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Roisin Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
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Tuesday 20th - Monday 26th October, 2015. A week long festival of world class comedy in Galway city this October.  EXCITING NEWS FROM THE GALWAY COMEDY FESTIVAL

Exciting developments announced for the annual Galway Comedy Festival! Firstly, there is the welcome addition of a new title sponsor, Vodafone, as well as a brand new name ‘Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway’. The same festival team join forces with Vodafone to bring you the same high standards you expect from Galway comedy excellence.

The 2014 festival will expand to include a full 12 days and 2 weekends of stand-up, theatre, improvisation and spoken-word comedy, from Thursday 16th to Monday 27th October. The extensive and eclectic programme will feature the very best of Irish and international comedy - both established as well as emerging talent.

Venues of varying levels of intimacy will be used throughout the city including, for the first time, the iconic, world famous Spiegeltent ‘Paradiso’.  This stunning 500 capacity venue is a 1930’s European wooden tent featuring a luxurious interior including unique mirrors, leaded glass plus a lush velvet and brocade finish. It must be seen to be believed and will bring a magical air to the city, surrounded by its very own comedy village.

Festival Director, Kevin Healy announced "We are delighted to welcome our new title sponsor, Vodafone and to announce our new dates, making this our most ambitious programme so far. We also want to thank our supporters at Failte Ireland, Galway City Council and Diageo for helping to make the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway possible and look forward to welcoming great comedians and comedy fans to the West this October."

Robert Hyland, Sponsorship Manager, Vodafone Ireland, said: “We’re huge fans of great comedy. Having sponsored comedy events in Dublin we are delighted to be extending our involvement in comedy over to the west of Ireland supporting the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway. Vodafone Centre Stage is about offering the best access and news about Ireland’s biggest music and comedy festivals and now we can add the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway to our extended programme.”

The Comedy Carnival Galway has a growing reputation amongst comedians and audiences making it an increasingly popular destination for comedy fans at home and abroad. This year’s expanded programme plus the addition of the fabulous Speigeltent will mean that over 18,000 people will be able to enjoy comedy in Galway, copper fastening its special place amongst Europe’s top comedy events.

The festival provides local, national and – increasingly - international audiences with an opportunity to experience Galway in a very special way.

Full programme details available from September 5th.

"Galway Comedy Festival has now blossomed into an event that attracts respected international headliners, Irish comedy heroes and heroines, and a plethora of some of the best new comedians.........An inspired selection of comedy brilliance" - The Irish Times

"Talent-wise, it's a selection of only the very best, ranging from local greats such as Ardal O'Hanlon and Sean Hughes to international stars" - The Guardian


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Fantastic line up just announced for Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2017 . Kevin Bridges Tommy Tiernan Dara O'Briain Andrew Maxwell Rich Hall and Galway boy Steve Bennett tickets from

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Róisín Dubh Comedy

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JOHN BISHOP WINGING IT AROUND IRELAND 2017 Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill Galway Wed 27th & Thu 28th September Tickets priced €30 ON SALE NOW from, The Ticket Desk at OMG / Zhivago, Shop Street & Ticketmaster Ahead of John's shows at Dublin's 3Arena on 6, 7 & 8 October, he will be touring across Ireland for two weeks in September for a series of shows in six counties - Mayo, Galway, Cork, Clare, Limerick and Leitrim. John said “The chance to see parts of Ireland I have never seen before and return to venues I have played in the past was too good an opportunity to miss.” On announcing Winging It, John said: "When I start this new tour, it will be three years since my last live show Supersonic, which is the longest break I've ever had. I'm very much looking forward to getting back on the road - there really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience. The new show is called Winging It, and in some respects having come to comedy relatively late, it sometimes feels like that’s what I'm doing in life! But I'm enjoying every minute of it." ‘Unimprovable…comedy superstar’ ‘King of the one-hundred-liner’ ‘Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too’ ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph ‘His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic’ ★★★★ Daily Mirror ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Heat Magazine Warning! Only purchase tickets from official outlets.

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DID YOU MISS OUT ON TOMMY TIERNAN TICKETS AT VODAFONE COMEDY CARNIVAL? NEW GALWAY DATES ANNOUNCED! Tommy Tiernan - Under The Influence Due to huge demand and two sell out shows at the comedy Carnival, Tommy Tiernan has added two more Galway dates to his new Under The Influence tour. Seapoint Ballroom, Galway – Wed 21 & Thu 22 December 2016 Tickets priced €28 go on sale NOW through, OMG Shop Street and

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Irish Comedian Of The Year 2016 final : Reviews 2016 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide

Julia Chamberlain from Chortle came to review the Irish Comedian Of The Year Grand Final last week. Here's what she thought of all the acts.

Over The Top Wrestling

The Wrestling was great craic on Sunday night. Well done to Ross Browne (from RTE's The Fear) & Adam Burke (Hardy Har Comedy Bray) and Al Porter for winning their fights against very tough wrestlers and Rubberbandits for upholding fair play and decency in a crazy sport where if you turn your back, you will likely get clobbered by a chair. Lets do it all again new year

Review: Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway 2016

"Carnival now stands as a major highpoint in the city's cultural and entertainment calendar" - Kernan Andrews gives fantastic review of the #vodafonecomedycarnival

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AND...... that's a wrap! The 2016 Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway has drawn to a close and we say goodbye to the comedians for another year. Thank you to everyone who came out and joined in the fun and antics throughout the week! It's been a blast! #vodafonecomedycarnival

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If you missed the chance to get tickets for our sold out shows today you still have the chance to catch the last few remaining tickets to our mixed bill at 3pm in the Red Box beside the Spiegeltent, Eyre Square with Joanne McNally Rory O Hanlon Danny O Brien + loads more! Buy tickets from

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Coming up shortly at 2pm in the Spiegeltent is the Silent Disco for Kids! Fun for all the family this afternoon. Dance like nobody's watching and sing like nobody's listening! #vodafonecomedycarnival

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