After the hugely successful inaugural 2013 Cookstown Comedy Festival, the town prepares itself for more belly laughs as the 2014 Cookstown Comedy Festival swings into town from 5th June – 7th June, based at the Burnavon theatre.
This year’s headline act is the superb Rich Hall, with Cookstown being the only Northern Ireland stopover in his summer tour.
Rich’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit.
The award-winning Montana native renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick fire banter with audiences and delightful musical sequences saddles up and hitches his wagon to tour the British Isles once again.
This is a comedian who’s plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe.
Perrier (Edinburgh Comedy Festival) Award and Barry (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) Award winner Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland. Tickets for the headline gig on Saturday 7th June are £16.
The honour of opening the festival this year on Thursday 5th June goes to local comedian and familiar face on BBC NI’s Monumental, Micky Bartlett. Straight out of the comedy hub that - somehow - is Lurgan, Micky Bartlett is Northern Ireland’s answer to Kevin Bridges.
Only a young pup, but with the comic skill of a seasoned professional having featured in three BBC NI series to date: Find Me the Funny; LOL; and Monumental, Micky Bartlett is one of the funniest and most popular acts on the circuit, destroying audiences with embarrassing stories that any normal person would take to the grave.
In his brand new show Micky explores relationships…again, and tells everyone what it’s like to be mildly famous and absolutely broke. He’s still afraid of his parents…he’s still a bit too chubby...and he still thinks he’s a student…but he’s still hilarious! Tickets are £10.
Finally, the festival welcomes legendary Belfast comedian, Roy Walker. An hour spent in the company of Walker, an experienced showman, can never be wasted and following his resurgence at the undisputed hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, the gently-spoken Northern Irish comic and former host of game show Catchphrase comes to Cookstown for the first time on Friday 6th June. Walker’s stand-up routine delivers a master-class in comedy.
Slow, deliberating and with killer sucker-punches liberally scattered throughout his set, maybe a game of Catchphrase and Car Park Catchphrase a-la the Chris Moyles radio show might make an appearance. Tickets are £16.
On Saturday 7th June Cookstown’s Main Street and the Burn Road will come alive to street entertainment, Open Mic stand-up sessions on the comedy carpet,, Punch and Judy for the kids and busker acoustic sessions.
All shows at the Burnavon start at 8pm, and tickets can be purchased from the Burnavon Box Office, Burn Road or online at www.burnavon.com