The bright lights of the comedy clubs in Belfast have caused many a young funnyman to do a Dick Whittington and seek their fortune in the Big Smoke.

Some live the dream, making audiences LOL and occasionally require a change of underwear, while others just end up looking like a Dick without the Whittington.

If it’s laughter you’re after here are the top places to go in Belfast…

1. The Empire Laughs Back

The granddaddy of Belfast’s laughter scene with regular comedy nights every Tuesday from 8pm to late, hosted by Colin Murphy or Jake O’Kane.

Featuring headline acts from the UK and international comedy circuit, top supporting acts, and open spots from across the country.  Entry is £8 or £6 concessions.

2. Queen’s Comedy Club

Compered each Wednesday by the Colin Murphy, the same age-transcending comedian who started it off in 1992, Queen’s Comedy Club not only delivers some of the best headline acts in Ireland, but it suits Colin’s Tuesday schedule at The Empire.

Tickets are £6 and available from Queen’s Students’ Union reception. When purchased from Ticketmaster they’ll stick the arm in.

3. Lavery’s Comedy Club

4. The Pavilion Bar

5. Yardbird Comedy Night

Yardbird Comedy Night takes place on the last Sunday of every month, offering the perfect combo of a chicken dinner followed by a feast of open mic comedy. It’s free entry and all performers get free Fulcrum beer – what’s not to laugh about?

6. Sunday Service At The Lyric

The newest comedy club in Belfast hosted by Grimes and McKee. Starting on October 25, it will feature topical sketches, songs, stand-up and improve, led by the Revds Conor Grimes and Alan McKee. Tickets cost £15 or £10 if you can prove you’re worthy of a concession.

7. The Black Box

A great venue to catch those starting out on their comedy journey plus some well known comedians from NI and around the world. Improv comedy group Wonder Frog provide a comedy showcase here on a regular basis.

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