No joke as novel comedy show celebrates diversity

Comedian Martin 'Beanz' Ward, who is organising this show celebrating comedy and diversity.
Comedian Martin 'Beanz' Ward, who is organising this show celebrating comedy and diversity.

A kaleidoscope of comedy acts will take to the stage in Galway this weekend for a novel event that celebrates diversity through jokes.

Comediversity, organised by Martin Beanz Ward, a gay Traveller from Tuam, takes place in the Róisín Dubh in the city this Saturday, November 11.

In what is believed to be a comedy first in Ireland, among the stand-up acts is an asylum seeker, who is living in Direct Provision in Galway.

More than half of the acts are women; and there is also a drag queen from Loughrea as well as LGBT comedians, including Breda Larkin from Ballinasloe.

The proceeds of the event will go to a women’s charity and a local support centre for gay people.  Mr Ward is organising the event with Chris Sture, from Norway. It stemmed from criticism he received for the male-dominated, straight line-up at an event Ward organised during Galway Gay Pride.

“A bi- woman comedian complained about the lack of diversity in the line-up. She assumed that because I was a Traveller comedian that I was also straight. Rather than argue with her, we decided to recognise that sometimes comedy line-ups aren’t always diverse and set about changing that,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.