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09th Jun 2016

The line-up for this year’s Vodafone Comedy Festival has been released and it’s a belter

Eric Lalor

Always an amazing weekend in the Iveagh Gardens.

Comedy is thriving in the US with the current ‘Second Comedy Boom’ and we have an amazing selection of acts including Joe DeRosa (Better Call Saul), Dan Soder (Billions, Inside Amy Schumer), Sasheer Zamata (SNL & ACLU’s Celebrity Ambassador for Women’s Rights), Chris Gethard (Broad City, The Chris Gethard Show), Annie Lederman (MTV’s Girl Code) and Rory Scovel who recently finished shooting the feature film The House alongside Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Comedian Dan Soder attends "Comedy Central's Stars Under the Stars" after party at The Empire Hotel Rooftop on June 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

We also have Jake & Amir’s Podcast (College Humour), Kate Berlant (Netflix Presents: The Characters), Alex Edelman (winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for best Newcomer in 2015) as well as Leonard Ouzts, Jay Larson, Ian Edwards, Liza Treyger and of course our very own adopted sons Aidan Bishop, who will host The International Comedy Club, and Des Bishop who is returning from New York to perform at this year’s festival.


UK festival favourites Milton Jones, Adam Buxton with his amazing Bug: David Bowie Special and Sara Pascoe (hot on the back of her new book ‘Animal: The Autobiography of a female body’) return along with Canadians Tom Stade & Stewart Francis, Australian’s Felicity Ward and Sammy J & Randy, Sophie Hagen from Denmark and Marcel Lucont from France.

As always, this year’s line-up brings together & celebrates the amazing array of Irish comedy talent including established acts like David O’Doherty, Al Porter, Apres Match, Deirdre O’Kane, Maeve Higgins, PJ Gallagher, Foil Arms & Hog, Jason Byrne, Aisling Bea, Eleanor Tiernan and Neil Delamere as well as rising stars like Abandoman, Andrea Farrell, Davey Reilly, Danny O’Brien, Alison Spittle and Joanne McNally.


Festival Director, Bren Berry, Aiken Promotions said, “We are delighted to continue our tradition of bringing exciting international talent to the Iveagh Gardens for this our 10th year but most exciting of all is the continued development of amazing talent here in Ireland. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with this superb pool of artists. In recognition of that, The Vodafone Laughter Lab will host many of the grass-roots Comedy Clubs from around the city which are the lifeblood of the Irish comedy scene.”

For full details of the Vodafone Comedy Festival Line-up and programme information click here.

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