AN 81-year-old who has been doing stand-up comedy since she was 71, an author of 15 books, with two masters degree's, who even made Simon Cowell laugh on Britain’s Got Talent, has just been added to the line-up of the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway.
Lynn Ruth Miller, whom The Scotsman called a "rapping, snapping septuagenarian...a poster girl for growing old disgracefully and she looks to be enjoying every second", plays the Róisín Dubh's new weekly comedy night, the Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh on Friday October 23. "Sometimes you get offered an act that is so weirdly wonderful that you just know it belongs in Galway," said festival director Kevin Healy. "Take Lynn Ruth Miller, currently the oldest performing stand-up comedian on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s great to have the big names like Dylan Moran, Nina Conti and Jason Manford but variety is the spice of life."
Also playing the 'Clubh' as part of the comedy carnival is Danish comedian, and winner of the Edinburgh Best Newcomer award, Sofie Hagen on Saturday October 24. Her show, Bubblewrap, garnered five star reviews during a month long Edinburgh run and deals with themes of innocence and coming of age despite a singular devotion to Westlife. The Clubh, hosted by Galway comedian Steve Bennett, runs from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 during the festival.
Humour is often subjective, but by any standard, Soupy Norman is hilarious - as well as surreal, absurdist, and truly brilliant. This redubbed Polish soap opera was a massive cult hit for its co-creator Barry Murphy in 2007 and the Vodafone Comedy Carnival is bringing it back. Barry will introduce all eight, 10-minute episodes upstairs in Róisín on Wednesday Oct 21 at 9pm, as part of the Dominick Street venue's popular ‘I can’t believe you haven’t seen…’ series. Admission is free.
New and up and coming acts will also be seen at the carnival at the Comedy Cocktails night on Tuesday October 20 in the Róisín, with Alison Spittle, Robbie Bonham, Donal Vaughan, John O'Hare, and Declan Brennan.