Thursday, 12 May 2016

Comedy Article from Culture Hub Issue 7: May/June

Comedy Article from Culture Hub Issue 7: May/June

The months approaching summer remind me of being stuck inside the library revising for exams or immobilised inside an office sweating in a suit whilst the sun is finally out. It’s always you who finishes their examslast or has to stay at work late to meet the deadline. Then when you come home looking forward to lying out in your back garden or having a barbeque at the weekend, of course the sun has gone and the blissful atmosphere is now replaced by something that is reminiscent of The Day After Tomorrow. To laugh off how frustrating this is or to de-stress from exam season, why don’t you attend one or several of these comedy offerings running alongside the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

May Day features ‘The Comedians Cinema Club’ at the Black Box and was nominated as Best Music & Variety Show 2016 by Chortle and has been Time Out Critics Choice every month since February 2015. Created by Eric Lampaert, the show is filled with alcohol fuelled banter, and the much loved movies are not like you’ve seen them before.

May Day evening brings the Canadian comedian Craig Campbell to McHughs Bar Belfast. He is known as the wild man of Canadian comedy with controversial topics such as sex and drugs discussed during his stand-up. His performance is sure to be hilarious and unique however may leave you in shock if you are a prude.

‘Primal Squeam!’ will be performed at Voodoo 02 and 03 May. The show finds one of Belfast's best alternative theatre companies poking fun at life's foibles (i.e. men). The man in the play is Stewart and a fan of cheap thrills who wants to purchase pornography from local newsagent Wendy. Shot Glass Theatre offers a crude and kinky performance which is a quick fix of what you fancy.

On Wednesday 04 May, Rob Delaney will be performing in the festival marquee. Delaney is the star of the hit Channel 4 show Catastrophe and is widely regarded as one of America's gifted standups. He has made appearances on shows such as Have I Got News for You and 8 out of 10 Cats. The show is called ‘Meat’ because that’s how Rob views humans, and the show has graphic sexual content and explores bodily functions.

The comedic country musician Tina C will be coming to The MACon Sunday 08 May. The performance will feature a mix of love, self-empowerment, geo-political musing and damn fine hollering which will all be incorporated in her fantastic country songs.

On Wednesday 25 May, Queen's Comedy Club in the Student Union will welcome back Abandoman which is one of Ireland's top Improv teams. They combine audience interaction and improvisation to give a unique comedy experience. The show will transform the audiences’ loves and hates into hit songs and captivating tales.

Foster’s Award nominees Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez are coming to The MACon Saturday 04 June with Max & Ivan: The End. Drab seaside towns are plentifold in the UK and the fictional set in the town of Sudley-on-Sea epitomises all the gloom and glumness that a strong tide of blandness can bring in.

The lady of Geordie Comedy, Sarah Millican, is coming to the Waterfront on Saturday 10 June. Regularly appearing on comedy discussion shows, the stand-up writer and star of BBC 2's The Sarah Millican Show won the 2011 British Comedy Award for The People's Choice Queen of Comedy. The sketches narrative follows an imminent coastal apocalypse and follows the lives on an assortment of eccentric locals, including an ultra competitive sister, a corrupt local politician, a conspiracy nut and an hispanic perfume salesman. The main character is Clive, a tabloid newspaper journalist, who has returned to his hometown to make peace with his father and to scrutinize the local corrupt MP.

On 12 June Reginald D Hunter will be stopping by the Mandela Hall as part of his Irish tour with his show ‘The Aluminium Negro’. Hunter is often perceived as being brutally honest as he tackles controversial topics whilst demonstrating what it is like to be a “negro”. Hunter sets out to take his audience on a bountiful romp through today’s politically correct minefield while, at the same time, attempting to shield them from any truths they would much rather avoid.

So worry not about your exam results or take some paid leave from that secure white collar position to sample some of the many smile inducing acts rolling into the city. All the performances are indoors, so our trusty climate can’t get you down.

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