Comedy Clubs this summer at the Alley

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The Alley Theatre in Strabane is hosting a variety of comedy clubs this summer featuring the best stand-up comedians performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Winner of the Comedy Smackdown at the Galway Comedy festival 2010, and of the Bulmers Nuttin’ But Funny Competition 2009, Chris Kent is one of Ireland’s rapidly-rising young comedians and will be performing in the Alley Theatre next Saturday 20th July.

As well as being regular MC at Cork’s City Limits comedy club, Chris has gigged all over Ireland with PJ Gallagher, Ardal O’Hanlon and Colin Murphy, to name but a few. His sharp style preys on his own everyday life, and his ability to laugh at himself gives for some great viewing.

Kent’s unique style of effortless and lightning fast comedy is given full rein in a sharp, quick-witted performance.

In this brand new show, Kent throws some light on the joys of being a negligent electrician and a could-have-been porn star, as well as the boon of having an uncanny resemblance to a well-known sheep-loving soap celebrity.

See Kent in action before he heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the month.

Supporting Chris Kent is Alan Irwin. Alan Irwin has been a comedian for two and a half years. In that time he’s played all across Ireland and Scotland. He’s also aged at a ridiculous rate, gained two stone, and his hair has started falling out. Not afraid to talk openly about almost anything on stage, from the profound to the nonsensical, Alan has established himself as a regular fixture on the Northern Irish comedy circuit.

This appearance at The Alley will be an official preview of Alan’s solo show ‘The Idiot Wind’, which will feature at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

On Saturday August 31st the Alley welcomes the legend that is Eric Lalor, who has just been crowned Irish Standup of the Year by the readers of

Eric is gigging all the major festivals and clubs. He can be seen regularly touring with the likes of Tommy Tiernan, Des Bishop, Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher and Colin Murphy, making him one of the most sought-after acts in the country.

Supporting Eric is Johnny McCarthy, who may not be your regular stand-up but that hasn’t stopped him charming audiences across Ireland including the Empire Comedy Club, The International Comedy Club, The Millennium Forum and the Burnavon Theatre.

All in all, this is a comedy season to savour.

Tickets are £6 and available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or