Belfast Comedy Festival also known as ‘Belly Laughs’ is Belfast’s only dedicated comedy festival and it runs from 28 September to 9 October – 12 days.
It is the largest showcase of international and local humour in Northern Ireland with performers from Australia, New Zealand, and France.
There are approximately 70 events involving over 150 performers in 20 venues across the city.
Belfast Comedy Festival is a registered charity and non-profit organisation established in 2011. It is volunteer-led with no staff or high administration costs.
This is the fifth year of the festival with funding provided by the small grant programmes managed by Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities.
Belfast Comedy Festival provides great value for audiences. Most events are £7 or under with 13 free events.
Belfast Comedy Festival attract tourists and new home grown audiences to support comedy venues and the night time economy across the city.
Belfast Comedy Festival strives to entertain, inspire and inform through stand up, cabaret, improvisation, film, music, sketches, theatre, open mic competitions, storytelling, workshops, seminars, club nights, kids events and walking tours.
Belfast Comedy Festival is inclusive with events programmed this year for older people, children, and the LGBT community.
The festival will also explore the rich comic history of the city through seminars and a walking tour of music halls and theatres.
The festival will provide a learning platform for people interested in comedy performance.
Belfast Comedy Festival aims to support and nurture local talent, both within the festival programme, and by profiling the city’s comedy clubs all year round.