Live at The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway
Friday Oct 26th to Sun Oct 28th
Once again the Vodafone Comedy Carnival sees the return of the iconic 1930’s Spiegeltent to Eyre Square, but this year for the first time it will be joined by a newer, smaller, more intimate sibling – The Yurt.
Well-travelled readers will already be aware that a yurt is a circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible wooden framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, Turkey and more well-heeled attendees of Electric Picnic. It will now be used by nomadic comedians travelling through Galway.
The Spiegeltent and the Yurt are part of the Comedy Village, which will operate in Eyre Square throughout the Carnival. Featuring pop-up venues, food concessions, coffee stalls, information and ticket sales, as well as a full bar, this will be a warm, relaxed and inviting space to chill out before, between and after gigs (but not during!).
The Yurt will be open from Friday 26th to Sun 28th with a veritable feast of comedic offerings. The 100-capacity venue kicks off at 3pm each day with Yurty Talks with Republic of Telly’s Kevin McGahern hosting. The popular TV star will interview some very special guests to discuss such subjects as life on the road, comedic inspiration, writing, philosophy, humour and whatever else springs to mind. Reginald D Hunter, Phill Jupitus and Milton Jones are already confirmed as interviewees so you know it’s going to be good.
Kevin McGahern’s SPECIAL GUESTS
Fri 26th – Reginald D Hunter
Sat 27th – Phill Jupitus
Sun 28th – Milton Jones
From 5pm Friday and Saturday, The Yurt hosts an incredible selection of one person, hour long shows.
Friday 26th October
Stand-up comedy from the Stars of Fr Ted featuring Joe Rooney (Fr Damo) & Pat McDonnell (Eoin McLove). A veteran of the Irish comedy scene, Joe Rooney’s energetic mixture of stand-up and musical comedy has long proved a hit. Pat McDonnell is also one of Ireland’s most accomplished and respected stand-up comedians. Pat has appeared on Moone Boy, Stew, Naked Camera, and has written and performed for The Savage Eye.
5pm – 6pm, €10
Emman Idama: Finds Himself In Ireland
Rising star Emman Idama originally from Nigeria will let us in on how he came to ‘Find Himself in Ireland’.
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Pay €5 to reserve a seat or take a chance and Pay What You Want leaving
Porky The Poet
The Swiss Army knife of the festival, Phill Jupitus will be exploring his poetic muse through his alter ego Porky the Poet.
8pm – 9pm, €10
Saturday 27th October
Danny O’Brien: Lock In
Danny discusses the three times he has performed in prison as well as that one time he found himself there by accident…
5pm – 6pm, €10
Breda Larkin: The Word Of Breda
Breda will give a hilarious and thought-provoking exploration of her life through the triple lenses of sexuality, religion and em…facial hair.
6:30pm – 7:30pm (Pay €5 to reserve a seat or take a chance and Pay What You Want leaving).
Damian Clark: To the Max
Aussie firebrand Damian Clark tells rapid-fire jokes, barely coming up for air. He is bringing his new show To The Max, which just won the Amused Moose People’s Champion Award 2018 in Edinburgh.
8pm – 9pm, €10
Sunday 28th October
Comedy Roast Battle with Jim Elliott
This is where a cast of competing comedians go head-to-head in one-on-one insults, leaving no feelings spared. It’s intense…tears will be shed.
7:30pm – 9pm, €10.
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