Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway 2017
Over the past year Galway has won the plaudit for being the world’s friendliest city, the award for creating Ireland’s best beer and is now designated European Capital Of Culture for 2020. This October Bank Holiday the City Of The Tribes also plans to host one of the country’s best comedy festivals.
Acts revealed in this first wave include Patton Oswalt, Jon Richardson, Katy Brand, Al Porter, Dermot & Dave and Reginald D Hunter.
2017 Grammy Award Winner Patton Oswalt (best comedy album) is also amongst the acts to be revealed. This exclusive Irish date is a massive coup for the festival. The voice of Remy in Ratatouille and star of movies like Zoolander, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and Starsky and Hutch, he is probably best known for playing ‘Spence’ on The King of Queens for nine seasons.
From just across the water comes Old Man, Jon Richardson. Best known as team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Jon is also a star of Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You. The British Comedy Award nominee is on his way to Galway to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions whatsoever.
Another festival exclusive, Katy Brand won a British Comedy award for her TV sketch series Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show in 2008. Katy’s hit Edinburgh Festival show I Was a Teenage Christian is the story of how one Sunday, aged 13, she went to a local church service and became a fundamentalist Christian. She was an obnoxious, self-important dick but at least she was going to heaven. Now she’s coming to Galway.
Today FM’s Mr Entertainment, Al Porter spent years becoming a massive overnight success and boy is he enjoying it. The Edinburgh Award Nominee will perform for three nights in the round in the iconic, Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent in the heart of Galway City. It’ll be an all-singing, all laughing explosion of filth and frivolity.
Also from the Today FM stable, Dermot and Dave return with their ridiculously funny show, as part of the seemingly never-ending Ah Sure Lookit’ tour. Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore sold out last year’s show in the Spiegeltent in record time. This year, they’ve moved to the bigger Black Box Theatre and plan to beat that record.
Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer has a new touring show, the rather gently monikered Some People v. Reginald D Hunter. He may have toned down his show titles but this is a comedian at the very top of his game and no topic is safe from his unblinking analysis and playful erudition. Reg loves Ireland and Galway seems to bring out the very best in him. This Town Hall show will be terrific.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday 22nd June at 9am from vodafonecomedycarnival.com
For more information visit www.vodafonecomedycarnival.com