Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom

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ANDREW MAXWELL: BANANA KINGDOM
Thursday 27th March 2014
Mandela Hall, QUBSU

Tickets £15 / £10 (Student). Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm.

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We’re delighted to announce that double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (2007 & 2011) Andrew Maxwell is back in Belfast on Thursday 27th of March with a brand new show.

Packed full of fearlessly intelligent topical observations, delivered in his animated and inclusive style, ‘Banana Kingdom’ recently completed a sell-out run in one of the Edinburgh Fringe’s biggest venues (playing to over 10,000 people) and a hit run in London’s Soho Theatre.

Andrew has sold out every Edinburgh run since 2005, playing to over 70,000 comedy fans in that festival alone. A familiar face on our TV screens, you’ve seen him star on The Panel (RTE) One Night Stand (Dave), Monumental , Conspiracy Roadtrip and Live at the Apollo (BBC), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky) and Celebrity Juice (ITV2).

“One of the most significant comedians working in the country today.” 
Independent

Chortle Student Awards 2014

Wednesday 12th March
Chortle Student Comedy Award
Micky Bartlett
Compere: Colin Murphy

Queen’s Comedy Club, Mandela Hall
Tickets: £5 Doors: 9.00pm

Full list of competitors: Alan Irwin, Viorel Vlad, Brendan Breslin, Luke McGibbon, James Fretwell, Matthew Collins, Jason McCullough and Aaron McCann.

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a heat of this years Chortle Student Comedy Awards!

Again backed by ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Universal Pictures (UK), the competition comes with a top prize of £2,000 – as well as an invaluable leg up the comedy ladder.

Previous winners and finalists have included Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Tom Deacon, Joe Lycett, Adam Hess, Nathan Caton and Lloyd Langford.

Heats this year kick off in the University of Bristol Union on February 20. The final will again be held during the Edinburgh Fringe, with many of the finalists showcasing their routines at the Latitude festival in July. Click here for the full list of heats

Chortle editor Steve Bennett said: ‘We’ve found some amazing comedy talent over the past decade of this competition – and are really looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring. Student comedy is surprisingly professional, with a wealth of creative comedians in a whole range of styles, and it’s great to see stars of the future so early in their careers.’

ALCATEL ONETOUCH UK head of marketing for UK & Ireland, Tracey Hudson said: ‘We are delighted to be involved with this major hunt for new comedy stars, for a second year running. Last year, we were impressed by the variety of talent on display from these up-and-coming stars and can’t wait to see what the class of 2014 has to offer.’

Universal’s managing director Ian Foster added: ‘Universal Pictures UK is pleased to continue to support Chortle in their search for the newest upcoming talent.’

Entrants must be over 18 and in full-time tertiary education with five minutes of original material. Click here to apply and here to read the rules and full terms and conditions.

Wednesday 5th March

Wednesday 5th March
Mick Ferry
Mike McGoldrick (Shane Todd)
Terry Keyes
Colin Murphy

Queen’s Comedy Club, Mandela Hall
Tickets: £5 Doors: 9.00pm

Mick Ferry

Mick Ferry is renowned as a fine purveyor of lugubrious surrealism and has quickly established himself as one of the most sought after comics on the British and International comedy circuit. One of the finest comperes around, Mick Ferry performs regularly at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester as well as headlining at comedy venues nationwide. He is also a regular member of the prestigious topical Cutting Edge Team at the Comedy Store.

“AS GOOD AS IT GETS…HIGHLY ORIGINAL AND HILARIOUS” – Big Issue

“PERFORMS WITH STYLE AND CONVICTION…HIGHLY ENJOYABLE” – Chortle

Mike McGoldrick (Shane Todd)

Rugby Nut, Gym Frequenter and Raconteur- Mike McGoldrick has become a firm fixture on the NI social scene with his YouTube videos and “outstanding Twitter banter”. Expect tales from local celeb soirées, nights in exclusive clubs and general hilarity from the ex/future Ulster Rugby ace. Mike will also share extracts from his forthcoming autobiography ‘Scrum Here Often?’.

Terry Keyes

The most honest man in Comedy. Original resident MC at award winning Daly’s comedy club. Warm and engaging style drawing from a life less ordinary. A specialist in turning frowns up-side down. 2009 joint winner of BBC ‘Find me the funny’.

Wednesday 19th February 2014

Wednesday 19th February
Carl Donnelly
Ronan Linskey
Colin Murphy

Queen’s Comedy Club, Mandela Hall
Tickets: £5 Doors: 9.00pm

Carl Donnelly

Join Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly (who you may have seen on such shows as Mock The Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and Dave’s One Night Stand) for hilarious anecdotes and observations on the current state of affairs and his plans on how we should be dealing with it. No gimmicks, just ‘Gripping, unmissable stand-up’ (Guardian). Come on down! ‘Impossibly effortless’ (Fest), ‘This degree of innate comic talent is a rare and beautiful thing. Not to be missed’ (BroadwayBaby.com).

Ronan Linskey

Ronan has been performing stand-up for three years now and has supported such luminaries as Tony Law, Isy Suttie & Henning Wehn. He’s gigged across the UK & Ireland, in clubs such as The Stand, Josie Long’s ‘Lost Treasures of the Black Heart’, Bec Hill’s ‘Pun Run’, Daly’s Comedy Club, The Comedy Crunch Dublin, Queen’s Comedy Club, and the Black Box, to name more than is interesting to read. He performed an hour show in the first Belly Laugh’s Belfast Comedy Festival & 10 Days in Dublin. He hopes to have enough money, ambition, drive, physical & mental health to take this show to Edinburgh Fringe this Summer.

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Wednesday 12th February
Karl Spain
Colin Geddis
Sean Nolan
Colin Murphy

Queen’s Comedy Club, Mandela Hall
Tickets: £5 Doors: 9.00pm

Karl Spain

Karl recently celebrated ten years in Stand Up comedy, but is probably best known in Ireland for his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman which was a huge success in that he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman. In 2009 he filmed Karl Spain Wants to Rock but did not get a woman from that show. Apart from his own series he has also performed stand up on television all over the world – the U.S, the Middle East, Australia and even as far away as England.

“the future of Irish comedy is in safe hands”
Hot Press

“achingly funny”
The Sunday Times

“the audience were in the palm of his hand”
The Metro

“see him now before he gets too big”
The Three Weeks

Colin Geddis

Colin Geddis is the creator and writer of Gedzilla films, an online based Sketch and Stand Up Comedy channel which has now seen him reach over 6,000,000 YouTube hits. He rose to stardom In Northern Ireland in late 2009 with his hit YouTube based sketch show, ‘I Am Fighter’ which he wrote, performed and produced all episodes as well as played the lead character ‘Barry ‘the blender’ Henderson’.Colin started his stand up comedy career in 2010 and since then has become a regular headline act all across Ireland.

Sean Nolan

Sean’s first gig was on January the 27th of 2012 at the age of 23, and in his first year he has quickly become the most talked about new comedian on the Irish circuit. Sean is known for his striped back approach, quiet confidence and his intelligent and hilarious one-liners. Sean is based in Dublin and regularly performs at The International Comedy Club, The Capital Comedy Club and The Bad Ass Cafe.

“A star in the making.” – The Laughter Lounge