Yearning for a career where men want to be you and women want to have sex with you, Steve Hughes spent his formative years in Australia as heavy metal drummer. Steve is now widely regarded as one of the most esteemed and exciting stand ups in the world. A chain smoking, beer swilling, plain talking Australian, Steve's comfortable operating in the realms of such familiar subjects as drugs, sex, and pornos but his real passion is the topical, political and intellectual – delivered in a frequently provocative manner. Operating on many levels, Steve's eloquently argued points are always passionate and delivered with blistering conviction. STEVE HUGHES: ARE YOU SERIOUS? Returning to Ireland with his first full length show in six years, Australian comedy legend Steve Hughes is known the world over for his hard hitting, take no prisoners stand up. Internationally renowned as a comedy powerhouse, Steve has spent the past 5 years confronting his demons, recovering from a crippling breakdown and severe depression. He’s lucky to be alive, let alone funny. But when your life turns to hell there has to be a few laughs in there somewhere. Having been to the abyss, Steve now returns better – and more lucid than ever before. Join him as he offers a hilarious ride through the dark night of the soul and presents his insightful interpretation of an insane world. Free-thinking, intelligent, opinionated; this is Steve doing what he’s always done best; making the uncomfortable acceptable and the horrifying hilarious. “Intelligent, provocative, profound, and topped off with good, solid gags. See him while it’s still legal” - ChortleBUY NOW
Last seen on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Andrew Maxwell is also the very recognisable voice of MTV’s hit show "Ex on the Beach" (now on series 11), and on BBC Radio 4 as the host of Andrew Maxwell’s Public Enemies and as a regular on R4’s News Quiz. He also won Celebrity Mastermind with the specialist subject of Lebanon (which he knew nothing about 6 months before the recording). "…a master-class in mirth. Sublime timing, relaxed delivery style, killer punch-lines: the holy trinity of stand-up are all present and correct. Go see a craftsman at work” - HeraldBUY NOW
Kevin McAleer has been voted 'World's Humblest Guru' by the readers of Truth Magazine for a record eighteenth year in a row. It's been almost twenty years since Guru McAleer first coined the word 'mindfulness', and he is still coining it today. As seen on Derry Girls, come see the man Stewart Lee described as “The most naturally funny person alive”. "A poetry of cracked nonsense” - The ScotsmanBUY NOW
Enya is a comedian and creator of the “Giz a Laugh” Facebook page. A Dublin native and former marketing executive, Enya has successfully made the transition from writing and creating hugely popular online videos to knocking them dead on the live comedy circuit . After over 60 million online views, Enya's first comedy sketch show “Giz a Laugh Live” sold out Vicar Street for three nights. Her stand-up comedy features Enya's sharp eyed observations from her madcap life. “A rising star of Irish comedy with legions of fans online” - The Business PostBUY NOW
Owen Colgan, the Irish cult comedy hero is best known for his role as Buzz McDonnell from Hardy Bucks. He has starred in 4 successful seasons which aired on Ireland's national broadcaster RTE, as well as appearing in the smash hit "The Hardy Bucks Movie" - produced by Universal Studios and hailed by the media as 'the Irish Hangover'. Owen Colgan has been on a steady rise since launching his stand up career, leaving a trail of sold out shows behind him. OWEN COLGAN: STILL ALIVE Owen Colgan is back with a brand new show 'Still Alive', on the Friday and Saturday of #GCF21 This upcoming show is a deep look inside the world of an actor and performer who's outlook on life has changed since the cruel virus arrived on this planet. Expect a few guests as Owen Colgan hopes to see people's faces in the flesh very soon.BUY NOW
Barry Murphy is Ireland’s undisputed Comedy Don. He founded the country’s longest running comedy club, The Comedy Cellar in 1989. Barry has been a writer or performer or both on practically all critically acclaimed home-grown comedy for several decades. His list of credits include The End, Father Ted, Soupy Norman, Stand and Deliver, Irish Pictorial Weekly and of course Après Match. “The godfather of Irish comedy” – Irish TimesBUY NOW
Karl Spain has been in stand-up comedy for over twenty years. Last seen on telly hosting Laughter In The Eyre filmed at Galway Comedy Festival in 2019, Karl is probably best known in Ireland for losing a few ounces on Celebrity Operation Transformation, and his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman in which he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman. As well as being a regular at Róisín Dubh, Galway Comedy Festival, Vodafone Comedy Festival Dublin, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montréal Just for Laughs, Karl was a resident writer for Republic of Telly and still is for countless other comedians. “Achingly funny” - The Sunday Times Late Night KARLnival Karl Spain hosted one of the biggest hits of the festival over the last four years with Late Night Karlnival. This clunkily titled show is jammed every night as people come to see the very best comedians perform their very darkest material. This one always fills up quickly and is not for the faint-hearted. The lineups are on a need to know basis until fully confirmed but you will see some of the biggest names of the festival pop in to have the craic, get a bit rowdy and slag the hell out of each other. "Sometimes in live comedy, it’s the unexpected that can create the biggest laugh, and if you want to see top class international acts go off script a little, this is the show for you" - Galway AdvertiserBUY NOW
This year’s festival has been made possible thanks to the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Catherine Martin T.D., and Galway City Council’s marketing fund.
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