George Firehorse

Featuring almost 50 shows with over 150 performers in 27 packed venues across the city, the 2013 Belfast Comedy Festival 'Belly Laughs' (which took place from 25th September to 6th October) was an uproarious success. The acts binomo for pc ranged from stars like Stewart Lee, Ruby Wax, Adam Hills, Phill Jupitus and Ardal O'Hanlon through well established acts like Abandoman, Jake O'Kane and Paul Currie to the brightest of upcoming comic talent. 

It wasn’t just about stand-up, though – the festival featured a diverse range of events including comedy bus tours, musical cabaret, sketch shows, improv, cartooning, comedy poetry, music hall seminars, storytelling, comedy writing workshops, kids events, silent comedy films – something for absolutely everyone who likes a laugh.

We’re already planning more belly laughs for 2014, with the festival planned for 25 September – 5 October 2014. Click the link below to sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you bang up to date with advance announcements – and plenty of other info on local comedy


What the press said

“Here’s a festival to put a smile on your face. The range of shows is staggering, considering the organisation is new and mostly funded by sales of tickets. There is something for everyone…….” Nuala McKeever, Belfast Telegraph. 2 September 2013.

"Belly Laughs 2013 is back for a second year and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before with an all star comedy line-up.” Belfast Telegraph. 21 September 2013.

“ Bel-fest serves up comic gold. It might only be in its second year but Belfast’s Belly Laughs comedy festival has put together a formidable programme of events…..”. Brian Campbell. Irish News. 26 September 2013.