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The Women Of Cat Laughs

The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is fast approaching and we have picked some funny women for you to go see. 

there are some hilarious women perfroming at Cat Laughs this year and we haven’t listed them all. Some others that we definitely recommend are Deirdre O’Kane, Aisling Bea. Joanne McNally, Eleanor Tiernan and Hannah Mamalis to name a few.


YES, maybe you thought she was going on Holiday after the year she’s had?

Well, we hope so, but NOT before she plays at The Cat Laughs this bank holiday weekend!

She came to international attention for her satirical videos, ‘Racist B&B’ ( which earned her the title Satirist of the Year 2013 at the Swift Satire Festival), and ‘Armagayddon’ – co-written with Kevin McGahern.

She has written two satirical books – ‘You’re Grand: the Irishwoman’s Secret Guide to Life’ and ‘Giving Out Yards: the Art of Complaint, Irish Style’ (Hachette Books Ireland).
Tara has worked extensively in Ireland and the UK as an actress in theatre, radio and TV.
Her TV work includes roles in ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’, ‘Line of Duty’, ‘Moone Boy’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’ and’ Hide & Seek’ (directed by Dearbhla Walsh). Tara was also part of the recurring cast on ‘Thank God You’re Here UK’.

She’s performing on Saturday at 18:00 in the Set Theatre along with Beth Stelling, Bernard O’Shea and Abandoman

Saturday 2 June / 18:00 / Langtons Set Theatre
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Comedian, writer and columnist, Maeve Higgins has taken her charm offensive international.

A sparkling stand-up, Maeve has been grabbing attention across the pond ever since moving to New York and launching her breakout podcast ‘Maeve in America’. Lately, seemingly unsated by the prospect of world domination, Maeve has set her focus to the skies as the co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘StarTalk’ on National Geographic.


“Maeve Higgins is hilarious. She is the true Irish voice of our American generation” Amy Schumer

An acclaimed writer, Maeve’s first book for Penguin, also titled ‘Maeve in America’, will be released later in the year. At once smart, curious, and humane, ‘Maeve in America’ is the story of how Maeve found herself, literally and figuratively, in New York City. Like everything Maeve turns her hand to, ‘Maeve In America’ fizzes with the irresistible charm, curiosity and unique wit she’ll bring to Cat Laughs


Alison Spittle is a one of the country’s finest young writers, comedians, podcasters and all round good eggs.

Alison has been a darling of the domestic comedy scene for a few years but her hit RTÉ Two series ‘Nowhere Fast’, introduced a whole new audience to the joys of Spittle. Other television credits include the RTÉ ‘Comedy Bites’ series of sketches and her Guide to Mullingar for the RTÉ series ‘Republic of Telly’.

Alison’s unique pop-culture lexicon and brilliant, hairbrained absurdity have seen her become one of the country’s most potent comedic propositions. Alison’s own podcast, ‘The Alison Spittle Show’, features Alison in conversation with a range of fascinating folks from various walks of life – from comedy to music to politics and activism. Alison’s natural warmth and quick wit has seen her quickly established as one of the country’s finest interviewers. Alison has brought two shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: ‘Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii ‘and ‘Alison Spittle Needs an Agent’ and will be bringing her current show ‘Alison Spittle: Worrier Princess’ to the 2018 festival.

YES, what a star! She, Aisling Bea and Emma Thompson were hanging out recently…

…wearing some GENERALLY AFFIRMATIVE merchandise. You can catch Alison across the weekend including at the ADAM HILLS CHAT SHOW talking about the process of writing her TV Show: Nowhere Fast. Along with fellow comedy writers Kathy Lette and Lise Mayer.




Sara Pascoe is a writer, stand-up comedian and actress.

Sara’s whip-smart, screwball approach to comedy has garnered her praise as a comedy actor, sketch performer, improviser and writer since 2006. She started stand-up comedy in late 2007 and the following year was a runner-up in the Funny Women competition and placed third in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? new act competition.


She also runs her own comedy club, ‘The House of Mirth’, and has brought her charming comedic sensibility to the small screen – having appeared on ‘Campus’, ‘Live At The Apollo’, ‘QI’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, and ‘Mock The Week’ among others.

YES, she’s coming to CAT LAUGHS!

And what’s more, she’s performing in the ALL STAR Opening Night Gala this Thursday alongside Maeve Higgins, Joanne McNally, Alison Spittle… to name but a few of the autonomous citizens you’ll see that night.

“Pascoe’s sharp wit and charming delivery ensure she stands out from the crowd.” The Skinny



One of the most striking emerging talents on the comedy scene, Lauren Pattison is a fresh, fierce and uncompromising voice who is beginning to make her presence known across the country.

A finalist in the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award 2016, Lauren went on to have a storming year which saw her nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe with her critically acclaimed show ‘Lady Muck’.


Spunky, forthright and absolutely filthy – Lauren is on the cusp of announcing herself as the next big thing. This is your chance to catch the bawdy and brilliant Ms Pattison up close and personal.

YES, it’s her Cat Laughs debut

We saw Lauren’s show in Edinburgh last year and we knew we just HAD to get her to Kilkenny. One of the stand-out stand-up comics we saw this year. Then our very good taste was vindicated when she was nominated for the BEST NEWCOMER AWARD at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.





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