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Hands up anyone who loves a good festival….. all hands up I see and I can’t say I’m surprised! The festival atmosphere simply has to be experienced first hand and this Sunday sees the launch of a brand-new dedicated comedy festival; ‘Belly Laughs’. This first time, 8 day festival will be taking place in a variety of venues all over Belfast. So what’s it all about? Well…
Not restricted to stand-up comedy, the festival strives to challenge, inspire and inform. Belly Laughs brings you poetry, magic, cabaret, workshops, seminars, club nights, book readings and events for children … in fact, anything with a humorous angle!
Naturally we had to share it with you!
Summer is a happy festival laden season with a variety of events to suit every taste popping up all around the country. Today the 2nd annual Kerry Comedy Festival kicks off with a Father Ted Night at 8.30pm in The Laurel’s Pub in Killarney. Joe Rooney, Patrick McDonnell and Paul Tylak will be headlining the Father Ted bill and Paddy Cullivan (Late Late Show Camenbert Quartet) and Ursula Burns (who you’ll remember as the Winner of the Irish Musical Comedy Awards 2012) adding support. Tickets are just €18 so you’d be mad not to drop in and check out such a stellar line-up!
Tomorrow, Saturday 30th, you should really get yourself to the Carlton Hotel in Tralee at 8.30pm where the amazing line-up includes John Colleary of The Savage Eye, Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly, The Savage Eye), Jarlath Regan as MC, and the lovely Carol Tobin and Shayrn Hayden representing the ladies!! With tickets once again only costing €18 it’s sure to be a great value evening of laughter and fun.
Finally the festival will close on Sunday July 1st in The Hillgrove Hotel Dingle with Colm O’Regan and his brilliant show Ireland’s Got Mammies. Tickets are just €12 and include support from the very entertaining Colum McDonnell.
Get your tickets now on www.entertainment.ie but be quick, with a line-up like that they’re bound to sell out fast!
Where: The Kingdom
When: Fri29th June – Sun1st July
Cost: from €12-€18
This weekend sees a whole weekend of comedy fun provided by the Laughter Shed comedy group. Their event which can be found here is happening in various locations including Wildfowler
Various different acts will make an appearance (even the writer of Southpark or so I’m told anyway) and some of the comedy acts you can expect to see are Danny Dowling, Paddy McDonnell, Paul McCarron, Terry McHugh, Victoria E. Armstrong and none other than the Irish Musical Comedy Award winner 2012 Ursula Burns!
Tickets for the weekend are priced are varying rates and start from £7 for one show up to £20 for a full weekend tickets, Tickets and more information can be found Here.
Book early to avoid disappointment! Have a great weekend to those that make the trip!
We, at thecomedyscoop have been excitedly following the progress of the inaugural Irish Musical Comedy Awards since their conception and it was with great pleasure that I got together with their eventual winner, Ursula Burns for a little chat.
I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!
Ursula, I have to start off by saying congratulations on winning the IMCA’s last month! Tell me, how does it feel to be in the history books as the winner of the first ever Irish Musical Comedy Awards?
I never usually win anything. I always wonder why I never win the hamper , or the holiday, or the car. I suspect if I had won a bus trip to Newry in a school raffle, I would have been delighted. Therefore can you imagine how good I feel to be the first ever WINNER of the IMCA awards! I love songs! I have been writing songs all my life – I started at age 3 with a song for my parents entitled ” I have been long enough with you”. Nothing is more important to me than writing songs ( except my son). To get an award for my songs makes me so deeply deeply happy.
Wow! You started writing songs at 3 but this is your first time winning a competition, it’s great to hear you’ve finally gotten the recognition you deserve! There were a lot of great musical acts competing in the finals with you, what do you think was the secret to your success on the night?
Well, what I am doing is Unusual – Unusual Ursula to be exact! My mother is a harpist and traditional folk musician, my dad likes to party and sing funny songs. What won me the award is being 50% of my mum and 50% of my dad all rolled up into one strange me! As for the voices… I have no idea where they come from and have no-one to blame that on. The harp’s image needs roughed up a bit, I am breaking it out of its box. It’s not what people expect of the harp. That gives me an advantage. It is unique and rare. I am experienced at performing so I managed to get the crowd on my side after a long night of listening, I think that stood in my favour.
Thanks to the hard work of Sharyn Hayden, Wednesday 25th April 2012 will now go down in the history books, as the first ever Irish Music Comedy Awards! I was lucky enough to get to experience the night firsthand and it was a blast
When I heard the venue changed at the last-minute I did struggle to visualise how 4 Dame Lane would work for this event but, as soon as I walked in, I really liked the feel of the venue. It turns out they’ve far more space upstairs than my previous visit led me to believe and it was pretty well laid out to accommodate the crowd and comedians! The only thing that was really lacking was a back stage area, which meant the finalists were sitting among the punters until it was time to get on stage. I personally quite liked this, as it meant each of the contestants had an opportunity to get a proper feel for their audience and, of course, they also got a great view of their competition performing!
The three judges (Marty Miller, Amanda Brunker, Paddy Cullivan) obviously got the best seats in the house, right beside the stage, but they were cleverly placed so they didn’t block the audience’s view of each act. They also didn’t comment, Britains Got Talent style, after each act which meant the night felt more like a comedy gig rather than a ‘typical’ awards ceremony. For me this gave the evening a sense of being about supporting all Irish musical comedy not about pitting comedians against each other or seeking out their weaknesses and I think that was a big positive of the event.
Our host for the evening was the charismatic Fred Cooke, who did an admirable job of keeping the audience on side when anything started to go slightly awry, and of course there were a few mishaps along the way, it was the first event of its kind afterall! Fred managed to deal with a few hiccups in his script and various delays while some of the acts set up very well. I think Fred was a good choice of host, he interacted well with the crowd and they had a lot of fun with his material, especially once he pulled out his guitar. It certainly wasn’t the easiest crowd to keep on side, but Fred managed to end the night as he started, with his energy and enthusiasm remaining largely undampened, even in spite of some of the crowd getting pretty restless as we approached the final few acts.
The acts themselves got a mixed reaction from the crowd, but that was inevitable with 12 different contestants, a comedian MC and 2 guest performances, everyone was not going to enjoy them all! Each of the acts did manage to make me laugh in some way during their slot though and I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of musical comedy talent that made it to the final. In case you’ve forgotten who they all were, in order of performance on the night;