Fancy a laugh? Derry a ‘hotbed’ of comedic talent

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Derry is a hotbed of comedic talent just waiting to be tapped into - local events manager Eavan King, the woman behind the increasingly successful comedy nights at Mason’s Bar has said.

The Ballyshannon woman said the twice monthly comedy nights at the Magazine Street Bar have not only allowed bigger, established comedy stars a chance to shine on the local stage but have also uncovered a host of local funny men and women.

Once a month the club hosts an open mic night under the name of ‘Gagging Order’ - and Eavan said that the quality of the local performers - many of whom have never done stand up before - has been outstanding.

“Just one example is John Coyle - a local man who got up on the stage and did a 20 minute set about growing up in Galliagh. He brought the house down even though he had no experience on the stage before,” Eavan said.

Other names making their presence known on the stage each month include Julie Lecky, Adam Loughlan, Peter E Davidson and Danny McCrossan.

That’s not to mention the big named acts who are now hearing about this new venue hidden behind the city’s walls.

In recent months both Tim McGarry of Hole in the Wall Gang fame and Kevin McAleer haev graced the stage of the club’s more mainstream night.

“The truth was, we were inundated with requests for slots to play at the comedy night so we had to expand to two nights,” Eavan said.

No stranger to the world of comedy, Eavan King was the festival co-ordinator for the Big Tickle in Derry from 2006-2008.

Over the years she has helped bring the likes of Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Reginald D Hunter, Dara O’Briain, David O’Doherty, Phil Nichol, Stewart Lee, Rich Hall and Frankie Boyle to North West audiences.

She remains confident that the success story of Masons so far is only the beginning.

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