Roisin Dubh Comedy Presents Comedy KARLnival with Shappi Khorsandi, Angela Barnes & Barry Castagnola & Emman Idama Live Zoom Fri Apr 2nd at 9pm.

Galway Comedy Festival & Róisín Dubh Comedy presents…

Comedy KARLnival Online

With Karl Spain & friends

Friday 2nd April – Live from London & Galway


Live from our London studio 

Shappi Khorsandi (8 Out Of 10 Cats / I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!)

Angela Barnes (Live at the Apollo / Mock The Week)

Barry Castagnola (Live at the Comedy Store / The Stand Up Show)

And Live from Róisín Dubh, Galway 

Emman Idama (Republic of Telly / Des Bishop’s This Is Ireland)

And our host Karl Spain.

On Friday 2nd April, Karl Spain’s Comedy KARLnival is coming live from 2 venues, in 2 cities on 1 livestream as we attempt to make Good Friday great.

Featuring the best of Irish & international comedians – Shappi Khorsandi, Angela Barnes & Barry Castagnola will be beaming their jokes live from a studio in London, and our host, Karl Spain, will be joined in an empty Róisín Dubh by Nigerian-born Irish comic Emman Idama – with both venues sharing a virtual front row audience via Cisco Webex on big screens in front of their respective stages.

For the next few shows we are taking the comedians out of their homes and into studios in Galway, London and Edinburgh to bring you high quality live-streamed shows. Great comedians can’t travel to be with us in Galway, but that won’t stop us bringing you great live comedy wherever you are. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience, understanding & support along the way. Trust us, we would prefer to be selling you pints of Guinness in Róisín Dubh and laughing along with you. Hopefully we will see you all in real life, real soon.

The Small Print: 

There are two types of tickets for this show, available from 

‘Observer’ Ticket – €12 

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes at enhancing the experience for our livestream viewers, and that’s why we’re partnering with TicketCo, one of the world’s smoothest event payment & live-streaming platforms.

‘VIP’ Front Row Ticket – €15  / €12.50 (members) 

Be a part of the action, join the video call and provide the laughs, LIVE. (Very limited number of tickets).

With this ticket you are asked to have your mic and camera on, so you’re visible to the comedians & occasionally our livestream audience and your laughter adds to the atmosphere of our show.

To avail of our discounted members price, you log in or become a member on when purchasing the tickets.

The Line-Up (subject to change)

Shappi Khorsandi

Iranian comedian Shappi Khorsandi grabbed the comedy world’s attention with her original sell-out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker. Both feisty and flirty, she softens a razor sharp wit with a deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm.

Her Fringe debut led to numerous television appearances, including Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, Lenny’s Britain and The Big Read. She has also become a regular on Radio 4 shows, with credits from Quote Unquote and The Unbelievable Truth to her own series Shappi Talk. She’s also been seen on Live at the Apollo, Genius, Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Shappi has also taken part in the iconic television & live show for Amnesty International, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, as well as several series of Live At The Apollo & Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

She is proud of being a “spit & sawdust” stand-up & one of her favourite things is pulling on her wellies, trudging through muddy fields, and performing at every music festival which has a comedy tent – from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party.

Shappi has received an honorary doctorate from Winchester University for her contribution to the arts and recently received the prestigious James Joyce award from Dublin University. She is also currently hoping to receive an apology from Ealing Council for consistently failing to remove her bins on time.

Angela Barnes 

Angela Barnes has appeared on the small screen and airwaves numerous times. Her telly credits include Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week, Stand Up For The Week & Russell Howard’s Good New – and has also featured on The News Quiz and The Now Show for BBC Radio 4.

“Brilliantly funny” – SARAH MILLICAN

“She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” – THE GUARDIAN

“A beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation” – CHORTLE

Emman Idama

Nigerian-born Irish citizen Emman Idama started his comedy career while still at school – much to the dismay of his teachers.  Now a regular on the club circuit, Emman has performed at the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and Longitude. He has also appeared on RTE’s Republic of Telly and The Year That’s In It (in 2014 and 2015), and on Des Bishop’s This Is Ireland in 2016.

“Charming and energetic… panache and charm to spare” – Chortle

Barry Castagnola 

Comedian, actor and writer Barry Castagnola has firmly established himself as an accomplished comic performer. He has been performing stand-up in the UK and internationally for over 6 years since blagging his way onto the stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His easy-going (yet very physical) style, mixing personal anecdotes with some sharp topical and political comment, enthuses audiences at most of the major comedy clubs in the UK. As well as being a popular compere, Barry regularly headlines gigs around the UK. He has performed in New York, Ireland, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, Glastonbury and The Reading Festival. TV stand-up credits include Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and The Stand Up Show (BBC1)

“A confident, likeable comic … it’s his self deprecating bemusement at his own diary entries, overblown song lyrics, home videos and vintage possessions that holds this show together and provides the most hilarity” – Metro

This show is 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 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, Cat Laughs Kilkenny, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montréal Just for Laughs, Karl was a resident writer for Republic of Telly and still is for countless other comedians.



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