Continuing to grow from strength to strength, this year’s Belly Laughs Festival sees a whole heap of new venues, some hilarious stand-up comedy, bus tours and a dash of comic theatre, to add to the bargain.  Set up by a group of comedy enthusia… Read More

Belly Laughs 2013 is happy to oblige either way! Ruby Wax, Adam Hills, Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon and Phill Jupitus are amongst the headliners at Belfast Comedy Festival this year. A 12 day comic convulsion is set to pulse through the city as … Read More

OK, I admit we now have quite a few festivals in our cultural calendar but, if you’re like me and remember the bad old days when Belfast was a wasteland for entertainment, then surely there’s room for a dedicated festival devoted to humour in … Read More

The Solid Man – The Life and Times of Willie John Ashcroft (1840-1918) Now largely forgotten, the story of William John Ashcroft is worth recalling in the history of comedy in Northern Ireland. Ashcroft was the outstanding ‘Irish’ c… Read More

Seminar Report Laughing Away Our Troubles? The Relationship between Comedy and Conflict in Northern Ireland 5 October 2012, Linen Hall Library, Belfast Speakers: Peter O’Neill, Belly Laughs Festival Director; Tim McGarry, Comedian and Writer; D… Read More

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