February 2015

Queen’s Comedy Club kicks off its 22nd year in comedy, with a line-up to end all line-ups!

Wednesday the 4th of February features one of the all time greats, Tommy Tiernan performing a rare and intimate club gig. You’ll not get many opportunities to see a comic of his caliber in such close quarters.

“Tommy Tiernan tore it apart and stole the show with some intense and painfully funny storytelling.” The Irish Times

On Wednesday the 11th of February, we’re joined by Katherine Ryan, one of Canada’s brightest stars and a regular guest on various panel shows including; 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI. Support comes on the night from Chortle Student Award Finalist, Alan Irwin.

Wednesday the 18th of February, sees one of Ireland’s up and coming stars Chris Kent take on headline duties. Having supported the likes of Bill Burr and Dylan Moran, Kent is effortlessly original and a natural born comedian. He’s joined by not one but two support acts, Omagh comic Conor Keys and Christian Talbot who was one of the finalists in Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball “World’s Shortest Gig”.

Our final show of the term is Wednesday 25th of February and sees the comedy genius of Michael Redmond. Perhaps better known as Father Stone, one of the more memorable creations from Father Ted. Support on the night comes from the 2014 ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ winner, Aidan Strangeman.

Compere for all our shows is Colin Murphy, best known for RTE’s The Panel and his BBC shows The Blame Game and Great Unanswered Questions.

Wed 4th Feb – Tommy Tiernan and Colin Murphy – SOLD OUT
Wed 11th Feb – Katherine Ryan, Alan Irwin and Colin Murphy – BUY TICKETS
Wed 18th Feb – Chris Kent, Christian Talbot, Conor Keys and Colin Murphy – BUY TICKETS
Wed 25th Feb – Michael Redmond, Aidan Strangeman and Colin Murphy – BUY TICKETS

Tickets on sale Monday 8th December – 9am from Queen’s Students’ Union and Ticketmaster.

Bye for now!

That’s it, our autumn 2014 run is finished and we’re already looking ahead to all the great shows we have coming in 2015! Thanks to all the amazing acts that performed at the club this term! We saw great performances from Joe Wilkinson, Abandoman, Howard Read and an absolute masterclass from Kevin McAleer!

We also have to say a big thank you to all of you! It probably sounds like we’re just saying it for the sake of it, but Queen’s audiences are really the best around!

Finally thanks to all the photographers who braved the attention of the comedians, to get some great shots! (Michael Burch, Carrie Davenport and Stephen Mullan)

Here’s some of the highlights:

Autumn 2014 lineup

Queen’s Comedy Club welcomes in another term of comedy with a line-up any festival would be proud of!

We kick off proceedings on Wednesday 24th of September with one of the stars of ‘Him & Her’ and ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’, Joe Wilkinson. Joe plays his only Irish date in 2014 with support from Irish standup Jarlath Regan.

On Wednesday the 1st of October, we’re joined by one of Ireland’s all time great comedians, Kevin McAleer. Kevin is truly one of the comedic masters and has influenced a whole new generation of comedians in Ireland and the UK. On the night support comes from the ‘mad magician with amazing skills, dodgy jokes, an infectious smile’, George Firehorse.

Wednesday 8th of October, sees ‘Ireland’s seventh biggest hip-hop crew’, Abandoman perform. Fresh from supporting multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour, come witness Abandoman lift the roof of the Mandela hall with their ingenious comedy rap stylings. Support comes from the 2014 Galway Tedfest Toilet Duck award winner, Donal Vaughan.

Our final show of the term is Wednesday 15th of October and sees the comedy genius of Howard Read. Perhaps best known as the other half of the animated six-year-old virtual stand-up comic, Little Howard, Howard has appeared with him on some of the biggest TV shows in the world (even This Morning with Phil and Holly!). Multi-award winning Australian stand-up, Felicity Ward is support on the night.

Compere for all our shows is Colin Murphy, best known for RTE’s The Panel and his BBC shows The Blame Game and Great Unanswered Questions.

Wednesday 24th September
Joe Wilkinson, Jarlath Regan and Colin Murphy – Buy Tickets

Wednesday 1st October
Kevin McAleer, George Firehorse and Colin Murphy – Buy Tickets

Wednesday 8th October
Abandoman, Donal Vaughan and Colin Murphy – Buy Tickets

Wednesday 15th October
Howard Read, Felicity Ward and Colin Murphy – Buy Tickets

Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom


Thursday 27th March 2014
Mandela Hall, QUBSU

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


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.” 

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.