and Ireland thanks to her acclaimed solo shows and hugely popular YouTube videos, which have garnered over 200,000 views globally. She has a talent for incorporating arts and crafts into her stand-up routines; creating a unique and unforgettable comedy style that she calls “paper-puppetry”.
Bec is the creator of the UK’s only pun-based comedy night, Pun Run. Her one-liners were featured in FIVE different "best jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe" articles in 2014. She is also one half of the award-winning family comedy double-act, Bec & Tom.
What do you regret? Bec only has one life regret and it haunts her. But now it’s time to change that…
A mix of stand-up, “paper-puppetry” and regret from the 2014 Winner of The Barry Performers’ Choice Award for Best Show, Edinburgh Fringe and host of Sky’s DC Fancast. As seen on The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). Sold out at Edinburgh 2014, 2015 and at the Soho Theatre 2015.
Bec Hill started comedy in 2006, when she made the national finals of the Raw new act competition in her native Australia. Two years later, she made her solo debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her show If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off. She then made the trip to the UK, where she now works.
“The whole show feels heartfelt without being contrived… I adored it.” ★★★★★ EdFest Magazine
“Bec Hill: exuberant, daft and inventive.” ★★★★ Scotsman
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