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Dylan Moran, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Bridges, Alfie Brown, Judah Friedlander, Rich Hall, Andrew Maxwell, Neil Delamere, Barry Murphy, David O’Doherty, Colin Murphy, Colm O’Regan and more are playing the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival this year, on May 30 to June 3.
The Press Release:
Now in its nineteenth year, one of the world’s best-loved comedy festivals has today announced a title sponsorship agreement with leading broadcaster and TV and home communications provider, Sky, and an enhanced programme of stand-up comedy, improv and on-screen premieres.
Widely acknowledged among comedians as one of their all-time favourite places to perform, the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has, since it was established in 1995, played host to more than 250 comedians, including international stars like Bill Murray, George Wendt, Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Zach Galafianakis, Dan Castelleneta, Alan Carr, Louis CK, Jimmy Carr, Peter Kay and others as well as giving a platform to indigenous Irish talent like Graham Norton, Dara Ó Briain, Dylan Moran and others.
The picturesque medieval city of Kilkenny, Ireland will play host to The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival from Thursday, 30th May to Monday, 3rd June 2013 and today festival organisers are thrilled to announce an exciting new creative partnership with Sky, which will include the broadcaster introducing a unique programme strand to the festival.
The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival will proudly host a world-premiere screening of the first two episodes of series two of Sky 1 HD’s critically-acclaimed and IFTA award winning comedy series Moone Boy, in the company of its co-writer and star, Chris O’Dowd, co-writer and Kilkenny native, Nick Vincent Murphy and fellow cast members. The Sky programme will also include other special screenings with further details to be announced in due course.
Speaking about the world-premiere screening Chris O’Dowd said: “Can’t wait for people to see the new series. And showing it in the hometown of Nick and Cartoon Saloon and comedy, is wonderfully fitting.“
Nick Vincent Murphy added: “I’m delighted that the second series of Moone Boy will premiere in my home town. To write this show, Chris and I are constantly mining our childhoods for good stories and fun characters, and growing up in Kilkenny gave me plenty of both! So it seems fitting that Kilkenny comedy-lovers will get the first chance to enjoy it.”
On the stand-up front, this year’s festival programme, created by new Artistic Director, Naoise Nunn, features comedians from the US, UK, Canada and Australia as well as the best in home-grown comedy talent. In the context of The Gathering the festival is delighted to welcome home, among other Irish comedy stars, the critically-acclaimed comedy mastermind, Dylan Moran. The star of Black Books will take to the stage for a very special show featuring his grouchy, hilarious and unfailingly accurate insights into the human condition.
Joining Dylan is a who’s who list of the best of Irish comic talent, including Andrew Maxwell, Neil Delamere, Barry Murphy, David O’Doherty, Colin Murphy, Colm O’Regan and 2012 So You Think You’re Funny winner, Aisling Bea.
Special mention must go the return of a cult comedy icon and star of the ground-breaking satirical series Nighthawks, Kevin McAleer who will perform an exclusive set in the Irish language.
Scottish comedy prodigy, Kevin Bridges, will make one of a very few live appearances in 2013, exclusively for The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. Alfie Brown will also be on hand with his uncompromising and challenging insights, alongside the political and social commentary Marcus Brigstocke and 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer nominee, Holly Walsh whose sitcom collaborations with Sharon Horgan have recently been picked up by major US networks.
The Sky Cat Laughs Comeday Festival will also play host to the European debut of Judah Friedlander. An eclectic and acclaimed comedian and actor, Judah plays Frank Rossitano in the Emmy award-winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey. He’s also been in such cult movies as Zoolander, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly and American Splendor.
Also returning to the festival from the US are favourites, Rich Hall, Dom Irrera and Will Durst. Representing Canada are Mike Wilmot and Tony Law.
Speaking about this year’s festival, Jane Russell, CEO for The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, said: “This year’s Cat Laughs programme is the most exciting in years. We believe our collaboration with Sky represents a new and more powerful approach to sponsorship.
With Sky bringing to bear their expertise and success in TV comedy together with the Cat Laughs’ stand-up heritage, festival-goers now have the chance to see the very best of both worlds. With top Irish acts performing alongside heavyweights of the international comedy circuit, the 2013 line-up has something for young and old alike. It’s shaping up to be an incredible 2013 festival.”
Speaking about Sky’s sponsorship with the acclaimed comedy festival Michael Markey, Head of Brand Marketing, Sky Ireland said: “The Cat Laughs has an unrivalled reputation when it comes to attracting the world’s best comedic talent, and we know Sky customers are big comedy fans, so we’re delighted to partner with the festival and to bring some of our great shows to an audience of comedy lovers.”
