Comedy KARLnival zoom with Nina Conti, Fred McAuley, Jo Caulfield, Micky Bartlett & host Karl Spain Fri May 14th at 8pm.



Over the last 4 months of fortnightly shows, Karl Spain has been joined online by a host of fantastic comedians from Ireland & overseas including Jason Byrne, Ardal O’Hanlon, Andrew Maxwell, Shappi Khorsandi, Milton Jones, Angela Barnes, Russell Kane, Zoe Lyons, Bernard Casey and Al Murray The Pub Landlord. He was also joined by hundreds of willing front row victims and thousands of happy livestream viewers. 

We have really enjoyed bringing this series of livestream shows to you, but all good things must come to an end and we have decided to stop, take stock and prepare for a summer of live outdoor & hopefully indoor gigs, with a whole new set of challenges around live streaming from a field with a live audience and keeping everyone safe from COVID-19.

The final show in this series takes place on Friday 14th May, and is headlined by one of the world’s funniest ventriloquists and British Comedy Award winner, Nina Conti. She is joined on this fantastic line-up by a host of TV comics & comedy club headliners, for the last in this series of virtual comedy gigs with a difference.

Galway Comedy Festival & Róisín Dubh Comedy present… 

Comedy KARLnival Online with Karl Spain & friends 

Friday 14th May

Live from London – Nina Conti (British Comedy Award Winner / Live at the Apollo)

Live from our Edinburgh studio – Fred MacAulay (Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You)

Jo Caulfield (Have I Got News For You, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow)

And Live from Róisín Dubh, Galway – Micky Bartlett (BBC NI’s The Blame Game and Monumental)

And our host Karl Spain.

The small print:

There are two ticket types for the show

‘VIP’ Front Row Ticket – €15 / €12.50 for members – Be a part of the action, join the video call and provide the laughs, LIVE. (Very limited number of tickets).

Livestream Ticket – €10 – This ticket lets you watch all the craic unfold live on a private livestream.

Tickets & info on 

Line-ups could change, but it’s unlikely.

A little bit about the acts 

Nina Conti

Nina won a British Comedy Award for storming ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without even moving her lips.

Nina began her career as an actress at the Royal Shakespeare Company before the genius, and anarchic theatre director Ken Campbell inspired her to become a ventriloquist. In 2008 she won the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for her solo show ‘Complete and Utter Conti’. In 2010, ‘Talk to the Hand’ had sell-out seasons in Edinburgh, London, Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House and New York. Other television credits include ‘QI’, ‘The John Bishop Show’ and Chris O’Dowd’s HBO series ‘Family Tree’.

Fred McAulay 

Having presented the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co. on BBC Radio Scotland for almost 18 years and with a string of tv appearances, Fred’s on air witticisms and on screen reputation are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.

Arriving late to the world of stand-up comedy in the early 90’s, he has gone on to be a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe (this will be his 29th) and at comedy festivals worldwide. Appearances on many Radio 4 comedy panel shows including I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just A Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz guarantee an audience for Fred’s Live stand-up tours.

He has successfully featured in and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland: he hosted the talk show McCoist and MacAulay and presented Life According to Fred, Hoots, Simply Fred and Scots on the Box, as well as the 2014 On The Road magazine programme with Martell Maxwell. On national BBC Television he has been a panelist on shows including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You. In addition, in the US he was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and his performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival has been shown coast to coast in North America as well.

Jo Caulfield

Whether you’ve seen her on TV shows such as “Have I Got News For You” or “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow”, heard her on the radio on “Just a Minute” or “Stop The Press”, or caught her live at one of her award-winning Edinburgh Festival shows, the chances are you’re already familiar with Jo’s work.

Described by The Observer as “one of the finest female comics at work” and by The Scotsman as “quite simply, a damn funny woman” Jo can regularly be seen headlining the UK’s biggest and best comedy clubs. She is also in high demand on the corporate circuit, speaking at and hosting dinners and award ceremonies for many leading companies across the UK and beyond.

Behind the scenes Jo is a respected writer, having served as a writer / programme consultant on all five series of Graham Norton’s BAFTA Award winning “So Graham Norton” and as head writer on both Ruby Wax’s “Waiting Game” and Zoe Ball’s “Strictly Dance Fever”. Jo has also written for – among others – Joan Rivers, Ant & Dec and Anne Robinson. Jo is also a popular and respected warm-up for many high-profile TV shows.

Micky Bartlett

Big Micky Bartlett is gathering both momentum and acclaim as one of Northern Ireland’s fastest rising stars on the live stand-up circuit. Also a regular on BBC Northern Ireland panel shows “The Blame Game” and “Monumental”, hilarious Micky came to prominence after winning the BBC NI stand-up talent show “Find me the Funny”.

In 2012 Micky supported Patrick Kielty on his tour of Northern Ireland, and performed in the Belfast recording of Dave’s One Night Stand. He made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2014 and has returned a number of times since with widely acclaimed solo shows.

“Consistently funny… In years to come, people will be talking about the first time they saw Micky Bartlett” – Adam Hills

“Bartlett is a stand-up natural with a great command of the audience and engaging everyman approach, full of verve… A masterful way of delivering with punch and style… Impressive!”  – Chortle

Karl Spain

Our shows are hosted by the “achingly funny” Karl Spain.

Karl has been in stand-up comedy for over twenty years. Last seen on telly hosting Laughter In The Eyre filmed at Galway Comedy Festival in 2019, Karl is probably best known in Ireland for losing a few ounces on Celebrity Operation Transformation, and his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman in which he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman.

As well as being a regular at Róisín Dubh, Galway Comedy Festival, Vodafone Comedy Festival Dublin, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montréal Just for Laughs, Karl was a resident writer for Republic of Telly and still is for countless other comedians.

“The future of Irish comedy is in safe hands” – HOT PRESS

“Achingly funny” – THE SUNDAY TIMES.


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