Sunday 20 October 2019

Top 10 must-see acts at Galway Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2015

Comedian Dylan Moran
Comedian Dylan Moran
Eamonn Sweeney

Eamonn Sweeney

Galway is always a good bet on any weekend of the year, but for the forthcoming October bank holiday weekend, the city of the tribes will become the city of the comics.

After thrilling the Iveagh Gardens over the summer, the Vodafone Comedy Carnival rolls into town for its biggest and best edition in the West yet. We’ve trawled through the line up to select the top ten funny men and women hitting the Galway stage.

1. Dylan Moran

The Navan man and former Black Books star was in the form of his life when we caught him at Vicar St recently. Moran is one of a select elite of Irish comedians who have won comedy’s biggest prize at Edinburgh. The other Irish men to scoop the illustrious gong are Sean Hughes, Tommy Tiernan and David O’Doherty.

The Black Box Theatre, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-22.

Read more: Dylan Moran at Vicar Street, Dublin review: 'funnier, sharper and more entertaining than ever before' 

2. Stewart Lee

Lee has worn many hats over the years; controversial co-creator and director of Jerry Springer the Opera; a columnist for The Observer, and occasional music critic. The English comedian is even curating an edition of the All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival in 2016. In the meantime, he returns to what he does best in Galway.

The timely routine about Top Gear below is an absolute joy, and arguably the funniest fourteen minute comedy masterclass you’ll ever see.

Roisin Dubh, Sunday and Monday, October 25-26.

3. Aprés Match

Aprés Match of the Day has been brightening up Monday nights on RTÉ 2 in recent weeks. The lads even paid comic tribute to the late journalist, and hardcore Shamrock Rovers fan, George 'Ringo' Byrne. As anyone who has caught one of their rare Vicar St shows will tell you, they're even funnier live. Bound to be a sell out, so you know what to do.

Black Box, Friday, October 23

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Barry Murphy, Risteárd Cooper & Gary Cooke have become TV favourites with their Après Match sketches over the last two decades Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

4. Aisling Bea

The Kildare girl and former professional flat race jockey has been tickling funny bones all over the word in recent years. Bea deservedly won the So You Think You’re Funny award in Edinburgh in 2012, becoming only the second woman to win it in the last 25 years.

Spiegeltent, Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25.

Aisling Bea

5. Al Porter

Al Porter has had a sensational 2015. In January, he became the youngest comedian to sell out Vicar St. This Christmas, he has written the Olympia panto Freezin' (a send up of Frozen) and has become a household name.  Just two short years ago, Porter got his first break in showbiz - singing karaoke in Captain America’s in Tallaght!

Spiegeltent, Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 October. The Loft at 7, Thursday, October 22. Town Hall Theatre, Friday, October 23.

Read more: A pint of Al Porter is your only man 

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6. Beardyman

The 33-year old Londoner Darren Foreman is better known as a multivocalist, musician and comedian who trades under the alias Beardyman. Renowned for his beatboxing skills and use of live looping, he brings his One Album Per Hour show to Galway. The script is the audience come up with the track titles while Beardyman makes a live album. Participants and partners in crime to date include Jack Black and Tim Minchin.

Town Hall Theatre, Sunday, October 25.

7. Nina Conti

Nina Conti is probably the foremost ventriloquist working in the world today. Some of well much loved characters include a Scottish grandmother called Granny and a cheeky monkey named Monk.

Town Hall Theatre, Saturday, October 24.

8. Lynn Ruth Miller

Lynn Ruth Miller is the epitome of what you’d call a late bloomer. She started stand up at the age of 71, has appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, and now brings her five star cabaret show Alzheimers cha cha cha to Galway. And she is only 81-years young!

Roisin Dubh, Friday, October 23.

9. Phill Jupitus

At last year's Comedy Carnival, Phill Jupitus was quite literally everywhere; compering, deejaying, reading poetry, taking over Galway Bay FM and several stand up appearances. This year, he plans to top it all by doing the first ever gig from the altar of the Cathedral, plus a few free shows too. To whet your appetite, check out his uncanny Eddie Izzard impression from QI.

Spiegeltent, Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 and 22. Roisin Dubh, Thursday, October 22 (free late show), The Loft at Seven, Friday and Sunday, October 23 and 25, The Blue Note, Friday, October 23 (free), Black Box Theatre, Saturday October 24

10. Abandoman

Irish dup Rob Broderick and James Hancox of Abandoman have been entertaining the world with their hip-hop comedy show. They feature on a cracking line-up on Sunday, October 25 alongside Andrew Maxwell, PJ Gallagher, Tiffany Stevenson and Carl Donnelly.

Spiegeltent, Saturday, October 24, Black Box Theatre, Sunday, October 2

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