Dublin up with laughter

New comedy festival for Ireland

Dublin is to get its own comedy festival, featuring the likes of Bill Bailey, Jasper Carrott and Lenny Henry.

The two-week festival was officially launched by Tina C yesterday, although the full programme has not been announced.

However, other stars confirmed to appear in 16 venues across the city include Ed Byrne, Jerry Sadowitz and Dom Irrera.

Steven Kent, marketing manager of sponsors Bulmers, said: “We look forward to building the International Comedy festival into a showcase of the best of comedy talent, featuring originality in all of its forms, and to make it an event which will attract artists from all over the world."

The Bulmers International Comedy Festival will take place from September 12 to 26.

Meanwhile, the line-ups for the Ealing and Newbury comedy festivals taking place next month have also been unveiled.

Among the acts playing in the giant marquee in Ealing’s Walpole Park from July 17 to 23 are Dara O’Briain, Harry Hill, Jimmy Carr and Marion and Geoff star Rob Brydon. For the full line-up, click here.

The Newbury event, which runs from July 11 to 17, includes Linda Smith, Al Murray and Mel and Sue, as well as screenings of Carry-On films, workshops and a new act competiton. More details are on the official website.

Published: 24 Jun 2004

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