Kilkenny's Cat Laughs Comedy Festival returns for its 24th annual outing this June Bank Holiday weekend, with a bill that mixes the cream of Irish stand-ups with the cutting edge of all things flipping hilarious.
This year’s busy programme offers an all-star Irish line-up, including Ireland’s Got Talent Judge Jason Byrne, keyboard maestro David O’Doherty, Aisling Bea, Des Bishop and the mighty Maeve Higgins.
Also appearing are (deep breath) Neil Delamere, Deirdre O’Kane, Andrew Maxwell, Barry Murphy, Karl Spain, Alison Spittle, Bernard O’Shea, Eleanor Tiernan, Abandoman, Colm O’Regan, Chris Kent, Paul Currie, Joanne McNally, Colin Murphy, Eric Lalor, Kevin McGahern, Jarlath Regan, Fred Cooke, Gearoid Farrelly, Lords Of Strut and more.
Providing the international giggles are Manchester fave Jason Manford, Reginald D Hunter, The Last Leg’s Adam Hills, master of whimsy James Acaster and a pair of the UK's finest female stand-ups, Mock the Week regular Zoe Lyons and Sara Pascoe.
The Kilkenny bash has always delivered the most exciting new comedic talent from the US, and making his Cat Laughs debut this time out is Rory Scovel, an acclaimed standup and podcast fave - be sure to check out his Netflix special, Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For the First Time.
It's not just about stand-up comedy, either; the Kilkenny bash also hosts everything from Second Captains Live and Stephen Frost’s Improv All Stars to a recording of Blind Boy Boatclub’s new podcast and STRAY, a new strand for 'late-night explorers, day-time wanderers and the curious at heart' - and much more besides. If attending, please sure to hold onto your sides - they just might split.
The Cat Laughs runs from May 31 to June 4. Find out more here.