David McSavage / Jarlath Regan / Kevin McGahern / Aindrias De Staic / Chris Kent / Patrick McDonnell / John Colleary  / Fred Cooke / Eric Lalor / Totally Wired / Forbidden Fruit Newcomers / MC Andrew Stanley


The Comedy Tent at Forbidden Fruit has been a mainstay of the weekend and this year’s line-up has something to suit everybody's taste. Without further ado, let us tell you what we’ve got in store for you! This IS a laughing matter.


First up, actor, comedian and writer David McSavage polarises opinion like no other act out there, but it is hard to deny his impact on the Irish comedy landscape. His precision-aimed jibes combined with the view that he hates himself as much as any of his targets makes for a compelling live experience. Laconic Jarlath Regan's 'An Irishman Abroad' podcast now boasts over 1 million listeners per week and was the winner of iTunes’ Best New Podcast in 2013. However, it is as a stand-up that this London based, Kildare native's star truly shines.


Republic of Telly (RTE2) presenter Kevin McGahern is fast becoming one of the most popular acts on the circuit, having cut his comedy teeth playing the part of Sim Cardin the cult ensemble 'The Hardy Bucks'TG4 star Aindrias De Staic is a wild eyed shock of Celtic unpredictability! This guy has talent and humour in abundance and promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend!


The effortlessly original Chris Kent breathes new life into anecdotal comedy and his soft Cork brogue is truly infectious. Fans of the hit TV show ‘Father Ted’ will be delighted to see Patrick McDonnell, who memorably played the gormless country and western singer, Eoin McLove.


We’ll also be welcoming another TV star and co-writer of the 3 times IFTA nominated ‘The Savage Eye'John Colleary. John will be bringing his sharply observed one liners and spot on impressions to the leafy surrounds of Kilmainham.  Fred Cooke has just had another sold out show at Vicar St and is currently in scintillating form as he travels around the country supporting Tommy Tiernan. Plus, we’ve got another audience favourite in the shape of Eric Lalor, who has twice been voted 'Stand-Up Of The Year' by the readers of


Musical comedy comes from the truly awesome duo Totally Wired and, as is the wont of the Forbidden Fruit Comedy Tent, the best of the newcomers on the circuit will be given their chance to shine. Big things are predicted for Steve Bennett, Allison Spittle, Danny O Brien, Martin Angolo and David Reilly, all of whom will be performing on the biggest stage of their fledgling careers.

Completing the line-up will be the winner of the Forbidden Fruit Comedy Talent Search which takes place every Tuesday night at The Button Factory and Crowbar from now until the festival kicks off!


Your MC for the weekend is the man rightly regarded as the best compere in the country, the human dynamo, Andrew Stanley.


Well ? It's back again. The Forbidden Fruit Comedy Talent search returns to Crowbar / The Button Factory, Dublin
Starting on Tuesday April 14th the 1st of 6 heats will see 8 acts vying for a place in the final, with the eventual winner walking away with a slot at thecomedy tent at this years Forbidden Fruit Festival, as well as weekend tickets for the Festival.
If you would like to enter the competition then e-mail a short bit about yourself plus a contact phone number to

Running on the following date: 

Tues 14th April (launch)
Tues 21st April 
Tues 28th April
Tues 5th May
Tues 12th May
Tues 19th May
Tues 26th May (final)

Doors: 8pm. Show starts 8:30pm

€5 on the door (free pint of Bulmers with every ticket)