Sky’s Head of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden added: “I’m thrilled that we’re working together to create the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. I have very fond memories of the festival in Kilkenny and it’s wonderful to be welcomed in to be part of it. This festival has always been a real jewel in the comedy calendar, treasured by all and the perfect spot to show Sky’s continued commitment to comedy in Ireland, as well as the UK. We’re looking forward to delivering an exciting, exclusive and interactive Sky programme and this, of course, includes the world premiere of the new series of Ireland’s own beloved Moone Boy. Together with Cat Laughs and the fantastic line up of top comedy talent on this year’s bill, this promises to be a vintage year.”
New programme elements in 2013 include the return of Kilkenny Exposed in which comedians hold a sometimes unflattering, but always hilarious mirror up to the people and city of Kilkenny and the International All Star Improv, featuring the stars of Whose Line is it Anyway and the Dublin Comedy Improv. An upcoming talent showcase - Wildcats – will also run in the medieval tavern, The Hole in the Wall.
For the first time ever there will be a programme of family-friendly and kids’ events at the festival including two shows daily in the magical Rothe House, featuring RTÉ televison’s Reuben and Australian comic Bec Hill plus special guests.
The Masters is a new series at the festival which celebrates the work of veterans of the comedy circuit, introducing or reintroducing them to appreciative audiences. This year the festival features comedy legend Jimmy Cricket with support from Dublin’s master jokesmith, Sil Fox.
‘The Best Little Comedy Festival in the World’ - The Guardian
Via press release:
Dublin Zoo, a not for profit organisation, is delighted to announce more new arrivals, this time the birth of two red panda cubs who are yet to be named. Both cubs are female and this is the second litter born to parents Angelina and Chota, who welcomed a set of twins this time last year.
The female twins were born in June, however before this week sightings of the new arrivals were rare because they only ventured out of their den at nightfall.
Team Leader Eddie O’Brien said, “Red pandas are endangered in the wild so we are over the moon that this is the second litter born at Dublin Zoo within a year. They are both doing very well and getting more adventurous and confident as they can now be seen exploring their habitat during the day.”
Red Panda Facts:
· Red pandas have thick, dense fur and a long, bushy tail to keep them warm
· The fur on the soles of their feet also prevent them from slipping on wet branches
· Mainly active at sunrise and sunset, they spend the rest of their time asleep in the trees
· Red pandas are endangered in the wild
Thursday, 20th September 2012
Dublin Zoo Welcomes Meerkat Pups
Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of two meerkat pups to the family of four adult meerkats, one male and three females.
Although the pups were born in July, visitors are only now getting their first glimpse of the young additions as mum and dad kept the pups hidden in burrows during the early stages of their lives. Throughout this period, their parents and aunts kept watch over the secret passages, calling out and warning each other if there were any signs of danger or predators nearby. This is typical of meerkats who demonstrate altruistic behavior within their colonies where one or more meerkats stand guard, to warn others of approaching dangers.
Eddie O’Brien, team leader said, “We are delighted with the arrival of the pups. It has been some time since meerkats were born at the Zoo so these are a welcome additions. We think the youngsters are female.”
He continued, “Both pups are doing very well. They are still feeding from their mother and recently they have also started eating solids. As carnivores they eat meat and insects.”
Meerkats are small mammals belonging to the mongoose family. They live in various parts of southern Africa including the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Namib Desert in Namibia, southwestern Angola and South Africa.
HARD WORKING CLASS HEROES day-by-day breakdown is available below or athttp://hwch.net/schedule_2012.html.
For their 10th birthday, the festival has called on 5 acts who they regard as
Returning Heroes, three to headline Meeting House Square on each night:
Solar Bears – Thurs 4 Oct
Le Galaxie – Fri 5 Oct
Delorentos – Sat 6 Oct
And two to headline the Button Factory on Friday 5th - We Cut Corners and The Ambience Affair.
The bands epitomize a central tenet of the HWCH festival: offering Irish audiences an early snapshot of emerging artists who are destined to become some of Ireland’s most enduring talents.
Hype Machine vs Soundcloud – Thurs 4 Oct The Grand Social
A Dark Horse / Benny Smiles / Tandem Felix / Ginnels / Spies
OTR vs Nialler9 – Fri 5 Oct The Workman’s Club
Kool Thing / Forrests / Elaine Mai / Simon Bird / Girl Band / Come On Live Long / Ships
Today FM (Paul Mcloone) vs 2FM (Jenny Huston – her last hurrah with the festival)
Nanu Nanu / Carried By Waves / Land Lovers / Autumn Owls / Sleep Thieves / Last Days of 1984
THURSDAY 4th OCTOBER
THE WORKMAN’S CLUB
- 9.00-9.30 Dogs
- 9.40-10.10 Bouts
- 10.20-10.50 Hush War Cry
- 11.00-11.30 Futures Apart
- 11.40-12.10 Jogging
- 12.30-2.30am Folie A Deux DJ set
- 9.00–9.30 Sans Chateaux
- 9.40-10.10 Twin Terrace
- 10.20-10.50 EleventyFour
- 11.00-11.30 Moo!
