This year's Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival is kicking off from October 22nd to the 28th, running right across the October Bank Holiday weekend.
With over 100 acts to choose from with 70 shows across the seven days, there's a lot to take in. With that in mind and because we're so sound, we've gone ahead and broken it down for you into five things to know about this year's Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival.
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1. WHERE IT'S ON
Galway. It's in the title, like. To be more specific, however, the Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival runs across 18 unique venues in the city, playing at venues like the Roisin Dubh, Leisureland, the Dew Drop Inn, and the Mick Lally Theatre. You can find the full programme right here.
2. WHO'S PLAYING AT IT
All told, over 100 artists will be performing across the seven days, so you're basically spoiled for choice. International acts like Kevin Bishop, Omid Djalili, Reginald D. Hunter, Rich Hall, Bill Bailey and Ross Noble are all on the programme. Meanwhile, Irish acts include Kevin Gildea, The 2 Johnnies, Ardal O'Hanlon, Enya Martin and Martin Maloney are all set to play.
3. WHAT ELSE IS THERE BESIDES STAND-UP COMEDY?
Bingo Loco is taking place on Thursday and Friday of the week in the Galmont Hotel Ballroom. You've also got cabaret act The Dirty Circus, not to mention the Comedy Club Crawl, the Wild Atlantic Wahey Mystery Tour with surprise guests throughout, and then there's the Comedy Village in Eyre Square.
4. COMEDY VILLAGE? EYRE SQUARE?
In this economy? It's more likely than you think. Eyre Square is transformed into a village for the Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival, with festive lighting, food and drink vendors. Not to mention it being a huge comedy venue itself where you'll see some of the acts performing.
5. WHAT ELSE IS ON?
As well as the Vodafone Galway Comedy Festival, you've also got the Galway Aboo Halloween Festival running in the Latin Quarter from October 26th to the 28th. In fact, the highlight is the Macnas Halloween Parade through the city on the Sunday evening. There's also the National Hunt Day on the Saturday at the Galway Races, and if that's not enough, there's also the fact that you're in Galway with the natural beauty of the likes of Spiddal, Connemara and Roundstone all just a short drive away.
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