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The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Is Coming Back To Galway

Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway is back.

This year’s festival will be taking place over seven days and nights from Tuesday 23rd to Monday 29th of October, 2018. There are over 70+ shows planned and 100’s of the world’s funniest comics lined up for your delight.

They will be announcing the full programme on Thursday, 23rd August.


Change is good.

Some changes are being made behind the scenes too, with  Artist Liaison, Martyne Green, stepping up as Artistic Director.

Martyne has been with the Carnival for many years, first as a visiting agent with numerous comedians and then as Artist Liaison for the last four years.

Having worked in comedy for almost 20 years across the world, in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK and of course here in Ireland, we couldn’t be happier to have her taking the reigns at this year’s Carnival, bringing a fresh eye and new ideas to what is already a great little comedy festival (even if we do say so ourselves!).

And long time company director, Simon Heaslip, is going to assume the role of CEO, overseeing the business behind the festival.

Simon is a co-owner of The Roisin Dubh, The Blue Note Bar and Massimos Bar and has headed up Roisin Dubh Promotions for the last few years, looking after events such as the Galway International Arts Festival Big Top shows and bars, the Galway Oyster Festival bars, Connacht Rugby bars and the Galway Christmas market Bier Keller.

Simon will bring a wealth of organisational experience to the festival and we look forward to him telling us what to do.

He’s not very funny but he’s good with figures and getting out of bed in the morning.


And finally…

…as they say in the best TV shows in America – a word from our sponsors. Gerry Nixon, Sponsorship Manager, Vodafone Ireland said:

“The Vodafone Comedy Carnival has been such a success over the past number of years and we are delighted to be involved once again as part of the Vodafone Centre Stage comedy and entertainment programme. The Comedy Carnival is a highlight of the country’s entertainment calendar and really reflects what Centre Stage is all about, connecting people to things that matter most – friends, fun and laughter. This year will see top class performances from both Irish and international talent and this, teamed with the brilliant atmosphere in Galway city, makes the Vodafone Comedy Carnival is the must attend event of the Autumn.”

Festival dates: Tuesday 23rd to Monday 29th October 2018

Full programme announcement: Thursday 23rd August 2018



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