The sold out Vodafone Comedy Festival was in the Iveagh Gardens last weekend Thurs 28th to Sun 31st.
The festival hosted a spectacular line-up of Irish female comedians with a mix of familiar faces and newcomers. Here’s a selection of 14 in no particular order.
1 – Aisling Bea
Now based in London Aisling is an award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actor with a growing and glowing reputation. Living in London, since winning prestigious comedy competition ‘So You Think You’re Funny?‘ in 2012, Aisling has become one of the most in-demand performers in UK and Irish comedy. Her status was cemented when she won the British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comic in 2014. In 2016 she will appear in hit Channel 4 drama ‘The Fall’.
Newcomer Andréa is a funny girl from Dublin. A bright spark in Irish comedy, she quickly made an impact as a finalist in the RTE New Comedy Awards, a TV showcase for promising comedians that spring boarded her onto a staple of Summer festival slots like the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cats Laughs, Electric Picnic and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
Eleanor is so funny that people don’t even know she’s joking half the time. Her Ursula McCarthy news reporter sketches are watched the world over and taken at face value. She was featured on Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience on Comedy Central and has played Latitude, Glastonbury, Montreal Just For Laughs and all of the Irish comedy festivals.
Alison is a comedy force on the rise. The Alison Spittle Show is Ireland’s brightest new podcast, with past guests such as Kevin McGahern, Fred Cooke and Louise McSharry. She hosts the forthcoming Foil Arms & Hog RTE Radio 1 Comedy Showhouse 2 part series due to air in the autumn. Come watch her live podcast chat show at this year’s Vodafone Comedy Festival with a house band, warm up acts and everything you’d expect in a normal chat show, but funnier.
After a seven year break from stand-up, during which she had more babies, made a movie in Vietnam and became the mother of MooneBoy, Deirdre O’Kane makes a triumphant return. What has she learned from being a mum, achieving the glory of a mid-life crisis and chasing after collagen as it attempts to leave her life forever? Below a classic stand up clip from RTE Two’s The Liffey Laugh.
Grainne McKeever’s fearless observations and quirky story telling style have seen her become a firm favourite with Irish audiences. Already a performer at The Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Body & Soul and The Laughter Lounge catch her live this weekend.
8 – The Nualas
The ‘saucy, sassy, racy, ridiculous.’ (EdFringereview) Nualas are jetting in for one night only to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which tent flap you came in. Expect ‘deceptively dark, twisted and wonderfully witty songs‘ (Scotsman). Plus ‘staggeringly impressive three-part harmonies and a savage, biting wit’ (Metro Scotland) Because ‘They’re funny. Simple as.’ (Irish Times), ‘World Class‘ (Sunday Times) and rather ‘Must See.’ New York Times.
Here is their Yes2Love song & video exclusively recorded for the gay marriage referendum in Ireland.
9 – Mary Bourke
Mary Bourke is a relative newcomer to Irish audiences. An award winning irish comic based in London, she is working on her first play SHOOT THE WOMEN FIRST which will be performed as part of the 2016 Edinburgh fringe festival. A dark horse in a purple jacket and hat.
10 – Laura Byrne ( Newcomer)
Laura Byrne, a self-proclaimed ‘(still not confident enough to call myself a proper) stand-up comedian’, is beginning to make her way onto the Irish stand-up scene. Byrne is probably most well known for her regular appearances on the viral YouTube Channel, ‘Facts.’ However, Byrne is an up-and-coming on the national stand-up scene too, having performed on stages across the country as she raises her profile and her live comedy skills. This musical comedian’s star is due to shine in 2017 so tell your comedy buddies you saw her here first.
11 – Maeve Higgins
This woman probably doesn’t need an introduction but Maeve Higgins is a comedian from Cobh, now living in New York City, She’s busy working on her third book, writing regularly for the New York Times and co-hosting StarTalk on the National Geographic Channel. A regular favorite at the Iveagh Gardens and see here why she is one of our best stand ups.
You may know Niamh from licking your ear on a night out or seeing her head on some TV show this year. She embarrassed her family yet again by being on TV3’s documentary ‘The Stand Ups’. She was also the comedian who molested the poor young fella on RTE’s’ Doctor Pixies Sex Clinic’ plus popped up on RTE2’s ‘Bridget and Eamon’ and Republic of Telly’s ‘The Apartment Games’. She is both ridiculous and inappropriate in equal measures….but sure you’ll have that.
13 – Teresa Coyne
Teresa Coyne is an up and coming comedian who is also a regular contributor tothe popular Facts YouTube channel. She can also spin a good yarn, as proven by her reaching the final of The Moth Grand Slam.
14 – Emma Doran
Last but by no means least Emma Doran. You may have seen this lady pop up on Grintage for her beauty tips and life advice. Only a couple of years on the Irish comedy circuit and Emma has already made a name for herself with her unique deadpan style. She’s performed at some of the country’s best and biggest venues and catch her on the opening night.
Above impressive list may spark some other talented comedy sister out there to take the plunge and make their Iveagh Gardens debut next year.
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