Bulmers Pear Comedy Tent

The music line up at this year’s Forbidden Fruit is rightly garnering all the headlines, but for those who might like to take some time out for something a bit different, then the Comedy Tent at this years Festival is the perfect haven.

The freshest , newest, most exciting comic talents will rub shoulders with some of the most experienced acts on the circuit. Foil Arms and Hog, fresh from a sell-out show at Vicar St, promise madcap sketches, razor sharp timing and edge of your seat thrills when they headline on Sunday. Jarlath Regan's 'Irishman Abroad' podcasts have topped the charts in recent weeks and his world weary views are sure to engage all ages.

Better known as the gormless C and W singer Eoin Mclove from 'Fr Ted', Patrick McDonnell's acerbic wit and Louth mouth rantings are always worth listening to. Recently voted 'Irelands best comedian' by the readers of, Eric Lalor is a fast talking, no-nonsense mirth maker, whilst the Savage Eye's, John Colleary is rightly regarded as one of the best live acts in the country.

It’s not all Irish based acts, as Australian superstar Bec Hill arrives fresh from the Cat Laughs Festival with her distinctly quirky Antipodean brand of silliness and also from 'down under', everyone's favourite Kiwi, Danny Dowling is sure to light up the tent with his own particular way. 'Ireland's Got Mammies' creator, Colm O Regan is without question the best gag writer in the country, whilst veteran Kevin Gildea is both a social commentator and raconteur par excellence.

TV fans will be delighted to see actor/comic Patser Murray (Love Hate) and 'Damo and Ivors', Tom O Mahony who played the part of Tarquin in the hit series. Ace improviser, Paul Tylak is a Festival veteran, whilst the 'ginger gem' of Irish comedy Rory O Hanlon has been making great strides in the UK, and everyones favourite Grump, James Goldsbury, wont be holding back.

The line up is completed by 3 of the best of the new breed of emerging comics, Colm Tyrell, Niamh Marron and Donal Vaughan , plus the winner of the 'Forbidden Fruit Comedy Talent Search' (the heats of which take place every Tuesday at the Crowbar, Tempe Lane.)
The MC for both days is the man widely regarded as the best in the country, the human Duracell Bunny that is Andrew Stanley.


Sat 31st- MC Andrew Stanley, Kevin Gildea, Patrick McDonnell, Donal Vaughan, Eric Lalor, Niamh Marron, Paul Tylak, James Golsbury, Bec Hill & John Colleary.

Sun 1st-- MC, Andrew Stanley, Rory O Hanlon, Danny Dowling, Jarlath Regan, Patser Murray, Colm Tyrell, FF Talent Search Winner,Tom O Mahony, Colm O Regan, Foil Arms and Hog.

Full announcement now stands as:

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, F*** Buttons, Nils Frahm, Thundercat, Captain Murphy, The Young Knives, Kid Karate, To Kill A King, Vann Music plus more to be announced

2 Many DJs, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), The Range, Brian Deady plus more to be announced