Paul Currie for the Comedy KARLnival

Belfast absurdist returns to Galway ahead of Vodafone Clomedy Carnival appearance

Paul Currie.

Paul Currie.

PAUL CURRIE is no stranger to Galway and will be playing the Vodafone Comedy Carnival later this month, but when a comedian is as good and original as Currie is, then seeing him once is not enough.

Ahead of his Comedy Carnival show, Currie will headline the next Comedy KARLnival at the Róisín Dubh on Tuesday October 16 at 8pm. Currie is an absurdist, and the silliness and anarchic disregard for social convention that absurdist comedy trades on is something native to children, but is often absent in adults.

"It’s native to humans, but adults suppress it,” says Currie. “We as a society are brainwashed. That’s a strong word and it’s bandied about a lot. But it is true — we are suppressed by social conditioning as adults: ‘Forget about that silly, absurdist part of the brain.' That’s what I really try to do with my stand-up — bring that out in adults and ask them to drop those barriers.”

Also playing is County Down comic Richie Bree. He also reached the semi-final of So You Think You're Funny? and won the first Ireland's got Comedy Talent competition in the Laughter Lounge. Support is from Colm McGlinchey of the Dublin's iconic The Comedy Crunch. He has performed across Britain and Ireland including the Edinburgh Fringe with his one man shows Me My Selfish Self and The Nature of the Beast.

The MC is Karl Spain. Tickets are €6 in advance from Róisín Dubh; www.roisindubh.net; or [email protected], Shop Street; or €8 at door.

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