Gráinne Ní Ghréacháin, Editor.
After 25 years in the business, Belfast’s longest running comedy club has made the decision to end the laughter and close the show. In typical stand-up fashion, its members will not be going out without a bang.
It is set that the final farewell will take place on Wednesday the 7th of March, 2018. This last show will feature a mixture of the new as well as old favourites who will be sure to draw the crowd in and have them laughing in no time.
The club which was formed in February 1992, by a young Colin Murphy performing for the first time, was home to major comedians’ famous throughout Ireland as well as around the globe such as Peter Kay and Dylan Moran.
Resident compere Colin Murphy said “Most people start comedy by doing a thing called an open spot, a short five or seven-minute set. My first gig was as compere at a Queen’s Uni comedy night 25 years ago and I’ve been there every year since. Whether they knew it at the time or not, audiences at Queen’s Comedy Club have been treated to the best acts anywhere, maybe not always the MC, but definitely the best acts.”
“Everyone who is anyone in the last twenty-five years of comedy has played at Queen’s. Al Murray, Dylan Moran, Peter Kay, Corky and the Juice Pigs, Sarah Millican, Richard Ayoade, Kevin Bridges, Nina Conti, Phill Jupitus, Jenny Eclair, Ed Byrne, Adam Hills, Alan Carr, John Bishop, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne, Andrew Maxwell, David O’Doherty, John Richardson, Joe Lycett, Aisling Bea, Ardal O’Hanlon, Tommy Tiernan, Sara Pascoe, Zoe Lyons, Reg D Hunter, just a few genius acts who’ve played there.”
“But after 25 years this will be our last season. It has been a great run. Mostly funny, sometimes tough, sometimes glorious, at times outrageous. It’s been a privilege to have been part of so many students’ college days.”
Promotor Donal McGilloway said “We thought this was a good milestone to bow out. There aren’t many comedy clubs that make it to 25, so we’ve been very lucky to get this far. What we’ve always tried to do at the club, is book the acts that make us laugh. That’s why for the final ten shows, we decided to invite some of the acts from our personal highlights throughout the club’s history.”
Beginning on the 27th of September, the first five shows have been announced. The lineup includes stars such as Ardal O’Hanlon, Rob Rouse, Mike Wilmot and John Lynn.
Wednesday 27th September
Carl Donnelly, Steve Bennett and Colin Murphy.
Wednesday 11th October
John Lynn, Mary Flanigan and Colin Murphy.
Wednesday 25th October
Mike Wilmot, Terry McHugh and Colin Murphy.
Wednesday 8th November
Rob Rouse, Laura Byrne and Colin Murphy.
Wednesday 22nd November
Ardal O’Hanlon, Joanne McNally and Colin Murphy.
Queen’s Comedy Club returns fortnightly to the Mandela Hall on Wednesday 27th of September for ten shows. Tickets from £6 (27th Sept / 11th Oct / 25th Oct / 8th Nov) / £10 (22nd Nov) and on sale from qub.glistrr.com.
Check out www.queenscomedyclub.com or www.mandelahall.com for more details.