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

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Comedy Industry Conference

Northern Ireland Comedy Industry Conference Saturday, 7 October 2017 The Mac, Belfast Sponsored by Equity, Belfast City Council, Arts Council NI & ASM Introduction 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. Programme 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). 11.30 Break 11.45 Workshops 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 1.00 Lunch 1.45 Finding and building your audience – Audiences NI 3.00 Workshops 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 5.00 Close Registration Please register before 5pm, 3 October 2017 on our website Registration fee £5 For further information, please contact Peter O’Neill Belfast Comedy Festival info@belfastcomedyfestival.com

October 07, 2017 - October 07, 2017

And the winner is Sarah! She Got Very Quizzical tonite in the wonderful American Bar. Great game show & lovely audience. Thanks to Rory, Matt & the team with hat tip to Paul & Jamie for tech help!

Lively crowd Getting Quizzical with Les Ismore in the American Bar. Game show mayhem!

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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 Its BYO!

October 06, 2017 - October 07, 2017

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

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”. 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

October 05, 2017 - October 05, 2017

Would you rather run for the Hills or get the full Wax treatment?

Belly Laughs 2013 is happy to oblige either way!

Ruby Wax, Adam Hills, Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon and Phill Jupitus are amongst the headliners at Belfast Comedy Festival this year.

A 12 day comic convulsion is set to pulse through the city as Belly Laughs, Belfast’s only dedicated comedy festival returns to tickle those parts other festivals are too squeamish to reach! Belly Laughs 2013 runs from 25 September – 6 October and features 50 events and over 150 performers in 27 venues right across the city.

A weird and wonderful mix of the comic, the stimulating and the downright bonkers will be celebrated with stand-up, spoken word, poetry, magic, cabaret, workshops, seminars, club nights, film shows, walking tours and events for children.

The festival kicks off with the acid-tongued princess of the putdown Ruby Wax venting spleen and going Out of her Mind in her disarmingly candid and alarmingly funny take on the ups and downs of mental illness. Australian comedian and TV Star Adam Hills delivers the full barrel of Belly Laughs with his hotly anticipated Happyism show.

Phill Jupitus makes a welcome return to the Belfast stage, and one of the greatest living English stand-ups, Stewart Lee will be making Much a Stew about Nothing, using Belfast as a testing ground for some nuclear-scale gags and ruminations.

Ardal O’Hanlon meanwhile, will just demonstrate why he’s a supremely assured stand-up comedian with another set of finely wrought hilarity. Where do you go after the resounding success of last year’s Alan Partridge Comedy Quiz? Well, that would be An Ecumenical Matter, the official Belly Laugh’s Comedy Quiz about all things Father Ted. Up with this sort of thing!!

Locally sourced comedy treats include Jake O’Kane, the cast of Nordie Shore Live, Neil Dougan, Paul Currie, Lorcan McGrane and the deliciously dubious delights of the EP launch of Poontown – Belfast’s dirtiest hip-hop hallions.

The hugely hilarious and obscenely gifted Edinburgh Fringe stars Laurence Clark and Bec Hill are amongst the shiny new comedic lights paying Belly Laughs a visit, while On the Buses Comedy Tour makes a welcome return to the Belly Laugh’s programme with leading Belfast comedian Paddy McDonnell showing people the funnier side of the city’s sights with a few surprises along the way.

Elsewhere, join us for the silent comedy film genius of Buster Keaton’s The General at the bean bag cinema, the Footlight’s Walking Tour, which takes in some of the most iconic theatres and music halls of yesteryear, plus the excitingly but accurately monikered likes of Kidprov, Pun Run, and Comic Capers amongst a dizzying host of other events, activities and antics taking place across the city for Belly Laughs 2013.

Festival Director Peter O’Neill, said he hoped that Belly Laughs would capitalise on a successful first year by providing Belfast with a unique comedy festival for all ages, with a programme both affordable and enjoyable.

Belfast deserves to have a great comedy festival with a programme of performances that will appeal to everyone across the city. Following the success of last years inaugural festival, we are delighted to present 50 shows in a 12 day period that should raise our spirits and get us all belly laughing.”

Speaking at the programme launch on 29 August, Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:

The Belfast Comedy festival makes a welcome return to the city and it’s a great way for people to soak up some of the famous Belfast “banter”. Not only will the festival welcome some famous comics to the stage but it will also help springboard some of our local talent into the spotlight, which is fantastic.”

For more information on all our wonderful acts check out the events section of this website