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Queen's has last laugh as comedy club to close after 25 years


Ardal O’Hanlon on stage at Queen’s Comedy Club

Ardal O’Hanlon on stage at Queen’s Comedy Club

Ardal O’Hanlon on stage at Queen’s Comedy Club

A comedy club in Belfast that has hosted most of the biggest names in stand-up for 25 years is to have its last laugh next March.

But rather than go out quietly, Queen's Comedy will be bringing some of its favourite acts from throughout the years back, as well as some new faces.

Resident compere Colin Murphy said: "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."

Murphy added "everyone who is anyone in the last 25 years of comedy has played at Queen's".

The big names have included: 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 and Reginald D Hunter.

"But after 25 years this will be our last season," said Murphy.

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"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."

Promoter Donal McGilloway said he thought it was a good milestone to bow out on.

"There aren't many comedy clubs that make it to 25, so we've been very lucky to get this far," he said.

"What we've always tried to do at the club is book the acts that make us laugh.

"That's why, for the final 10 shows, we decided to invite some of the acts from our personal highlights throughout the club's history."

The first five shows of the final run have been announced and they kick off this Wednesday with Carl Donnelly. Other notable headliners include O'Hanlon, Rob Rouse, Mike Wilmot and John Lynn.

The final show will be on March 7.

Meanwhile, Belfast Comedy Festival has announced 52 events in 20 venues across the city from October 2-8. Critically acclaimed comedians such as Bishop, Rubberbandits, Henning Wehn, Joel Dommett, Tim McGarry, Fern Brady and Bec Hill are set to appear.

  • More information is available at belfastcomedyfestival.com

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