Best in the west
GALWAY COMEDY FESTIVAL Various venues, Galway, Mar 20-24 www.galway comedyfestival.com www.ticketmaster.ie
Now in its third year, the Galway Comedy Festival has established itself as the ideal boutique-sized festival, with acts and audiences alike commenting on how wellorganised and what downright good fun the four-day event is.
There are very impressive headliners this year in the shape of the delightfully snarly US comic Rich Hall and the always hugely enjoyable English comic Sean Lock. Other established acts include Ed Byrne, Brendon Burns, Phil Jupitus, Andrew Maxwell, Sean Hughes and Simon Munnery. A host of venues around the city throw open their doors for festival shows and there will be appearances also by Eleanor Tiernan, Colin Murphy, the improv players from Whose Line Is It Anyway and Mr Galway comedy himself, Gerry Mallon (above). Tickets are selling out fast so it’s probably best to get booking.