Comedy fest shows not to miss

TWO SHOWS not to miss at this year’s Galway Comedy Festival are the Mad Hatters Tea Party and Gunther’s Sunday Roast, featuring an eclectic, eccentric array of comics.

Hosted by New Zealand born Galway based comic and Come Dine With Me Ireland winner Danny Dowling, The Mad Hatters Tea Party takes place in Kelly’s, Bridge Street, on Thursday October 24 at 8pm.

The line-up Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III, a heavy metal, Tennessee trailer-trash TV evangelist, and fire and brimstone Christian holy man, the leather clad preacher has nonetheless been barred from most places of worship.

Joining him will be Frank Sanazi, who combines elements of Frank Sinatra, Adolf Hitler, and Las Vegas schmaltz. Expect a cabaret concert of controversial laughs.

Completing the bill is Paul Currie whose high energy act has been called “beautifully crafted, committed, and exciting silliness” (Culture NI ) and “extra original...the Monty Python version of stand-up comedy” (FringeGuru.com ).

Gunther’s Sunday Roast brings Barry Murphy’s brilliant alter-ego, the condescending and arrogant Gunther back to Galway for a another round of insulting (and highlighting ) the (absurdities ) of Irish society.

The show takes place in Kelly’s on Friday 25 at 8pm. Joining Gunther will be a great line-up of Irish comedians - Kevin Gildea, Ian Coppinger, Karl Spain, and Danny Dowling.

Tickets for the above shows are available through www.bulmersgalwaycomedyfestival.com and the festival box office in the Róisín Dubh (open 12 noon to 7pm ).

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