SOLD OUT – Kevin McAleer – Guru


Tyrone’s biggest living lama Kevin McAleer has just been voted ‘Ireland’s Most Humble Guru’ by Mindfulness Magazine for the eighteenth year running.

To celebrate this modest achievement, he has announced a majestic interplanetary tour for 2019, taking in the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Venus and Pluto, before returning to his home planet Earth for a series of spectacular live apparitions.

It’s almost fifty years since Guru McAleer first coined the word ‘mindfulness’, and he is still coining it today. He achieved global fame and fortune with the bestselling Be Your Own Brexit, and has appeared dozens of times on Celebrity Zen Master Chef and as an outspoken judge on Tibet’s Got Talent.

McAleer’s Advanced Awareness seminars promise total self-discovery on the night, or your money back; participants are gently guided to a state of deep relaxation, emptying the mind of all thought, and replacing it with meaningless laughter. An evening of divine light entertainment not to be missed.

Immaculate mastery of language’  The Scotsman
Will leave your head spinning and your cheeks hurting‘  British Comedy Guide

Doors Tickets 7.15pm | Limited Unreserved Seating 

Joanne McNally – Bite Me

Bite Me was postponed in our Out to Lunch Festival when Joanne made her way to the Black Box – in Galway.

With Sat Nav co-ordinates duly reset, finally, we bring you – BITE ME.

This is the story of Joanne’s amaaaaaaazing diet. She didn’t just lose weight though; she lost jobs, friends and fellas, but she didn’t care because she could wear bangles as belts and that’s all that mattered.

Then one day, over her morning carrot, Joanne realized she’d lost her mind. Turns out it was pinned to a lost property board up in space, enjoying the view and its new found freedom.

Trying to entice it back became the hardest, funniest, greatest and weirdest time of her life.

A major hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival, we are delighted to host this Belfast premier.

‘Brazen, bold and beautiful, the sky’s the limit for Joanne McNally’ – IRISH MIRROR

Scott Capurro

*Tickets available on the Door*

Camp and outrageous, provocative and controversial, catty and hysterical, Scott Capurro is a breath of fresh air in the increasingly samey and stale world of stand-up.

Constantly operating on the boundaries of good taste and often straying some way over the line Scott is a challenging comedian in the best sense of the word.

This San Franciscan comedian has become a favourite on the UK circuit in the last few years, a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and has appeared in several films such as Mrs Doubtfire.

He delivers brutally honest, funny descriptions of life as a gay man in an all American family. Not for the delicate!

… enthralling… electric… deliciously catty’ – THE SCOTSMAN

Comic equation: Larry Grayson x (Lenny Bruce + Chris Rock) = Scott Capurro’ THE GUARDIAN

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Shazia Mirza – With Love from St. Tropez

Following her critically acclaimed, sell-out international tour with The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Shazia Mirza brings her brand new stand-up show to The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

‘A show about lies and truth – or is that the same thing? Nudity and The Periodic Table, these things hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Oh, and don’t you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach’.

Recent TV appearances include The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Graham Norton (BBC) and Loose Women (ITV). Shazia appeared on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls in 2017 on Channel 4.

‘Mirza has stepped up a gear… the bravest thing you’ll see on a comedy stage this year… a remarkable finale’ – SUNDAY TIMES

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

*Tickets also available via telephone on 02890 235053*

Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes – SOLD OUT

In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? This sparklingly brilliant new show tries to give you the answer.

Rob Newman (stand up legend, best-selling novelist, Radio 4 Sony Award Winner) attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers.

‘I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman.’ – Kate Copstick, SCOTSMAN

‘He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen…A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.’ – SUNDAY TIMES

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

Bridget Christie

*Tickets available on the Door*

Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse. Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things? Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation?

This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair.

Winner of Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award.

Bridget’s last show was The Guardian’s No 1 Comedy of 2016.

‘A masterclass’ – GUARDIAN

‘Superb’ – TELEGRAPH

Doors 7:30pm | Unreserved Seating

Ayesha Hazarika – State of the Nation – Politics, power and how we lost the plot

Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.

Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought-after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia. Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots.

Her one-woman show Tales from the Pink Bus was a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh festival and she’s been in huge demand on TV and radio including regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), and Newsnight (BBC2).

Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics.

Hazarika is terrific company – relaxed, mischievous and with a mind like a steel trap…go and see what she has to say.’ **** – THE SCOTSMAN

Patently super smart and extremely eloquent, she offers an intriguing insight’ – THE HERALD

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

*Tickets also available by Telephone on 02890235053*

Sarah Kendall – One-Seventeen

Nominated twice for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show and Total Fringe Sell Out 2015, 2016, 2017. Sarah Kendall embarks on a UK tour with her latest show One-Seventeen. A blistering hour of storytelling from the creator and star of the hit BBC Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy. Sarah has recently won a Writer’s Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy.

‘She will make you burst out laughing, she will make you gasp with horror and at moments you will find it hard not to cry. Kendall’s narrative is fluent, simply told and astonishingly beautiful in places. Like life her tone can turn in an instant, taking you from sadness to joy in a moment. She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you think. And as you leave the theatre and walk out under the stars Kendall’s stories will still be running around in your head.’ SCOTSMAN ★★★★

‘Phenomenal storytelling, engagingly performed with a disarming lack of ego, funny and soulful by turns, this is comedy that restores your sense of wonder.’ CHORTLE ★★★★

Doors 7:45pm | Unreserved Seating

*Tickets also available via Telephone on 028 90 235053*

Rob Auton – The Hair Show

*Tickets available on the Door*

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs.

Award winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner, Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs.

Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time.

Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.

For the past five years Rob has used his command of words and distinctive unconventional humour to explore seemingly mundane subjects: sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow. These shows have given rise to a cult status at the Fringe.

‘A genuine original.’  THE GUARDIAN

One of my absolute favourites.’ – DANIEL KITSON

‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.’ – INDEPENDENT

Doors 5:45pm | Unreserved Seating

LUISA OMIELAN: Politics for Bitches (Preview) – SOLD OUT

Currently filming her BBC3 series of the same name, comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan (What Would Beyonce Do?! and Am I Right Ladies?!) is back with her third stand up instalment.

In her own words;
‘I believe it is my right to have an opinion on something I know absolutely nothing about!’
It’s time to wake up and start caring. Welcome to Politics for Bitches.

As seen on BBC 1, Live at the Apollo, Thigh Gap joke (45 million views) and host of Comic Relief.

★★★★★* Chortle|Metro|Skinny|Guardian|Scotsgay
‘The comedian British women have been waiting for ‘ – HUFFINGTON POST


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