REVEALED: Stellar line-up for 25th Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival
SOME of the biggest names in Irish and international comedy have been confirmed for this year’s Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs comedy festival.
Cats Laughs have confirmed that homegrown heroes Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Dara Ó Briain will take to the stage over the June bank-holiday weekend.
They will be joined by their fellow Irish comics David O’Doherty, Alison Spittle, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, Neil Delamare, Barry Murphy, Joanne McNally, Colin Murphy and Eleanor Tiernan.
Meanwhile, some of the big international acts include Adam Hills, Nish Kumar, Phill Jupitus, Angela Barnes, Rich Hall, Lou Sanders and Alan Davies.
This year’s stellar line-up will also feature the Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner Rose Matafeo, Mawaan Rizwan and Jena Friedman.
The festival, which is marking its 25th anniversary, will also feature a number of one-off events in venues throughout the city over the weekend.
London’s Soho Theatre will host a night of comedy and cabaret at Langton House Hotel’s Set Theatre; Dreamgun Film Reads will present its unique take on Jaws; and The Adam Hills Chat Show will feature the actor Sally Phillips among its special guests.
The festival will also feature Karl Spain’s Hilarious Walking Tour, The Adam Hills Chat Show and the Improv Allstars & a double-header show with online sensations Tony Cantwell and Mawaan Rizwan.
As usual, Kilkenny Cat Laughs are keen to support up and coming comedic talent. Comedy watchers will get to see six of Ireland’s and the UK’s leading up-and-coming comics will make the pilgrimage to the Cat Laughs in a whole host of venues and pubs across the city.
This year’s acts feature the hilarious EGG fresh from top reviews in Edinburgh Fringe; Just These, Please, who have 22 million views for their sketches online, BBC New Comedy Award 2018 and Scottish Comedian of the Year Stephen Buchanan and Funny Women Finalist Abigoliah Schamaun. Home-grown talent include Ruth Hunter and Shane Daniel Byrne.
Founded by Richard Cook, Cat Laughs has been a fixture on the festival calendar since 1995; the actor and comedian Bill Murray helped put it on the international comedy map a year later, when he performed at the festival with his brothers Brian and Joel.
Tickets for this year’s shows are on sale now.
For more booking information, log onto: www.thecatlaughs.com