Vodafone Comedy Carnival returns to Galway this October

Dylan Moran, Sean Lock, Reginald D Hunter, Jason Byrne, Rich Hall, Milton Jones, Gina Yashere, Joel Dommett, Rhys Darby, Enya Martin, Al Murray and Dermot & Dave are just some of the stand-up superstars heading to Galway for this year’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival.

The 2018 programme for Ireland’s largest festival of laughter has just been announced and it is simply outstanding. With 75 shows and over 100 quality acts performing across 18 venues, Galway audiences are set for 7 deadly days and fun-filled nights of side-splitting comedy over the extended October bank holiday weekend.

The 2018 Vodafone Comedy Carnival runs as part of Vodafone’s Centre Stage programme, and once again sees the return of the iconic Spiegeltent to Eyre Square. With 2020 rapidly approaching, organisers have pulled out all the stops to bring some of the funniest acts on the planet to Ireland’s cultural capital on the Wild Atlantic Way (Hey Hey!!).

Dylan Moran

This year’s festival is headlined by one of the finest comedians of his generation, Dylan Moran. This will be the only opportunity for Irish audiences to catch him live on home turf this year. Another Irish exclusive is 8 out of 10 Cats team captain, Sean Lock, who’ll be performing three nights at the Black Box. If you fancy being immortalised on film, Rhys Darby, better known as Murray from Flight Of The Conchords, has chosen Galway’s Town Hall Theatre to record his Mystic Time Bird special. Joel Dommett of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here fame, will be making his debut Galway appearance. Gina Yashere, British Correspondent from Trevor Noah’s Daily Show, is paying us a long overdue visit, and we welcome back the world’s greatest one-liner practitioner, Milton Jones.


If you like a musical twist to your comedy, check out Rich Hall’s Hoedown, the inimitable Cuban Brothers or the amazing OMG It’s The Church who will shake your body and blow your mind. There will also be dashes of top notch silliness from the likes of Jason Byrne, Terry Alderton, Phil Nichol and Paul Currie, and some unserious messing from Irish comedy veteran Barry Murphy and Today FM’s Dermot & Dave. The UK’s favourite pub philosopher turned pop-up publican, AL Murray brings his unique comedy genius to Galway, serving up his satirical brew of no-nonsense banter.
Other highlights include internet sensation Enya Martin’s Giz A Laugh, The Fast Show’s Simon Day getting In Character and world class stand-up from the likes of Andrew Maxwell, Reginald D Hunter, Zoe Lyons, Glenn Wool, Tanya Lee Davis, Angela Barnes and Kerry Godliman.

Reginald D Hunter

Lost Voice Guy is making his Irish debut only months after winning this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, and of course the Swiss Army knife of the festival, Phill Jupitus, is relishing in his return to stand up, but we will also have him reciting poetry as his alter ego Porky The Poet, DeeJaying, Improvising with Steve Frost’s troupe, presenting festival radio and hopefully cooking the breakfast. Now there’s a festival line-up worthy of a future European Capital of Culture.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 28th August at 10am through www.vodafonecomedycarnival.com and via OMG, Shop Street, Galway 091 509 960. Black Box and Town Hall tickets also from Town Hall Theatre Box Office – 091 569 777 or www.tht.ie

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