Galway-bound funny man finds laughter is the best medicine

Phill Jupitus...Galway Comedy Festival.

Galway-bound comedian and Never Mind the Buzzcocks star, Phill Jupitus has a unique way of staying sane.

“Basically I do stand-up instead of paying for a therapist. It’s much more profitable for me,” he says.

Jupitus returns to the city for more ‘therapy’ on Sunday for performances in the Galway Comedy Festival, rebranded as the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, which starts today, and runs until Monday, October 27.

As well as several stand-up shows, listeners to Galway Bay FM’s mid-morning magazine show, Galway Talks, can hear Jupitus next week as he stands in for Keith Finnegan for an hour a day.

A firm favourite with Galway audiences, the English funny man has been coming here for two decades, since his first gig in the former GPO nightclub in the late 1980s.

That was pre-Celtic Tiger Galway – the city has changed a whole pile since and so too has his stand-up style.

“The thing about Galway is there’s so much on, and they fit so much into twelve days, and every year it gets a bit bigger. The thing I love about Galway is (organiser) Kevin Healy has a passion for comedy.

“There are people all around the world who organise comedy festivals because organising a festival will make you a few bob and there are people that love comedy,” he says.

See full interview in this week’s Connacht Tribune. For festival details, check out