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HEADS UP – CAT LAUGHS 2016 programme announced


But spare a thought for some comics who love a flutter …..

 Cat Laughs Goes to the Races is an exciting new development for both the festival, which marks its 22nd birthday this year, and Gowran Park race course outside Kilkenny which marks its 102nd!

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has, over the years, been a springboard for Irish talent such as Dara Ó Briain, Tommy Tiernan and David O’Doherty and a showcase for international talent such as Louis CK, Bill Burr and even Bill Murray.

What’s unique about Cat Laughs is the deep affection and loyalty to the festival from comedians and punters alike. They love the intimacy of the medieval city, the venues and the craic of hanging out with their comedy heroes and friends. It’s like a busman’s holiday for them. For the audience, this means the comics are at the top of their game and they get amazing shows with 4 or more top Irish and international acts on the one bill. It’s been called “the best little comedy festival in the world” by the Guardian newspaper, and we couldn’t disagree.

Now, all that is being brought to Gowran Park’s wonderful course and an exciting full 7 race card of top class flat racing. There’ll be comedy commentary, banter with the bookies and the tipsters and comedy capers over the course of the June bank holiday Monday. We believe this is a fantastic blend of two things the Irish do better than anyone else: horse racing and comedy!

This year’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival line-up includes: Hector Ó hEochagáin, Jason Byrne, Adam Hills, Maeve Higgins, Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Al Porter, Barry Murphy, Bec Hill, Dom Irrera, Sean Hughes, Aisling Bea, Jason Manford, Reginald D Hunter, David O’Doherty, PJ Gallagher, The World premiere of Waterford Whispers News: Live and many, many more still to be announced.

Tickets for Cat Laughs Goes to the Races priced €15 available from 9am Monday, January 18th.

Tickets for the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival Gala Opening Night at the Hub @ Cillín Hill onThursday, June 2nd featuring Jason Byrne, Al Porter, Jason Manford, Maeve Higgins, Adam Hills, Barry Murphy, Karl Spain and Dom Irrera & The World Premiere of Waterford Whispers News: Live among others available priced €30 on sale from 9amMonday, January 18th. 

Tickets for Reginald D Hunter’s solo show at the Watergate Theatre available priced €28 available from 9am Monday, January 18th all tickets availble from www.thecatlaughs.com

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival runs from Thursday, June 2nd to Monday, June 6th 2016in Kilkenny City, Thomastown and Gowran. The festival is funded by Fáilte Ireland and Kilkenny County Council.

btw Thanks from grintage hq to Sorcha O’Flanagan PR for the heads up!!



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