For something a bit different why not head to Galway this upcoming bank holiday weekend for a fun filled six days of great comedy with the Bulmers Galway Comedy Festival. Throughout the 6 days and 50 comedy shows running from Wednesday October 24th to October 29th Bank Holiday Monday expect to see such headlining acts of the calibre of Tommy Tiernan, Des Bishop, Pat Shortt, Ardal O’Hanlon of Fr Ted fame, Jason Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, and the Rubberbandits. Other guests to take note will well known international acts Rich Hall and Reginald D. Hunger of the US and Britains Phil Jupitus who will bring their international talent to the festival alongside many lesser known local acts including Danny Dowling and John Donnellan. Whilst long-term Galway resident Tommy Tiernan is planning an extra special comedy showing this year playing in six shows at six different venues on what’s described as a Six and The City tour.
Alongside top notch shows from a collection of well known and lesser known standup comedians are a number of entertaining comedy showcases and events which will push the boundaries of peoples expectations of stand-up comedy. One of the highlights of which is the Faulty Towers Dining Experience. Taking the cult 70’s comedy of the same name as its basis and recreating the experience for the modern day you can pretend to be a guest at Faulty Towers and be served a shambolic meal by a manic hotel owner (Basil), his condescending wife (Sybil), and their hopeless Spanish waiter (Manuel).
The show, which takes place over three nights at the Menlo Park Hotel, involves a three-course meal out in which anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Here punters will actually pay good money for poor service, cold food, and to be the butt of incredible banter from three characters based on Basil Faulty his wife Sybil and their Spanish waiter Manuel from on the hugely popular television show.
The Faulty Towers Dining Experience which enjoyed a magnificent run of sell-out dates at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival in August is just one of the zany shows on offer over six days of non -stop comedy entertainment. The calibre of this show along with the roll call of comedians present highlights the growth of this Galway festival. From its humble origins in Easter 2005, complicated due to the ‘no drink on Good Friday’ legislation, to becoming one of the most important dates on the European comedy circuit since its switch to the October Bank Holiday weekend slot three years ago, the Bulmers Galway Comedy Festival is now one of Irelands key comedy festivals and is one of many festivals and events to entertain this upcoming bank holiday weekend. Planning Ireland vacations in and around the festival are a must.