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Cork Comedy Festival 2017 at Cork Opera House!


 Cork Comedy Festival is back with top Irish and international comedians in venues throughout Cork from 21st – 24th September!

Cork Comedy Festival 2017

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the second installment of Cork Comedy Fest is back with a bang with some 25 gigs scheduled in six venues across Cork city. Here at Cork Opera House, we are delighted to be hosting seven gigs including two children’s shows.


A host of comedy stars will appear in the Rebel City, from September 21st to 24th. Have you taken your pick yet? PJ Gallagher, Neil Delamere, Bernard O’Shea, Deirdre O’Kane, Kevin McAleer, Lords of Strut, Chris Kent, Colin Murphy, Colm O’Regan, Apres Match’s Barry Murphy, Alison Spittle, Karl Spain, Joanne McNally and many more are all set to take to Cork by storm.


Don’t leave the smallies out of the fun. Tickets are already flying for two world-class shows aimed at the young ‘uns but with plenty of laughs for grown ups too. Check out Britain’s Got Talent finalists Lords of Strut who bring their awe-inspiring physical feats to new kids show Absolute Legends to Cork Opera House. And award-winning Aussie Bec Hill and kids comedy supremo Tiernan Douieb deliver top class stand-up minus the rude bits to the next generation in Monster LOLs.  Ages 6+. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Check out the cracker we have lined up for you here at Cork Opera House in what promises to be the biggest laugh-fest of the year!



Culture Night Comedy

6pm, Main Bar

With Cornelius O’Sullivan & Friends

To celebrate Culture Night, Cork Opera House has laid on a free comedy show highlighting Cork’s bright new comedic talents. Join MC Cornelius O’Sullivan of CoCo Comedy Club along with Dawn McDonough, Roger O’Sullivan and the intriguingly monikered Dakota Mick. Free entry but limited capacity.

The Opening Gala

8pm, Main Auditorium

MC Colin Murphy with Alison Spittle, Gearoid Farrelly, Bernard O’Shea, Neil Delamere

Join your MC for the evening, star of RTÉ’s The Panel, Colin Murphy, as he ushers the cream of Irish comedy to the Opera House stage.
A stellar line up sees Alison Spittle, Gearoid Farrelly, Bernard O’Shea and Neil Delamere deliver mirth by the bucketload!

Andrew Ryan – Did You Get Here Alright?

10pm, The Green Room

Andrew is trying to conquer love, life, politics, insecurity, fear, living alone, and all while he is an immigrant in a country where he was recently told to go home.
Andrew has found the answer, it is not what he expected.



Erin McGathy – Murder Town. One Woman Murder Mystery

6pm, The Green Room

Fresh from the Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals, American comedian Erin McGathy is set to wow Leesiders with her one-woman murder mystery set in California’s wine country.
Erin has appeared on Drunk History (Comedy Central), Community (NBC), Harmonquest (Seeso) and is host of This Feels Terrible on the Feral Audio network.


MC Neil Delamere with Eleanor Tiernan, Colm O’Regan, Barry Murphy and PJ Gallagher

8pm, Main Auditorium

A big night out at the Opera House awaits! Irish comedy superstar Neil Delamere hosts a cracker featuring Eleanor Tiernan, Dripsey-native Colm O’Regan (Irish Mammies) and Barry Murphy (Apres Match, Irish Pictorial Weekly).
If you didn’t think you’d have your quota of messin’ with that lot, we’ve convinced PJ Gallagher to lend his unique brand of craic-anarchy. Book now and as a bonus, you can skip the core workout at the gym this weekend. You’re welcome.



Comedy for Kids – Monster LOLs with Bec Hill & Tiernan Douieb

3pm, Stage Left

“Do penguins have knees?” “What do you call a fly with no wings?” “Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?” All of these important questions will definitely NOT be answered at Monster LOLs.
A top notch comedy hour for children, mams, dads, friends, grandparents and anyone else who loves a giggle without the rude bits.

Ages 6-10.
Co-Presented with Collapsing Horse.


Comedy for Kids – Lords of Strut

5pm, Stage Left

Absolute Legends – Lords of Strut

All their lives they wanted to be famous. To get there they need to make the perfect dance routine and they need your help. In this dance fantasy adventure brothers Sean and Seamus rock out some banging moves, run into trouble, have a few tantrums, cause a teensy bit of mayhem and find out if fame is really what they’re looking for after all. Street Performance World Champions, unlikely heroes of Dublin Fringe smash hit RIOT and Britain’s Got Talent favourites, LORDS OF STRUT deliver their most ridiculous and sublime family show to date. Riproaringly funny, fantastically bizarre and Absolute Legends!

Age 6+.
Contains use of strobe lighting and smoke machines.


MC Andrew Stanley, with Bec Hill, Chris Kent, Ian Coppinger and Kevin McAleer

8pm, Main Auditorium

Andrew Stanley (RTE’s I Dare Ya) steps up to the mic with a beaut of a line up including Corkonian Chris Kent; cult Aussie delight Bec Hill; improv archmaester Ian Coppinger; and the singular Kevin McAleer a.k.a Tyrone’s leading Zen Buddhist saint. An embarrassment of comedy riches.


All tickets on sale now!