- 11.40-12.10 Biggles Flys Again
- 8.00-8:30 Temper-Mental MissElayneous
- 8.40-9.10 The Animators
- 9.20-9.50 Replete
- 10.00-10.30 Ghosts
- 10.40-11.10 CLU
- 11.30-12.10 Lemonada
- 12.30-2.30 Yours Truly DJ set
MEETING HOUSE SQUARE
- 8.00-8:30 KaraKara
- 8.40-9.10 Low Sea
- 9.20- 9.50 SertOne
- 10.00-10.30 Daithi
- 10.40-11.10 Si Schroeder
- 11.30-12.30 Solar Bears
THE GRAND SOCIAL Hype Machine V Soundcloud
- 7.50-8.20 A Dark Horse
- 8.30-9.00 Benny Smiles
- 9.10-9.40 Tandem Felix
- 9.50-10.20 Ginnels
- 10.30-11.00 Spies
FRIDAY 5th OCTOBER
THE WORKMAN’S CLUB OTR vs NIALLER9
- 8.20-8.50 Kool Thing
- 9.00-9.30 Forrests
- 9.40-10.10 Elaine Mai
- 10.20-10.50 Simon Bird
- 11.00-11.30 Girl Band
- 11.40-12.10 Come On Live Long
- 12.20- 12.50 Ships
- 1am-2.30am Gugai (Strange Brew DJ Set)
- 8.20-8.50 Leanne Harte
- 9.00-9.30 Junah
- 9.40-10.10 Cocophone
- 10.20-10.50 Inni-K
- 11.00-11.30 Dylan Tighe
- 11.40-12.10 Frankenstein Bolts
- 12.20-12.50 Electric Penguins
- 1.00-1.30 Gavin James
- 8.00-8.30 Steve McEvoy
- 8.40-9.10 Nouveaunoise
- 9.20-9.50 Young Wonder
- 10.00-10.30 Frank B
MEETING HOUSE SQUARE
- 8.00-8:30 LaFaro
- 8.40-9.10 Kid Karate
- 9.20-9.50 Sweet Jane
- 10.00-10.30 Ghost Estates
- 10.40-11.10 Croupier
- 11.30-12.30 Le Galaxie
THE GRAND SOCIAL
- 7.50-8.20 Aisling Quinn
- 8.30-9.00 The Depravations
- 9.10-9.40 Cfit
- 9.50-10.20 Lisa O’ Neill
- 10.30-11.00 The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock
- 8.00-8.30 Groom
- 8.40-9.10 A Lazarus Soul
- 9.20-9.50 The Ambience Affair
- 10.00-10.30 We Cut Corners
SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER
THE WORKMAN’S CLUB
- 7.40-8.10 Red Sail
- 8.20-8.50 Slow Skies
- 9.00-9.30 Dott
- 9.40-10.10 The Casanova Wave
- 10.20-10.50 I ♥ The Monster Hero
- 11.00-11.30 Skelocrats
- 11.40-12.10 September Girls
- 12.20-12.50 Grand Pocket Orchestra
- 1am-2.30am Sacred Animals V Feel Good Lost DJ set
- 8.20-8.50 Niamh Regan
- 9.00-9.30 Water Cycle
- 9.40-10.10 Familiar Creatures
- 10.20-10.50 Wiltz
- 11.00-11.30 Eatenbybears
- 11.40-12.10 Hello Moon
- 12.20-12.50 The Alice Kona Band
- 7.20–7.50 Lamont/Bailey/Wall
- 8.00-8.30 PolyDROID
- 8.40-9.10 White Collar Boy
- 9.20-9.50 Reid
- 10.00-10.30 Faws
MEETING HOUSE SQUARE
- 8.00-8:30 The Strypes
- 8.40-9.10 Hudson Taylor
- 9.20-9.50 Heritage Centre
- 10.00-10.30 The Dirty 9s
- 10.40-11.10 The Mighty Stef
- 11.30-12.30 Delorentos
THE GRAND SOCIAL
- 7.10-7.40 Little Bear
- 7.50-8.20 Conor Mason
- 8.30-9.00 Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes
- 9.10-9.40 Deaf Joe
- 9.50-10.20 Owensie
- 10.30-11.00 The Gorgeous Colours
BUTTON FACTORY TODAY FM vs 2FM
- 7.00-7.30 Nanu Nanu
- 7.40-8.10 Carried By Waves
- 8.20-8.50 Land Lovers
- 9.00-9.30 Autumn Owls
- 9.40-10.10 Sleep Thieves
- 10.10-10.40 Last Days of 198
Via press release from Friction PR
Elevator by THISISPOPBABY at ABSOLUT Fringe 2012.
Starring: Muiris Crowley, Nicola Lewis, Connor Madden, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Ciaran O’ Brien, Megan Riordan and Cathy White. Written by Phillip McMahon. Directed byWayne Jordan. Composer & Sound Design Alma Kelliher.
Photos by Fiona Morgan