Howdy folks. I recently began an effort to convince biscuit scientists to help me craft a Tittererer’s Digestive. The idea is it would be a sort of mealy snack to consume while enjoying the comedic offerings below. I’ve fallen at the first hurdle, in that I’ve had difficulty finding a single biscuit scientist. Nevertheless, I will fight on.
1. Vodafone Comedy Festival
The annual comedy festival in the Iveagh Gardens kicks off this evening. The next four days will feature some great acts, including Dara Ó Briain, Alison Spittle, Foil, Arms & Hog, Eleanor Tiernan, David O’Doherty and Maeve Higgins. Reviewables and the Alison Spittle Show will also be recording live episodes at the festival.
If you can, I recommend heading to the festival. (If you’re interested in a chance to win some free tickets, check the end of this article.) These are my recommendations for some of the shows you should catch:
Thursday 7:30pm – The Laughter Lab
The Reviewables podcast hosted by Cian McGarrigle and Edwin Sammon. Guests include Kevin McGahern, Erin McGathy, Ronan Grace, Andrea Farrell and Damian Clark.
Thursday 9:30pm – The Comedy Hub
MC’d by the legendary Barry Murphy, this show will feature sketch virtuosos Foil, Arms & Hog and stand-up from Michael Ian Black (of Wet Hot American Summer), Shane Clifford (of the film below) and Hannah Mamalis.
Friday 7:30pm – The Laughter Lab
The Alison Spittle Show hosted by Alison Spittle (she’s yet to have Leno fill in for her) with guests Tommy Tiernan and Radie Peat.
Saturday 4:30pm – The Punch Line
Co-MC’d by Conor O’Toole and Ruth Hunter, this show features Foil, Arms & Hog (yeah, again), Emily Heller, Eleanor Tiernan and Chris Kent
Sunday 4:30pm – The Laughter Lab
The Workman’s Comedy Club comes to the Iveagh Gardens, hosted by Conor O’Toole and Ruth Hunter (yeah, again). The show features Maeve Higgins, Colin Chadwick, Julie Jay, James Moran, Pauline Shanahan and Sean Nolan
The brilliant Shane Clifford recently introduced the world to Garvin, a man with ambitions and contraception.
3. Good Burger
Complex published an oral history on the making of and legacy of Good Burger, the 1997 children’s comedy starring Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson. They interviewed the two stars, writers and director along with cast member Carmen Electra.
4. Bagpackers United
Filmmaker Aidan Fitzmaurice presents a documentary about the believably small world of competitive bagpacking.
Before I Go…
The Workman’s Comedy Club will be at the Vodafone Comedy Festival this Sunday at 4:30pm in the Laughter Lab. We’ve got a few pairs of tickets to give away for the show. To be in with a chance to win email [email protected] with the subject “VCF17 Tickets” and the name of your favourite workman.
Main image via dublin.ie