‘Our poster refers to January blues with ‘blues’ crossed out and replaced with ‘January laughs’
If you are feeling the January blues then NUIG Comedy Soc may have the solution. The NUIG Comedy Soc have teamed up with Bank of Ireland are bringing Galway a brilliant line up this week.
There is also free pizza!
Starting with January Laughs on Thursday, January 17. It will kick off with Breda Larkin. This Ballinsloe comedian is the winner of Show Me The Funny 2018. The Irish Times has said her style ranges from “from strummy ditties to gently impassioned polemics and enjoyably daft puns”.
With Karl Spain Mc’ing, Larkin will be followed by comedy duo Totally Wired, also known as “Ireland’s oldest and least successful boy band” will be performing a hilarious musical set.
Kevin McGahern will end the show. The silver-tongued Cavan native promises a mix of traditional stand-up, character-based comedy and lovely funny songs.
How did Comedy Soc auditor Sarah O’Gorman assemble such a pedigree line-up for the show? “I do stand-up myself and I have gigged with Karl Spain at the Róísín Dubh and I’ve met him fairly often. I’ve also gigged with Totally Wired before, as well as Breda Larkin. I haven’t gigged with Kevin McGahern but I was delighted he said yes, and because he is touring it was great he had time off to come to us. Through building up contacts it’s easier to book them because they know they can trust us.”
She explains the inspiration behind January Laughs: “It’s the first weeks back in college after the holidays which can be very daunting for some people. Everyone has that down feeling after the Christmas; there’s not much to look forward to – our poster refers to January blues and ‘blues’ is crossed out and replaced with ‘January laughs.’ We did a gig last year for Mental Health Week which was very successful and though this is not Mental Health Week officially I felt it was a fitting theme for coming back to college.”
You can expect a lot of great gigs and comedy workshops in 2019 “We did one workshop two months ago and the people who went to it found it very beneficial,” Sarah notes. “That’s one thing we’re always asked about because people have no outlets to try out stand up in Galway at the minute; there are no open mic events currently for comedians.
“When we ran the workshop we got Johnny Graham and Bob Hennigan from the Dew Drop Inn who are well established comedians. During the workshop they also talked a lot about the business side which is very practical because I don’t think people realise the effort you have to put in to establish yourself on the comedy scene. There is travel to Dublin and maybe not getting paid or you only get €20 and the bus is €30, stuff like that.”
January Laughs is open to both students of the university and the public, and will take place in the Cube Theatre (Áras na Mac Léinn, NUIG ). Tickets are €5 and are available from NUIG’s Socs Box and www.eventbrite.ie For more information see NUIG Comedy Soc on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.