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Laughs galore at perfect comedy carnival

Cold beers, a beautiful waterfall and a feast of comic brilliance -- the 2010 Carlsberg Comedy Carnival at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens had it all, even a little sunshine to boot.

More than 20,000 people turned up for a laugh at the comedy gathering.

Forty street performers -- some of them bouncing around on stilts and dressed in clown costumes -- entertained us in between shows.

Inside the four main tents, however, is where the real magic happened, from Des Bishop's eccentric set on Thursday evening to Reginald D Hunter's brilliant Saturday afternoon gig.

The US talent didn't stop there, either, with the likes of Arj Barker, internet sensation Bo Burnham and stand-up's most famous oddball, Emo Philips, also making appearances.

Festival director Bren Berry, of Aiken Promotions, was delighted: "Everyone's done really well," he said last night.