Dara Ó Briain, Nish Kumar, Rose Matafeo and Jena Friedman on 25th festival bill
Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Dara Ó Briain have been announced as part of the line-up for this year’s Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival, over the June bank-holiday weekend.
They will be joined by their fellow Irish comics David O’Doherty, Alison Spittle, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, Neil Delamere, Barry Murphy, Joanne McNally, Colin Murphy and Eleanor Tiernan. International acts include Adam Hills, Nish Kumar, Phill Jupitus, Angela Barnes, Rich Hall, Lou Sanders and Alan Davies. Other notable overseas acts include the Edinburgh Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner Rose Matafeo, the online sensation Mawaan Rizwan and the ever-acerbic Jena Friedman.
The festival, which is marking its 25th anniversary, will also feature a number of one-off events. London’s Soho Theatre will host a night of comedy and cabaret at Langton House Hotel’s Set Theatre; Dreamgun Film Reads will present its irreverent take on Jaws; and The Adam Hills Chat Show will feature the actor Sally Phillips among its special guests.
Founded by Richard Cook, Cat Laughs has been a fixture on the festival calendar since 1995; the actor and comedian Bill Murray helped put it on the map a year later, when he performed at the festival with his brothers Brian and Joel. Since then it has welcomed comedians like Zach Galifianakis, Peter Kay, Bill Bailey, Mitch Hedberg, John Mulaney and George Wendt. Tickets for this year’s shows are on sale now.