Big names for Feile Laughs comedy festival

QBI interview Tim McGarry 'Portrait by Brian Little    interview by Joanne   11/3/10
QBI interview Tim McGarry 'Portrait by Brian Little interview by Joanne 11/3/10

Two of the North’s best known comedians will be performing in Derry over the Easter bank holiday weekend as part of the Féile Laughs comedy festival.

Tim McGarry, best known for his work with The Hole in the Wall Gang, and droll Tyrone comedian, Kevin McAleer, will join local talent in a range of venues during the festival.

The comedian is no stranger to performing in Derry and said he is excited about taking part in the festival.

“I have never played the Gasyard before so I am really looking forward to it,” he said.

Although he is better known for his work as part of a comedy troupe, he said he enjoys the freedom of stand up comedy. “I like stand up because I can be bang up to date so people can expect remarks about popes and flag wavers and Derry’s City of Culture title. I have been doing a bit of stand up on the side lately and I’m really enjoying it,” he said.

He also said he enjoys performing in front of Derry audiences. “Derry people have a great sense of humour and can laugh at themselves which I think is very important.

“According to Lonely Planet Derry is the fourth best place in the world to visit so I’ll have to check and make sure that is true. Personally I think it should be number one.

“There seems to be a real energy about Derry these days.

“I have been up in the Millennium Forum recently with the Give My Head Peace Tour and we had a great time. I have been playing in Derry for years and I can honestly say I have never had a bad gig there,” he said.

The comedian also praised Derry’s homegrown comedic talent. “It’s great to see the amount of comedy in Derry these days and the prominence it is getting in the City of Culture programme. Sometimes people don’t regard comedy as culture but it definitely has its place in culture and it is refreshing to see that in Derry at the moment,” he said.

Tickets are available at the Gasyard centre on 028 71262812 or online at:

Kevin McAleer, a well known face on the comedy circuit for many years, also said he is particularly looking forward to coming to Derry.

“I’m playing in the Crescent Bar, a place I have never been before, so that should be interesting.

“I have played all the other venues in Derry so it’ll be interesting to perform in a bar and to take comedy to a place where it normally wouldn’t be.

“I also really like the idea of the Free Comedy Trail part of the festival because it opens up comedy to more people.

“There is always a good atmosphere at gigs in Derry but I think this one is going to be special. I have a good feeling about it.”

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: