Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Comedy Article From Culture Hub Issue 6

Comedy Article
From Culture Hub Issue 6

To get your mind off the stress of an oncoming working week, go to Sunday Service at the Lyric Theatre. Hosted by Conor Grimes and Alan Mckee the night incorporates sketches, stand-up and improvisation. The next night on 06 March will feature a local celebrity “who is prepared to be ritually humiliated in order to appear dead on” - who doesn't love watching celebrities being tortured?

But if you're not from South Belfast and BT9 seems all too posh for you, then alternatively Yardbird holds a monthly comedy night. The Dirty Onion open mic night is sponsored by managers, and all performers receive a free drink. If cider was able to make you a fabulous dancer in the club on Saturday, why couldn’t it also make you an hilarious comedian?

The piercing sound of your alarm on monday morning, is enough to question your entire life; don’t worry though, there is light at the end of the tunnel if you hit the Pavilion's Open Mic Comedy Night held by local comedian Luke McGibbon. Cheaper than any other comedy night, you won’t have to feel guilty after all those transactions come out from buying the entire bar drinks on Saturday night.

If everything has still got you down by Tuesday and you need someone to help you look on the brighter side of life, then The Empire Laughs Back is what you need. Held every Tuesday and hosted by Jake O’Kane or Colin Murphy the night features guests renowned on the UK and Ireland comedy circuit.

Two extra special gigs happen in April. On the 3rd, you can be satirized by Chris Montgomery in the Black Box; running in association with The Infinite Jest,  Montgomery will explore a mixture of topics from politics and relationships to the horrors of summer bible camp. Then, on 09 April, the TV star of “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” Phil Jupitus will be coming to the compact and intimate Sunflower Comedy club.

This should get you through any week and out of any winter doldrums. It's also a great way to spot and support local talent and experience some of the seasoned professionals. I've no doubt missed some of the other opportunities for a chuckle, but this should lead you on the right path and you can detour when you find more.

If by Wednesday you need a remedy to keep you sane for the remaining two days of the working week, there is always Lavery's Comedy Club. “General Banter Podcast recording” is held bi-weekly by Colin Geddis, Aaron McCann and Shane Todd in Lavery’s Mister Toms.  Alternatively, Queen's Comedy Club compered by Colin Murphy is held in Queen's Students Union and has been running now for 14 years.

If you can’t wait for St.Patricks day and want to start the celebrations early, the next Wonder Frog is the day prior. Wonder Frog is monthly in the Black Box. The night is completely improvisation, only using the audience's suggestions, so is guaranteed to be a completely unique experience.

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