The Playhouse Big Tickle comedy festival returns!

Posted on: 24th August 2011

The Playhouse Big Tickle comedy festival returns with a bang this September with another outstanding line-up of comedians and comedy events!
The finest of the UK and Ireland's stand up comedians, including, Colin Murphy, David O' Doherty, Jake O' Kane and many more will take to The Playhouse stage, as well as many comedy theatre productions, for an action packed month of farce and fun.
The Hilarious David O'Doherty will start the comedy rolling on Friday September 2. The comedian, writer and 1990 East Leinster under 14s triple jump bronze medalist will return fresh from Edinburgh, where he will perform two shows David O'Doherty is Looking Up and a theatre show about Ireland's sixth or seventh greatest Antarctic explorer, Rory Sheridan's Tales of the Antarctica.
Belfast-based stand-up Jake O'Kane will then bring his confrontational yet intelligent wit to The Big Tickle on Saturday September 3, supported by local talent Micky Bartlett and Ruaidhri Ward.
The local comedy panel show 'The Movie Quiz' returns for another great night of craic on Wednesday September 7. Two teams of the North Wests finest & funniest comedians, including Barry 'The Blender' Henderson, Micky Bartlett, Bobby Best, Ciaran Flanagan and James Lecky of Love The Concept, battle it out in a live podcast recording!
Colin Murphy will then come back to The Playhouse stage on Friday September 9 with his latest collection of observations, frustrations, nonsense and whatever else might happen on the night.
Three Irish comedians will be leading the laughter in an evening with Barry Murphy, Paul Tylak and Jarlath Regan at The Playhouse on Thursday 15th September, 8pm.
The Big Tickle will also include two hilarious comedy theatre shows during the month of September. On Friday September 16, the impeccable one-woman comedy show, ‘Zocorro Rose of Tralee' tells the story of a Spanish testosterone-fuelled Nanny recalling the memorable year she entered the Rose of Tralee, creating the biggest scandal in the history of the competition.
Next on the bill will be some grotesque comedy by award-winning ensemble theatre company Penny Dreadful on Saturday September 17. Audiences are cordially invited to enter the ‘Etherdome'. Take your seats for this darkly funny, true tale of 1850's America, where carnival-sideshows meet live bluegrass... and dentistry!
Other comedy acts throughout the city will also be exercising their funny bones as part of the eclectic and extensive festival, including the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, where acclaimed English comedy company Laughlines will have audiences shedding tears of laughter with their two hilarious shows, ‘School Dinners' and ‘Strictly Come Dancing' on Wednesday and Thursday September 7 and 8. Comedy will also be raising the roof at Masons Comedy Club, where Micky Bartlett will be leading the ever popular open mike night on Thursday 8th Sept, and John Colleary and Fred Cooke will tickle some funny bones on Thursday 8th September.
"The Big Tickle Comedy Festival has been going strong since it first started in 2004, showcasing an eclectic mix of stand up comedians, comedy plays, comedy training, master-classes and exhibitions in venues throughout the city" Áine McCarron, theatre programmer at The Playhouse said.
"And this year's line-up is no different! We still have even more acts to be confirmed for the festival! We are particularly looking forward to Jake O'Kane, who last performed at the festival in 2009, and Penny Dreadful's Etherdome. This unique theatre company love to explore the fascinating true stories of people overlooked by history: the famously forgotten and in this case, famously grotesque!
"Tickets always go fast for the Big Tickle so book now to make sure you and your friends don't miss out on any of the fun!"
Mayor Maurice Devenney said "It's great to see The Big Tickle getting bigger and better every year. We all need a good laugh and the line up for this festival is outstanding, bringing some of the biggest names in comedy to the city while supporting up and coming talent - it's great to see.
"Derry City Council is delighted to support the festival, I wish the organisers the best of luck and congratulate them on their hard work in bringing such a diverse and entertaining programme together."
To find out about all of the fantastic comedy events coming up as part of The Big Tickle click here or call (028)71268027.

Or download the 2011 brochure here

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Big Tickle launch

Mayor Maurice Devenney is tickled at the launch of this year's Big Tickle comedy Festival with the help of Max Beer and Sharon McLennan from The Playhouse and local comedian Peter Davidson, who will be hosting the local comedy panel show 'The Movie Quiz as part of the festival on Wednesday Sept 7.

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