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Gearóid Farrelly

Gearóid Farrelly

For Gearóid Farrelly, comedy came as second nature.

His comedy career got off to a flying start in 2008, when in the space of a few short weeks he was a finalist in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Festival. A gleamingly polished live performer, he is a regular at Irish festivals including our own Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy Festival and Electric Picnic, and is also a regular touring support to some of the comedy’s top names including the late Joan Rivers.

“Intelligent, reflective comedy” Irish Times

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On television, Gearóid is probably best known for playing Pat the conjoined-twin of Gerry (PJ Gallagher) in ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ (RTE). He was also a regular on ‘The Panel’ and has also notched up appearances in ‘The Savage Eye’, ‘Maeve Higgins Fancy Vittles’, ‘The Lucy Kennedy Show’ and ‘The Blame Game’ on BBC1.

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Chris Kent

Chris Kent

Hailing from ‘The Rebel County’, Chris gave up the day job as an electrician, to pursue his calling in comedy.

Having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Burr, Dylan Moran, David O’Doherty, PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamare, Chris himself is en route to becoming a household name. His festival appearances include The Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy festival, The Galway Comedy festival, Electric Picnic, and many more.

‘Original hilarious material...Among the best acts I’ve seen’ THE MIRROR

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Chris’ relatable and charming comic voice has seen him score a number of successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An expert at tickling the funny bones of critics and audiences alike – following on from being listed as “One to Watch” in Hot Press magazine’s “Red Hot and Rising”, Chris was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by the same publication.

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Improv All Stars

Improv All Stars

Four brave performers will arrive with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen.

Willed on by a supportive crowd, through improvisation they create whole sketches and comic dramas that are amazingly inventive and regularly take off into flights of surreal brilliance.
Featuring some of the most popular characters from the English TV series – The live show follows the same format as the TV show ”Whose Line Is It Anyway?” as seen on Channel 4 / Dave Channel / SKY with loads of audience participation and madcap improvised comedy sketches.

“This show features the improv talents of Stephen Frost, Andy Smart, Steve Steen, Ian Coppinger and special guest Dermot Whelan.

‘They are better than ever’ Hot Press

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Improv All Stars with guest Dermot Whelan

Friday 1 June / 21:00 / Village Inn
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Stephen Frost – Big, bald, bushy browed Stephen is a comedy legend and an improv maestro. He pulls the strings and announces the games, taking audience suggestions and deciding when a sufficient level of breathless hilarity has been reached before moving on to the next game. He has appeared in Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Young Ones and as the overly cheerful head of a firing squad on Blackadder.

Steve Steen – A leading exponent of the art form, Steve was featured in six episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway. He also appeared on Have I Got News For You, is practically a mascot of the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway and had a star turn as Lord Byron in Blackadder The Third.

Andy Smart – Andy is a member of The Comedy Store Players – the longest running comedy show in the world according to the Guinness Book Of Records. For some reason, Andy has run with the bulls in Pamplona over fifty times.

Ian Coppinger – Don’t let the size fool you, or do, if you know what I mean. Ian packs a lot of fun into a five foot frame. One of Ireland’s most successful comics, Ian acts, performs stand up and improvises all around the globe and is the perfect physical foil to Stephen’s hulking presence. Ian has appeared on The Panel and is a long standing member of Dublin Comedy Improv.

 

Warning: Adult content, delivered childishly!

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Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson

Lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2016 Best Newcomer Winner

Glasgow born and bread Gibson smashed onto the stand-up scene in November 2010, quickly establishing himself on the circuit.

A storyteller at heart, Gibson mixes a conversational style with his own unique brand of dark humour. Confidently leading his audience down a path, few dare to tread. This ability to push boundaries and control any room he plays has found Scott in high demand.

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Keith Farnan

Keith Farnan

Having appeared on BBC’s Michael Mcintyre Comedy Roadshow as well as adapting his own comedy documentary for RTE, Money, Money, Money: Keith Farnan versus the Economy, Keith is a red hot Irish talent in the UK.

His blend of political commentary and outlandish storytelling, lights up a comedy gig something lovely. His latest show, KIDOCRACY, interacts with the audience of kids in coming up with a hypothetical country and ruling it in the face of adversity. It’s hilarious and provocative.

“Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” – TIME OUT

“Artful, satirical…with a lightness of touch and a hefty helping of roguish Celtic charm” – THE SUNDAY TIMES
Time Out Critics Choice – London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai!

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Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones

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Fresh from an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe and sell-out October run, BAFTA-nominated star Spencer Jones makes his Cat Laughs debut!
‘Spencer Jones has built one of the silliest, most consuming shows of the Fringe.’ ★★★★★ Times

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Fred Cooke

Fred Cooke

Fred Cooke’s musical prowess and beautifully crafted physical storytelling make for a uniquely satisfying and crowd-pleasing brand of comedy.

A regular contributor to ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’ both on RTÉ and 2FM, Fred also made repeated appearances on the wildly successful RTÉ Show, ‘The Fear.’

“Fred Cooke is ready to step into the premier league of Irish funnymen.” - HOT PRESS

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Fred’s musical sketches are consistently a joy and his Republic of Telly Hidden Camera Prank went viral – reaching 1,661,213 hits on Youtube. Fred regularly performs at some of the world’s most prestigious comedy festival, including our own Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, The Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London Irish Comedy Festival.

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Colm O'Regan

Colm O'Regan

Comedian, bestselling author and broadcaster – Colm O’Regan has so many feathers, he’s going to need a bigger hat.

Colm’s debut book ‘Isn’t It Well For Ye, The Book Of Irish Mammies’ is already a bestseller and was nominated for an Irish book award. Its warm and funny observations proved a hit nationwide. The book’s inspiration sprang from the equally successful @irishmammies twitter account which Colm authors. Set up in early 2012, the account has more than 217,000 followers – making it one of the top accounts in Ireland.

“so funny he could reduce a 19th Century Russian novelist to tears” HOT PRESS

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Colm’s undeniable comedic chops have made him one of the international scene’s most in-demand bookings. Colm’s comedy festival appearances include the prestigious invite only Montreal Just For Laughs, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic and many, many more. He has played all over Ireland and the UK and even as far away as Cape Town, Tokyo and Osaka. Colm has a long and growing list of TV and Radio writing and performing credits including ‘The World Stands Up’ (Comedy Central), the ‘Craig Doyle Show’ and ‘The Only Viking in the Village’ (RTE).

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Abandoman

Abandoman

Ireland’s freestyling master of hip hop comedy, Abandoman, is back at the Cat Laughs Festival!

Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Abandoman/Rob Broderick will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales.

“Broderick has us in the palm of his hand from the minute he starts until the very last mic drop” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

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A visionary master of audience participation – Abandoman invites you to throw your suggestions in the ring and watch the unpredictable musical madness unfold. Abandoman has previously won Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Best Comedy Newcomer at the Adelaide Fringe, headlined comedy stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic, Reading and Leeds, as well as having supported and toured with pop behemoth Ed Sheeran.

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Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

One of the country’s best known comics, Colin has played sell out shows throughout Ireland and at the biggest and best comedy festivals around the world.

A master of treading the line between edgy, topical satire and acute observational asides, Colin remains a highly original and much sought after performer.

“A natural performer, superb mimic and proof that straight stand-up is still hard to beat”- Daily Express

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Colin’s television highlights have included the five years he was the writer and presenter of the highly regarded and critically acclaimed, ‘Blizzard of Odd’ followed by a six year stint on the starmaking hit, ‘The Panel’, for RTE. He is a regular panelist on ‘The Blame Game’ (BBC) and on ‘Great Unanswered Questions’ for BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 4.

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Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

Truly Dom is the Godfather of the festival.

 Only Barry Murphy has appeared in Kilkenny more times. A bone fide legend on the US comedy circuit, Dom has appeared with everyone from Letterman to Conan; Jimmy Fallon to Craig Ferguson and he’s slayed them all.

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Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell

The always unpredictable enfant terrible of the Irish comedy scene, Andrew’s cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary has secured his position as one of the most-acclaimed comics on the circuit today.

Lately, Andrew has been furnishing everyone’s MTV’s hit show ‘Ex On The Beach’ with his unique voice as narrator.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Andrew Maxwell is an excellent comedian. He is intelligent, funny knows how to work the room and is a total entertainer” ★★★★★ One4Review

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No stranger to a packed house or a raucous festival crowd throughout his career, Andrew has had many sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has also performed at The Amnesty / Channel Four’s Secret Policeman’s Ball (alongside Eddie Izzard, Chevy Chase and Dylan Moran), Glastonbury, Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and of course, our very own Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.

