Late-night fun with the Cat Laughs

Laughs are set to continue late into the night at Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival this Bank Holiday weekend.

Laughs are set to continue late into the night at Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival this Bank Holiday weekend.

“With a plethora of exciting acts taking to the stage across the city, the fun is set to continue into the wee hours, so kiss your beauty sleep goodbye this June bank holiday weekend!” say those behind the festival.

Friday night will see Limerick gangster rappers The Rubberbandits take over Langton’s from midnight. Their cult Christmas hit Horse Outside had over 100,000 iTunes downloads and was viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.

On Saturday, favourite Galway son and current king of the breakfast airways, Hector, picks up the late-night baton from the ’Bandits with a gig in the Ormonde Hotel at 10.30pm, featuring fellow night owls Ardal O’Hanlon, Rich Hall and Tim Vine.

If that isn’t enough to keep comedy fans lit, then they can head to musical phenomenon Abandoman’s solo show at 10pm on Sunday in the Ormonde Venue Bar. This spontaneous hip-hop duo improvises sketches at lightning speed, making each show a unique lyrical masterpiece. They were the hot ticket at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Those still keeping up the pace can then cool their heels downstairs at the Ormonde Hotel with the exclusive Cat Laughs Festival Club on Saturday and Sunday from midnight till late. Saturday night features Dead Cat Bounce doing their bootlegs set plus a DJ, and Sunday night features tunes from DJ Sally Foran and late bar. (Tickets for these are limited release only, and access is strictly for those aged 21 and over.)

It’s all on the way this weekend as the 17th annual Cat Laughs Comedy Festival comes to Kilkenny from Thursday through the Bank Holiday Monday.

For the full lineup, see www.thecatlaughs.com.