Milton Jones ‘Ha!milton’

This is not a musical. Milton Jones is tone deaf and has no sense of rhythm, but at least he doesn’t make a song and dance about it.

He has more important things to discuss. Like giraffes…and there’s a bit about tomatoes.

You might know him from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or Radio 4. Or that time he stood for the Scottish National Party, fought a hard campaign, but in the end had to respect the wishes of the people of Cardiff.

A whole new show of daftness. You know it makes sense.

WARNING – contains jokes from the start.


Katherine Ryan – BattleAxe

Star of UKTV’s hugely popular new series Parental Guidance as well as Comedy Central’s upcoming Out of Order with Rosie Jones and Judi Love, TV’s beloved Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show, Battleaxe, which will embark on a major Irish, UK and European tour in 2024.

Katherine is the creator and Star of Netflix’s smash hit The Duchess along with two global Netflix comedy specials: In Trouble and Glitter Room as well as 2022’s Missus on Sky / Now TV. She also hosted Backstage With Katherine Ryan for Amazon Prime and starred in Sky’s Romantic Getaway with Romesh Ranganathan. Get your tickets to see a true masterclass in how to enter your Battleaxe era.

Jimmy Carr – Laughs Funny

Jimmy Carr returns to Cork Opera House with his brand-new show Laughs Funny.

Jimmy tells jokes, and jokes are like magnets.
Jokes attract people, but they can also repel.
Some people are repelled by Jimmy’s dark brand of comedy. This show is not for them.
But if it’s the kind of thing you like, then this is the kind of thing you’ll like.

Laughs Funny will be 90 minutes of solid jokes, no interval.
There will be two shows a night, starting at 7pm and 9.30pm.

Rhod Gilbert – The Giant Grapefruit

In his last show ‘The Book of John’, Rhod was dealing with some pretty pungent life citrus, and an idiot called John. Little did he know that things were about to turn even more sour…

But Rhod’s not bitter; he’s bouncing back and feeling remarkably zesty.

Hilariously dark, passionate and way too personal, this is classic Gilbert, squeezing every last drop out of life’s latest curveballs…with a little help from an old adversary.

The Improv Panto


The Improv Panto makes a welcome return to Cork Opera House this December, celebrating over a decade of bringing the laughs during our festive season.

What’s become an annual tradition for many, the much-loved Improv Panto is a recipe for chaos, craic, on-the-spot songs, insane dialogue and laughter. Ideal for Christmas and Office parties – this is panto as you’ve truly
never seen it before.

Silly Season wouldn’t be Silly Season without a trip to The Improv Panto!

LIVE musicians, LIVE laughter, LIVE chaos!


Pat and Faye Shortt – Knuckle Down!

Pat and Faye Shortt return to Cork Opera House with their new show “Knuckle Down”. After their sell out tour of “Well”, a collection of mad characters that won over audiences in venues throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. This father and daughter comedy duo have come together once again and are selling out venues across the country with their new show “Knuckle Down”.

“Knuckle Down” shows off the incredible talent of these two performers, as they glide seamlessly from stand up to hilarious characterisation of everyday Irish people. They have the genius of taking everyday ordinary situations and making us laugh at the mundane. Previously described as being indigenously Irish in their approach and observation of characters. The new show “Knuckle Down” doesn’t disappoint.

Characters such as “Michael” (Pat Shortt) the hapless builder (Followed weekly on Tik Tok, X, Insta and Facebook by hundreds of thousands) seems to have the answer to all things that are wrong in the world and shares the advice gifted to him by his late grandmother from Tipperary. Another outrageous character is the “mother of the child” (Faye Shortt) at the school railings waiting to pick up her child PJ, it’s not like her at all to talk bad about anyone but she just can’t help herself, sharing her views on the school principal and her tummy tucking friend back from Turkey.

The sharp wit and physical comedy genius of this comedic duo will have you in pain with laughter.

Kevin Bridges – The Overdue Catch Up

Following on from his 2022 sell out UK and Ireland tour, Kevin Bridges is thrilled to visit Cork Opera House this Autumn to film his stand-up special in front of a spectacular live audience. Kevin will be performing his critically acclaimed live show The Overdue Catch-Up for three special nights on Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September 2023.

Please note: These shows will be filmed and released later this year.

The age for this show is STRICTLY 14+

‘The Overdue Catch-Up’ welcomes audiences in to the mind of one of the sharpest comedy talents the UK has to offer. With a career spanning an incredible 18 years, Kevin Bridges already has the life experience of a man twice his age, helping him to hit the nail on the head with his shrewd outlook on the modern world.

Don’t miss the chance to catch one of the most astute observational comedians at the top of his game.

Sarah Millican – Late Bloomer

When Sarah Millican was a bairn, she wouldn’t say boo to a goose. Quiet at school, not many friends, no boobs until she was 16.

Now? NOW she is loud, with good friends, a cracking rack and goose booing all over the shop. In Late Bloomer, Sarah’s brand-new stand-up show, she explores how one became the other.

Kyla Cobbler

Kyla Cobbler is one of Ireland’s funniest emerging comedic talents. The Ballincollig native, who posts hilarious stories about her life in Barcelona to her 54k strong audience on Instagram, returns to Cork Opera House after a sell-out debut in 2024.

Kyla brings freshness to the scene with her undeniable talent and immediate connection to the different crowds in Europe’s different show cases. Her honest, blunt and deep storytelling comedic style has made her one of the European scenes favourites. On her recent trip home to Cork, her shows sold out in 12 minutes – so be sure not to miss this one!