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Derry Girls star Kevin McAleer: I'm nothing like boring Uncle Colm

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast. Photo by Justin Kernoghan
Actor, writer and comedian Kevin McAleer at the launch of the 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast.
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast. Photo by Justin Kernoghan Actor, writer and comedian Kevin McAleer at the launch of the 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast.

Derry Girls star and comedy legend Kevin McAleer has said that he has to remind fans who approach him when he's out and about that he is not his character, droning Uncle Colm.

He was speaking at the launch of the 20th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (CQAF) programme in Belfast.

"I'm not boring Uncle Colm. A lot of people come up to me and congratulate me on how well I do the boring Uncle Colm character and I have to explain to them that it's acting," McAleer revealed.

The Tyrone comedian will perform two runs of his stand-up show 'Guru' at The Sunflower on May 5 & 7. The gigs are both sold out, but festival director Sean Kelly said he hopes they can work to fit in a third.

Speaking about McAleer, Kelly said: "Kevin has recently found a whole new audience base by being among a number of standout acts in Derry Girls, but to us he's always been our favourite Irish comedian.

"He's now somewhat of a spiritual guru and the highest Lama in Co Tyrone. He's going to help you find your whole again."

The 11-day arts festival will feature over 100 events in more than 20 venues across Cathedral Quarter and beyond as the Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a bumper programme of live music, comedy, literature, theatre, film, visual art and more.

Artist in residence DANI, Rufus Wainwright, Marian Keyes and Phil Taggart are among the star names descending on Belfast between May 2-12.

Representing the Arts Council, Grainne McCann said: "As ever, this year the programme is ambitious, it's eclectic, it's full of surprises and that's really a large part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival every year. You can never really be quite sure what to expect.

"On behalf of the Arts Council, on your 20th birthday, I just want to say that we are very proud to be your principal funder. The CQAF is certainly one of our outstanding festivals of the year. We do recognise how much blood and sweat goes into making a festival programme and making this a great and memorable time in the city and lighting up our days and nights to come."

To see the full line-up and to buy tickets go to www.cqaf.com

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