The 2017 Festival runs from Friday 13th October to Sunday 29th October.
From its inaugural year in 2012, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival has grown to be one of the biggest and most successful multi-genre festivals in Ireland. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent, the Festival has a unique and enticing atmosphere, blending the Olde Worlde feel of the Spiegeltents with the best in popular entertainment.
The 2017 Festival runs for 17 days and nights and the eclectic programme of events features contemporary music, comedy, theatre, film, classical music, burlesque and more.
Some of the top headline acts include Aslan, Imelda May, Hermitage Green and Smokie.
But we are here for the comedy and this year Wexford have an impressive line up.
October 20th 7pm – Al Porter
Firm (ooh, cheeky) Wexford favourite and Today FM’s Mr Entertainment, Tallaght’s very own Al Porter is the camp darling of Irish comedy. He was the youngest Irish stand-up ever to headline at Vicar Street, stormed his ‘Live At The Apollo’ debut last year and just recently appeared on 8 out of 10 Cats. He also is bringing back Blind Date for TV3, which will air this September. It’s live on stage where Al truly comes to life, with his sharp dress sense and sharper tongue! It’ll be an all-singing, all laughing explosion of filth and frivolity.
Outrageous! – Irish Independent
October 21st 7pm – Reginald D Hunter
In the years that he has been living and performing in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations.
Reginald has become one of the UK Comedy industry’s best-known performers for his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality. His work can be brutally honest and is often considered to be controversial but it is always meticulously thought out and he has never been afraid to face challenging issues head on, even when the focus is on his own principles or beliefs.
He is a well-known face on primetime television shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QIand is a frequent guest on Have I Got News For You. He has appeared in Argumental for Dave Channel and Would I Lie To You and Live At The Apollo for BBC1.
October 28th 7pm – PJ Gallagher
A natural on stage, PJ’s previous tours, Concussion and Separated at Birth (with Joanne McNally), received critical acclaim and played to sell out audiences. The Dublin funny man is also a festival favourite and regularly plays sold-out shows at Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Vodafone Comedy Carnival and the comedy stage at Electric Picnic.
Well known as the star of RTE’s Naked Camera, PJ’s various personas in the series included ladies man Jake Stevens, ‘Dirty Auld One’ and a brilliantly gormless taxi driver who thoroughly duped sports pundits George Hook and the late Bill O’Herlihy. PJ’s other TV shows include Meet your Neighbours, Next Week’s News and BBC’s The I Hate Show. He also participated in season 4 of Celebrity Bainisteoir, in which he managed St Patrick’s GAA Club Donabate,
A talented broadcaster, Gallagher presents P. J. and McCabe in the Morning with Jim McCabe on Classic Hits 4FM. More recently, PJ has also garnered success as an actor. A graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting, he performed at last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival in Alien Documentary and appeared in The Young Offenders, which won Best Irish Film at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh.
“That guy cracked me up for an entire afternoon that I forgot to meet my wife for lunch. It’s classic comedy but with a twist.” – Conan O’Brien
October 29th 7pm – Dermot & Dave “Ah Sure Lookit”
Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore debuted their comedy show at the first Cork Comedy Festival last September and the following month at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway. Both shows sold out in record time.
This is the first time the pair has taken to the stage for a comedy gig but they’re well used to each other, having worked together in radio for over 12 years.
Asked what people can expect from their stand-up show, Dermot Whelan said: “Imagine a bonkers radio show that grows legs and arms and a head and starts firing out craic and waving its arms like an angry King Kong in that movie. Not even close.”
Dave Moore commented: “It’s all our listeners’ favourite characters, stand-up, improvised comedy, music and an interactive gardening segment – what’s not to love?!”
Listeners to The Dermot & Dave Show on Today FM will be familiar with their weekly ‘Ah Sure Lookit’ feature where a friend of the show ‘Mac from Carlow’ gives random clues and people are asked to guess what it is Mac is talking about. Although the comedy show has nothing to o with the feature, the lads just like the name!