Comedy Carnival Galway

The Vodafone Comedy Carnival is the highlight of the West of Ireland’s comedy calendar. The event takes place annually in October throughout many venues in Galway, including Roisin Dubh, Town Hall Theatre, Black Box, The Kings Head, Radisson Blu Hotel, and many more. This year, Comedy Carnival in Galway is taking place from 24th till 30th of October with some of the best comedians you can imagine. Do not miss:

Dara O’Briain is the biggest Irish comic to have hit the UK in recent years. Already a huge star in Ireland where he produced and presented The Panel, Dara moved from being a sold-out festival favourite in Edinburgh to selling out theatres across the UK and mainstream television success.


After a couple of decades bogarting the ‘funniest man in Ireland’ title, Tommy Tiernan remains reluctant to let another comedian within an ass’s roar of it. Tommy returns to Galway with his masterpiece, Under The Influence. This new show is all about the heroism of everyday life and the huge effort it takes just to survive the ordinary.


Reginald Hunter was born and raised in Georgia, one of five children. He is utterly charming and devastatingly funny. This charm hides one of the quickest minds and sharpest tongues in the business. He has lived and worked in the UK since 1997 where he developed a hugely successful career pointing out the sheer oddness of his adopted country.

Dermot and Dave return with their ridiculously funny show, as part of the seemingly never-ending ‘Ah Sure Lookit’ tour. Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore sold out last year’s show in the Spiegeltent in record time. This year, they’ve moved to the bigger Black Box Theatre and plan to beat that record.

Foil, Arms and Hog perform fast-paced gag-filled comedy sketches with a surreal edge. In the past few years they have rocketed to success, reaching cult status amongst comedy goers in Ireland and the UK. They have over fifty million hits on YouTube and count amongst their fans Rowan Atkinson, John Bishop and Tommy Tiernan.


David O’Doherty or ‘The DOD’ as he is wont to call himself, does a fantastic line in self-deprecation. He describes his comedy as ‘Very low energy musical whimsy’ or occasionally as the ‘Ryanair Enya’. None of this is true of course. David has won the highest honour in the comedy world – The if comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. His shows are legendary. Few people can do musical comedy as well as this twinkly eyed Dubliner.

Make sure to grab tickets for the Comedy event of the year and don’t forget to book your bed in the Barnacles Galway! Set in the heart of Galway, you will only be few minute walk from the festival venues, but more importantly, you will be surrounded by quirky shops, great bars, traditional pubs and all the fun of Galway’s Latin Quarter.