Kevin Bridges has become Scotland’s biggest export in comedy today. Dubbed as ‘brilliant’ by Billy Connolly Kevin first made his debut at The Edinburgh Playhouse on BBC1’s ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ in 2009. Overnight success followed with Kevin selling out his run at the Edinburgh Festival in just a day.
Kevin's astonishing rise to success continued in 2010 – when he recorded his debut DVD at a sold out Glasgow SECC arena, in front of 10,000 adoring fans. The DVD was released in November 2010 and went on to out-sell Frankie Boyle and Billy Connolly.
In 2012 he has also hosted the long running series of ‘Live At The Apollo’ and presented his own six-part documentary ‘Kevin Bridges – What’s The Story’ all for BBC1. His autumn 2012 tour, Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues…, smashed box office records for opening day ticket sales. A staggering 45,000 tickets were sold on the first day, selling out an incredible nine-show run at the Glasgow SECC Arena.
The second DVD ‘Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues…’ was a top 5 bestseller in 2012 with over 300,000 sales. Kevin’s success kept growing with a sell out Australian tour at the start of 2014 and his autobiography “We Need To Talk About…” which was released by Penguin Publishing in October 2014. Kevin also fronted 3 hugely successful shows for BBC1 about the commonwealth games and the Scottish referendum.
His 2015 tour “A Whole Different Story..” went on to sell over 500,000 tickets. The acclaimed tour saw Kevin play 16 sold out nights at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena where he went on to recorded his third stand up DVD. Kevin is soon to be embarking on a world tour which will see him playing Australia, Dubai, New Zealand and north America to name but a few.
“Brilliant” - Billy Connolly
… gravelly deadpan manner that makes him seem wise beyond his years – The Guardian
Friday 27th October 2017
Friday 27th October (Show 20:00), Black Box Theatre
After a couple of decades bogarting the ‘funniest man in Ireland’ title, Tommy Tiernan remains reluctant to let another comedian within an ass’s roar of it. This sage of stand up seems to never stop, constantly shape-shifting, ducking and diving while finding newer and weirder ways to gather a crowd and make them laugh. He has filled every country hall and community centre from Malin to Mizen with the kind of laughter that makes your soul sing. He’s played indoors and outdoors, at home and away while never straying from the winning formula of stripping himself bare so you can see yourself better. Tommy Tiernan: Under The Influence Tommy returns to Galway with his masterpiece, Under The Influence. 21 years of rushing in where angels fear to tread have not slowed this performer down. If anything the glint in his eye is more mischievous than ever and his delight in making people laugh has increased. This new show is all about the heroism of everyday life and the huge effort it takes just to survive the ordinary. Dancing round the stage like a hunchbacked Mick Jagger and using language like the drunken offspring of Patrick Kavanagh and St Brigid, he weaves a tapestry of chaos, empathy and life loving wit. Funny true stories and wild imaginings go hand in hand in this latest offering from this particular failed priest. For your enjoyment only. A wide eyed philosopher of love and life who performs as if appalled by the idea of being bland. - The Guardian
Karl Spain, Kevin Bridges, Foil Arms & Hog, To Be Announced : Late Night KARLnival
Friday 27th October (Show 23:00), Roisin Dubh
Karl Spain has been in stand-up comedy for over fifteen years. Last seen losing a few ounces on Celebrity Operation Transformation, Karl is probably best known in Ireland for his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman, which was a huge success in that he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman. He also appeared on Liffey Laughs, The Late Late Show, The Panel and Tubridy Tonight. Karl was recently team captain on Don’t Quote Me for RTÉ Radio 1. As well as being a regular at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Galway Comedy Festival, Vodafone Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs, 2015 saw the premiere of his first pantomime, Freezin’: The Story of The Snow Queen which he co-wrote with Al Porter. They also co-wrote a short film for Sky 1 as part of the Irish shorts series. Karl was a resident writer for Republic of Telly and still is for countless other comedians. Achingly funny - The Sunday Times Late Night KARLnival Late night festival club hosted by Karl Spain. Featuring the very best acts in town in a rowdy late night atmosphere. Last seen losing a few ounces on Celebrity Operation Transformation, Karl Spain hosted one of the biggest hits of the festival over the last three years with Late Night Karlnival. This clunkily titled show is jammed every night as people come to see the very best comedians perform their very darkest material. This one always fills up quickly and is not for the faint-hearted. Age 18+
Saturday 28th October 2017
Saturday 28th October (Show 19:00), Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
David or ‘The DOD’ as he is wont to call himself, does a fantastic line in self-deprecation. He describes his comedy as ‘Very low energy musical whimsy’ or occasionally as the ‘Ryanair Enya’ and previously has said he is a ‘failed jazz musician, scrambling about for something else to do with his life’. None of this is true of course. David has won the highest honour in the comedy world – The if.comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. His shows are legendary. Few people can do musical comedy as well as this twinkly eyed Dubliner. Do not miss him. A beautiful mix of acute observation and startling invention - The Irish Times
Saturday 28th October (Show 21:30), Town Hall Theatre
Irish comedy’s prodigal daughter has made a long-awaited return to her stand up roots, delighting audiences across the country. Warmth and charm envelop the killer wit of this Drogheda native. Unique star quality - The Guardian
Sunday 29th October 2017
Sunday 29th October (Show 19:00), Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
PJ Gallagher is one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians. He currently co-hosts PJ & Jim In The Morning with Jim McCabe on Classic Hits 4FM. He is most widely known for the huge success of the hilarious and sometimes outrageous hit TV show Naked Camera. He took his alter ego Jake Stevens to the US to film Makin’ Jake. He then returned with another sketch show, Meet Your Neighbours. With appearances on The Late Late Show and Tubridy Tonight, as well as hosting The Great Big Surprise Birthday Party for RTÉ, PJ Gallagher’s Stage Fright documentary and a hidden camera show called Trojan Donkey for Channel 4. PJ Gallagher is a Vicar Street regular and has appeared at the Cat Laughs Festival and Electric Picnic. His most recent tours, Concussion and Separated at Birth (with Joanne McNally) and Dickhead have received critical acclaim and played to sellout audiences
Sunday 29th October (Show 20:00), Black Box Theatre
Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences saddles up and hitches his wagon to visit Galway once again. This is a comedian whose plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe. Perrier (Edinburgh Comedy Festival) Award and Barry (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) Award winner Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland. Captivating and brilliant… ability to make the room guffaw was worthy of standing applause – Sunday Mirror Rich Hall Live 2017 Join Rich for a mash-up of music, comedy and gratuitous coloration. If you are a Rich Hall fan, this is the show for you. The floor will reek of liquor and spent dreams. This is Rich doing what he loves best - singing funny country songs, often improvised, and Jokes...for 90 minutes. Immaculate wordplay imbued with a genuine passion for the songwriter’s craft – The Times