Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Belfast Comedy Festival takes place from September 28 – October 9, with 70 events in a busy 12 day programme, featuring over 150 performers in 20 venues across the city.
But the festival is not limited to stand-up comedy and strives to challenge, inspire and inform through a range of events including theatre, clowning, cabaret, workshops, talks, film, walking tours, club nights, and family events.
Critically acclaimed comedians such as Jenny Éclair, Sam Simmons, Lou Sanders, Sarah Kendall, the Horne Section, Kraken, Damian Clarke, Rob Auton, and Bec Hill will appear in venues across the city.
Leading local comic talent such as Tim McGarry, Maria Connolly, Paul Currie, Paddy McDonnell, Victoria Armstrong and Sean Hegarty will also feature in the packed programme which also includes the hit play Two Sore Legs performed in the Grand Opera House.
A new addition to the festival this year is the Accidental Belly Laughs Fringe Hub where local theatre groups take over a city centre office building for two nights to present a variety comedy programme.
The festival will also have an Irish comedy night for the first time as well as a comic book exhibition with local cartoonist John Farrelly in the Framewerk Gallery.
It will also showcase the city’s comedy clubs and the range of exciting local comedians and performers such as Peter E Davidson, George Firehouse, Sara Davidson, David Quinn, Terry McHugh, Terry Keys, Adam Turns and Mary Flanigan – to name but a few!
Festival Director, Peter O’Neill, said the unique comedy arts festival will appeal to audiences of all ages with the biggest programme in its history.
He added: “We are delighted to showcase this exciting range of events which will get the city laughing later this month. There’s something for everyone with great value events for all the family. Its our 5th anniversary so everyone is welcome to join in the fun!”