The Bulmers Pear Comedy Festival is back in Galway this year after a break in 2012. Aine O’Donnell has more…
Stand-up comedians will perform in venues all across the city from October 22 to 28. The line-up consists of some of the best international and Irish comics including Kevin Bridges, Sean Lock, Jason Byrne and Andrew Maxwell.
British comedian Phil Jupitus, star of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, will be playing three gigs during the festival in the Seapoint Ballroom, Roisin Dubh and in the Radisson Blu Live Lounge.
Sean Lock, another panel show host on 8 Out of 10 Cats, brings his new stand-up show “Purple Van Man” to the Black Box Theatre for a two-night run beginning on October 27.
Star of Not Going Out and Would I Lie to You? Lee Mack headlines the festival playing shows in Seapoint Ballroom, Roisin Dubh, Town Hall Theatre and the Black Box Theatre.
From October 23 to 26. Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges makes a welcome return to Galway when he plays two shows at the Radisson Live Lounge, the first gig on October 27 is sold out but a second performance has been scheduled due to high public demand. Bridges was a regular comedian at the Roisin Dubh in his earlier days as a comic.
Leading the Irish contingent is David O’Doherty who is playing the Town Hall Theatre for one night only on October 25. O’Doherty is renowned for his unique brand of musical comedy which includes skits based around his tiny keyboard. Anonymous host Jason Byrne returns to Ireland for three nights for the festival, a break from working on his new BBC sitcom Father Figure. Andrew Maxwell performs two nights on the comedy programme and is a veteran of the Irish and British stand up scenes, most recently becoming a fixture of UK panel shows like Celebrity Juice.
Other well-known comedians playing in Galway include Russell Howard, Neil Delamere, Stewart Lee, Omid Djalili, Tony Law, Karl Spain, Michael Winslow, Colin Murphy, John Colleary, Colm O’Regan (better known as the creator of the Irish Mammy Twitter account) and Maeve Higgins.