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Barry Murphy

Barry Murphy

One of the undisputed godfathers of the Irish comedy scene, Barry Murphy co-founded the the Comedy Cellar in 1988.

An acclaimed stand-up, Barry is perhaps best-known as one of the masterminds behind ‘Pictorial Weekly’ and ‘Après Match’. Chief amongst Barry’s slew of awards is the dubious honor of being the only comedian to have performed at every Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival since 1995.

"The most respected comic satirist in Ireland" Rory Bremner

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Barry’s longevity at the fore of the domestic comedy scene is unparalleled. One of the most well respected and enduringly popular figures on the circuit, a Barry Murphy show remains a Cat Laugh must-see.

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Rich Hall

Rich Hall

Stand up comedy’s sweetly sullen Man In Black, Rich Hall quit his job as a hurricane namer for the United States Meteorological Service two decades ago to dedicate his life to mastering all things deadpan.

Rich is an American original; a master absurdist with a peculiar and somewhat grouchy insight on the human condition.

‘… an evening spent in the company of this American hero is one of the most gratifying and (yes) joyful experiences to be had on the comedy circuit’ – The Independent

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A scholar of the American west, Rich’s material is at its fiercest as he lays into the minutiae of the American experience. Splitting his time between a cabin in Montana and a London flat, Rich Hall is uniquely positioned to subject the quirks of both cultures to his wry and singular gaze.

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Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan has, in the last number of years, won the hearts of Irish audiences for her brilliantly barmy live stand up performances as well as her work in TV, theatre and radio – particularly her appearance on Stewart Lee’s ‘Alternative Comedy Experience’ on Comedy Central and her stellar work for ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’.

A festival regular, Eleanor and has performed at Latitude, Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal Just For Laughs, and of course the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. A uniquely gifted writer – Eleanor was one of the creators of the hit Dublin Fringe show ‘City West Side Story’ and went on to create ‘National Therapy’ for which she was nominated for the the festival’s First Fortnight award.

“Tiernan has a uniquely oblique angle on the word, and her routines have a touch of whimsy while grounded in astute observation. It means her set sounds fresh and original, without being so wilfully strange it will alienate all but the most dedicated followers.” CHORTLE

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Eleanor’s first TV work was part of Channel 4‘s beloved ‘Comedy Lab’ series. Following this she wrote and performed in RTE’s ‘The Savage Eye’. Eleanor has appeared on Maeve Higgins’ ‘Fancy Vittles’, on ‘The Panel’ and ‘Republic of Telly’ and also plays Dolores in the RTÉ sitcom ‘Bridget and Eamonn’.

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Alison Spittle

Alison Spittle

Alison Spittle is a one of the country’s finest young writers, comedians, podcasters and all round good eggs.

Alison has been a darling of the domestic comedy scene for a few years but her hit RTÉ Two series ‘Nowhere Fast’, introduced a whole new audience to the joys of Spittle. Other television credits include the RTÉ ‘Comedy Bites’ series of sketches and her Guide to Mullingar for the RTÉ series ‘Republic of Telly’.

“Spectacular in a beautiful surreal way” Irish Independent

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Alison’s unique pop-culture lexicon and brilliant, hairbrained absurdity have seen her become one of the country’s most potent comedic propositions. Alison’s own podcast, ‘The Alison Spittle Show’, features Alison in conversation with a range of fascinating folks from various walks of life – from comedy to music to politics and activism. Alison’s natural warmth and quick wit has seen her quickly established as one of the country’s finest interviewers. Alison has brought two shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: ‘Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii ‘and ‘Alison Spittle Needs an Agent’ and will be bringing her current show ‘Alison Spittle: Worrier Princess’ to the 2018 festival.

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Neil Delamere

Neil Delamere

Neil Delamere is one of the most beloved acts active in the Irish comedy scene today.

Having presented ‘Neil Delamere’s Just For Laughs’ and ‘Republic of Telly’, Delamere remains one of the most cherished comedians to regularly feature on domestic television screens. Neil has also delivered hysterical performances for international audiences with appearances on the likes of ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, ‘Stand Up For The Week’ and ‘Comedy Central’ at the Comedy Store.

