McGarry and McAleer top bill at festival

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Tim McGarry and Kevin McAleer headline the Feile Laughs Comedy Festival which takes place this weekend from Friday 29 March to Monday, 1 April 2013. This brand new event forms part of the Gasyard Wall Feile’s cultural programme for 2013 in partnership with Culture Company 2013 Ltd.

Tim McGarry takes to the stage at the Gasyard Centre on Easter Saturday, 30 March at 8.30pm. Best known for playing Da in the hugely popular sitcom ‘Give My Head Peace’, Tim McGarry is also the host on the Radio Ulster and BBC1 television comedy panel show, ‘The Blame Game’. His one-man stand-up show “Tim McGarry’s Irish History Lesson” toured across the North ‘to standing ovations. Tickets for Tim McGarry are £6 booked in advance and £8 on the night. Tickets are available at the Gasyard Centre on 028 71262812 or online at:

A free Comedy Trail is an essential part of Feile Laughs weekend providing quality comedy from local and regional acts in a variety of venues in the Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan areas of the city.

Featured artists on the comedy trail include Paddy McDonnell, Ruaidhri Ward, Cormac Cookie O’Donnell, Terry Keyes, Matthew Collins, Peter Davidson, Bobby Best and many more. For further details on the comedy trail log on to

Easter Sunday sees Colin Geddis, the man responsible for Barry the Blender Henderson from youtube sensation I Am Fighter take to the stage in the Abercorn Bar at 8pm, admission is free.

The Feile Laughs Comedy festival closes with one of the most respected names in Irish comedy Kevin McAleer on Monday, 1 April 2013 at the venue in the Crescent Bar Creggan.

Since getting his big break on RTE’s Nighthawks, comedian Kevin McAleer has been telling hilariously deadpan yarns for over a quarter of a century. His sublime wit, slow County Tyrone drawl and forays into paranoiac delusion have left audiences in stitches.

Kevin McAleer is the comedian’s comedian, Stewart Lee’s comedy hero and all round craftsman of quirky comedy, word puns and deadpan observation.

A masterclass in comedy awaits for fans old and new, providing a fitting close to the City of Cultures first comedy festival of 2013. Tickets for Kevin McAleer are priced at £6 in advance, £8 on the night and are available at the Crescent Bar, Creggan on: 028 71268006, the Gasyard Centre on 028 71262812 or online at: www: