Galway Comedy Carnival rocked into town in style this week with the beautiful Spiegeltent Jean Louis, which will host variety of shows featuring top Irish and international talent from now until Monday evening. Performers confirmed to take part in a range of mixed bills include Al Porter, Andrew Maxwell, David McSavage, Jason Byrne, Abandoman and PJ Gallagher among others. The legendary closing gala on Bank Holiday Monday at 8pm will be hosted by Karl Spain.
The colourful1930s Spiegeltent has been relocated to Eyre Square from last year’s base in the Claddagh, and now sits between the Browne Doorway and the Galway Hooker fountain.
‘With our main venue and festival hub front and centre in Eyre Square, we wanted to showcase the sheer volume of comedic talent we have booked, and that’s why all our Spiegeltent shows are mixed bills,” says Festival director Kevin Healy. “That way you get to experience 20 minutes of the very best material from the very funniest comics. It’s win-win really. They give everything they have and you don’t get too tired of any of them. Even if you do, there’ll be another one on shortly!’
Top performers will line up twice daily from now until Sunday, for shows at 7pm and 9.30pm. Podcasts, Laughter Yoga and Comedy Showcases will fill up the weekend lunchtime slots. All shows are fully seated and the comfortable tent contains fully stocked bars.
Tickets for the remaining Spiegeltent shows are selling fast. They include a selection of stellar names such as Al Porter, Andrew Maxwell, David McSavage, Jason Byrne, Abandoman and PJ Gallagher amongst many illustrious others. The line-up for Monday’s closing show remains secret as yet, but if previous years are anything to go by, it should be an absolute riot.
Tickets and information for the comedy shows in Spiegeltent Jean Louis at Eyre Square and at other throughout the city are available on www.vodafonecomedycarnival.com
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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