“You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic”***** The Scotsman

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Something of a renaissance man, Neil currently hosts a weekly show on Today FM called ‘Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best’ and wrote and presented the Irish Film and Television Award winning series ‘Holding Out for A Hero’. Neil is a Cat Laughs regular and a festival veteran, having performed at Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others.

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David O'Doherty

David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty is an award-winning comedian, author and musician.

First nominated for best newcomer in 2000 for his show The Story of the Boy Who Saved Comedy, David went on to win the main Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2008 for Let’s Comedy. He has returned to the festival every year since then, receiving widespread acclaim from both audiences and critics.

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David’s television credits include The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty (RTÉ), Live at the Apollo (BBC 2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4). He has also previously been a guest on and hosted Never Mind The Buzzcocks and made appearances on shows such as QI, Dave’s One Night Stand, Would I Lie To You? and Have I Got News For You.

David is also a successful author. He published his first book, a children’s title called Ronan Gets It Wrong, in 2000.

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Zoe Lyons

Zoe Lyons

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Zoe Lyon’s trademark high energy approach and brilliant observations has seen her furnished with a fast-growing and devout fanbase.

A winner of both the prestigious Comedian’s Comedian Award and Chortle Best Club Comic gong, Zoe’s mastery of the mic is established and enviable.

“Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd” The Guardian

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2018 sees Zoe Lyons debuting her new show ‘Entry Level Human’, and embarking on a massive tour around the UK. A much-loved festival regular, Zoe’s debut hour at the Edinburgh Festival gained her a nomination for the Perrier Award, and she has hosted the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ final in Edinburgh for the last four years.

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Des Bishop

Des Bishop

Since moving from Queens, New York to Ireland in his mid teens, Des Bishop has carved out a unique position for himself within the Irish comedy landscape.

An insider and an outsider all at the same time, few people are better equipped to poke fun at the absurdities of Irish life. One of the biggest names in the Dublin comedy circuit, Des has also masterminded a string of acclaimed television series including; ‘This is Ireland’ (2017), ‘The Des Bishop Work Experience’ (2004),’ Joy in the Hood’ (2006) and the award winning six episode comedy documentary series ‘In the Name of the Fada’ (2008).

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In 2011, RTÉ broadcast a critically acclaimed documentary made with his terminally ill father, ‘My Dad Was Nearly James Bond’ . The openness and honesty of his presenting style combined with his restless imagination and insightful comic observations presented a remarkable vision of Des as a comedian. A “must-see” for fans of unique, inquiring and engaging humor – Des is undoubtedly one of the most vital, honest and singular perspectives on the domestic comedy circuit.

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Adam Hills

Adam Hills

Over the last number of years Australian comic Adam Hills has achieved international acclaim as one of the the scene’s foremost talents.

Perhaps best known for hosting Channel 4’s satirical smash hit, ‘The Last Leg’, Hill’s stand-up is pleasingly distinct in its combination of positive uplift and rampant, wide-eyed spontaneity.

“Aw hell, just go see him alright ”***** METRO, UK

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Adam’s solo shows have seen sell-out houses at the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival and our own Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival. Around these parts, Adam commands a certain cult following, having lived in Dublin between 1999 – 2002 and honing his skills on the capital’s comedy circuit. Accordingly, Adam’s Irish appearances always crackle with the energy of a homecoming. However, it is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that Adam truly announced himself on the international scene. His 2001, 2002 and 2003 shows were all nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the festival. Adam has also won a Chortle Award for Best Compere in the UK. He is currently touring with his show Clown Heart to the UK, Australia and other festivals around the world.

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Karl Spain

Karl Spain

Over the course of nearly 20 years, Karl Spain has established his position as one of Ireland’s best known comics.

One of the busiest comedians on the scene, Karl is constantly honing his craft around the country and is highly respected for the colossal hit that was his TV series ‘Karl Spain Wants A Woman’.

“Achingly funny” THE SUNDAY TIMES

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A regular at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Galway Comedy Festival, Vodafone Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montreal Just for Laughs. Karl has also been winning over fans young and old with a string of hysterical appearances in seasonal pantomimes. Karl also regularly appears on and is a resident writer for hit show ‘Republic of Telly’.

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