Dylan O’Neill explores the venues around Dublin that tickle your funny bone.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time for students to face the gauntlet of exams before jetting off on their J1 (and that’s just the lucky few). To combat this bleak time of year, Dublin City offers various different venues that feature a wide range of comedic talent. It’s industry level stand-up without the Netflix subscription.
The Laughter Lounge is situated on Eden’s Quay and hosts year-round comedy events, among which is the regular ‘Live at the Lounge,’ which has seen the likes of Rory O’Hanlon and Enya Martin as just some of the big names on offer. Tickets are from €26, but the lounge also has a fully licensed late bar, with pizza and nachos on offer. Just don’t wear tracksuits. What more could you ask for?
If, like me, you’re dirt poor from nights out, The Woolshed Baa and Grill, located on Parnell Street, hosts its weekly ‘Comedy Shed,’ every Monday. Starting at 9.00 pm, the event offers 3 headline stand-up acts, with Joe Dowlin as MC, and is free for audience members. Previous comedians who have taken to the stage are: Tom O’Mahony (Republic of Telly), Al Lubel (Late Show David Letterman,) and John Colleary (The Savage Eye). For professional comedians and a pleasant atmosphere, Woolshed Baa and Grill is a great way to spend Monday evenings.
The longest running comedy club in Ireland, the Comedy Improv Night has seen such lineups as Tara Flynn, Michelle Read, and Sharon Mannion to name but a few.
Finally, if you’re not too picky about your big-names in comedy, The International Bar hosts a ‘Comedy Improv Night’ every Monday. The longest running comedy club in Ireland, the Comedy Improv Night has seen such lineups as Tara Flynn, Michelle Read, and Sharon Mannion to name but a few. It’s €5 entry, and if you love re-watching clips of Who’s line is it Anyway? on Youtube, then the International Bar will have you in stitches by last-call.
If, however, you need to get your giggles on mid-week, then the Comedy Cellar Dublin, will satisfy you on a Tuesday and Wednesday night, the way only self-deprecating and political jokes can. For this show, tickets can be pre-booked from €10 on Ticketweb.ie, but to see Neil Delamere, would you not pay a little bit more?
There you have it. Fill your week-nights with laughter and your days, annoying your office workers with rehashed jokes by the watercooler that you heard the night before.