The Cat Laughs comedy festival prepares for a belter of a June bank holiday

Kilkenny is gearing up for a cracker of a bank holiday weekend when The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival returns with a world-class comedy programme, taking place across the city from Thursday May 31 – Monday June 4.

Kilkenny is gearing up for a cracker of a bank holiday weekend when The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival returns with a world-class comedy programme, taking place across the city from Thursday May 31 – Monday June 4.

This year’s line-up sees the return of our top resident funny folk together with a collection of internationally renowned comics from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Ever mindful of audience’s purse strings, the festival has substantially reduced ticket prices so everyone can enjoy more comedy for less. Tickets are on sale now at www.thecatlaughs.com

Highlights this year include the debut performance from comedy’s much loved grump, Jack Dee. Famous for his surly expression and sardonic humour this grouchy, deadpan comic genius is sure to be a highlight of this year’s programme. Another exciting debut is Al Murray. The UK’s favourite ‘Pub Landlord’ will serve up his premiere brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room banter. Simon Amstell will also make a welcome return to Kilkenny this year which his new show Numb.

And of course our local Irish talent will be out in force again this year, headed up by Irish-American comedian Des Bishop. Jason Byrne is back with a bang! Offaly’s finest and master of off-the-cuff delivery, Neil Delamere makes a welcome return to the Marble city alongside Colin Murphy who will add his distinct fusion of topical satire and acute observational material to the mix. Other household favourites flying the flag for Ireland are Barry Murphy, Karl Spain, Chris Kent, Fred Cooke, Colm O’Regan, and Gearoid Farrelly.