LAUGHTER IS of utmost importance right now with everything so serious and scary, and we need some levity and perspective - even if only for a second, even if the laughs turn to tears because we just need some sort of release.
Sharing a joke or a comedy video clip with someone can really brighten their day, and thanks to the good people at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, you can do just that. The festival has uploaded four hours of footage from last year's event - arguably the best Carnival to date - to its YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRLpcVKAucOkC_tQb4C_kTQ/videos
There are four hours of footage, enough for a laugh every day
From the comfort of your own home you can enjoy quality stand-up from Andrew Maxwell, Terry Alderton, Seann Walsh, Tom O'Mahony, Jo Caulfield, Stephen Ryan, Micky Bartlett, Danny O'Brien, Colin Geddis, Enya Martin, Edwin Sammon, and Reginald D Hunter, among others.
Uploading the footage from 2019's carnival was a good idea as a resource for people to tune into, and maybe feel like they are out for the night and enjoying a gig. OK, it will not feel like a gig, nothing beats live comedy, but yes, these curated clips mean people can see a snippet from a comedian, and here at the Advertiser, we are making a list of comedians we would like to see on the other side of the lockdown.
There are four hours of footage, enough for a laugh every day, but, if you want a place to start, we recommend these three highlights to get you laughing, and get you ready for more:
Micky Bartlett, the cuddliest Nordie in the business, with spectacular observational comedy:
Stephen Ryan, with his really deliberate, character comedy. Not enough people do that:
Sharon Mannion, who is like the hilarious aunt who makes you spit out your food at the dinner party, while your mum rolls her eyes pretending not to laugh: