Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 Belfast Comedy Festival (28 September - 9 October)

The evenings are drawing in, the mornings are cold, but the Belfast Comedy Festival is back from the 28 September for twelve days of chuckles to warm your soul. It’s fifth annual programme this year includes some real treats.

The free Tenx9 comedy story telling session on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm in the Black Box will set you up with true stories of mirth and madness. And a week later on 5 October, the regular Film Devour evening of short films will take a comedic bent with its screenings and voting.

Accidental Theatre are running a variety of shows in their Wellington Street city centre comedy command control complex on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October. Joe Nawaz’s Hey You! will tackle the problem of conspicuous consumption (30th at 8pm) and The Alternative Bedtime Stories from Gemma Walker and Sorcha Shanahan (30th at 9.15pm) are sure to keep you awake.

Tim McGarry will be exploding myths and slaughtering sacred cows in his 1916 Goes Over the Top show in the Lyric on Sunday 2 October at 7.45pm. What’s funny about 1916? Why do we let our politics be led by events from 100 years ago? What’ll be remembered about today in 2116?

Paul Currie, fresh back from sweaty performances in the Edinburgh Fringe, is unleashing some new absurd material on the paying public in The Barracks (Exchange Place) at 7.30pm on Saturday 8 October.

For the week of 3-8 October, Brenda Murphy’s play Two Sore Legs returns to the Grand Opera House. A one woman show telling the story of the playwright’s own extraordinary family circumstances.

And don’t forget the award-winning stream-of-consciousness physical comedy genius Trygve Wakenshaw (Friday 7 October in The Mac), an invasion of Australian comedians, Jenny Eclair, The Horne Section and even a comedy walking tour.

Full details on the Belfast Comedy Festival website.

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