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Coming up: Belfast Comedy Festival 2016, September 28 to October 9

Jenny Eclair plays The MAC in Belfast as part of this year's Belfast Comedy Festival

THE Belfast Comedy Festival will return for its fifth year later this month, bringing 150 comic performers to the city across 70 events at 20 different venues.

This year's participants include Jenny Eclair, Sam Simmons, Lou Sanders, Tom Slade, Sarah Kendall, the Horne Section, Trygve Wakenshaw, Damian Clarke, Rob Auton, and Bec Hill.

Local comic talent is also well represented, with shows featuring Tim McGarry, Maria Connolly, Paul Currie, Paddy McDonnell, Victoria Armstrong and Sean Hegarty.

The festival will also showcase Belfast's comedy clubs and a range of homegrown comedians and performers such as Peter E Davidson, George Firehorse, Sara Jade Davidson, David Quinn, Terry McHugh, Terry Keys, Adam Turns and Mary Flanigan

Local sketch group Those Who Can't will perform their new show and there will be a murder-mystery-themed cabaret show in association with Crazy Cat comedy productions.

Tenx9 will showcase the best comic stories from their recent events and a series of short comedy films will be screened by Film Devour in The Black Box.

The festival also features a walking tour, the hit play Two Sore Legs, a talk by clowning legend Philippe Gaulier, a lecture on the history of music hall in Belfast, kids comedy events, workshops on 'laughter yoga' and comedy improvisation.

:: Tickets and full programme at Belfastcomedyfestival.com

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