#GCF21 Opening Gala Livestream

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Galway Comedy Festival kicks off on Tuesday October 19th, and with shows right through to Monday 25th, excitement is mounting in the City of the Tribes. With 45 shows over 7 days and fun-filled nights, Galway really is the place to be this October bank holiday weekend. 

Over 80 artists are heading west to bring the chuckles, chortles and cheers in 8 of the city's finest venues… and a bus. The festival’s Opening Gala on Tuesday Oct 19th in the Black Box Theatre is already sold out, but fear not, you can still celebrate the start of #GCF21 and see Ardal O’Hanlon, Rich Hall, Emma Doran, Aideen McQueen and host Andrew Maxwell from the comfort of your own couch! 

Over the last 18 months of (however many) lockdowns, Team GCF gained lots of technical know-how during their many internationally-streamed events and have decided to put that knowledge to good use by livestreaming the Opening Gala. And best of all - the livestream ticket proceeds are going to Irish mental health charity Let’s Get Talking, who provide access to professional counselling & psychotherapy to those in need - regardless of financial circumstances. 

Your Line-Up


The star of Death in Paradise (BBC One), Father Ted (Channel 4) and My Hero (BBC One), Ardal O’Hanlon is one of these islands’ leading stand-up comedians and actors. He has received British Comedy Award, BAFTA and Olivier nominations, toured worldwide with his acclaimed stand-up shows - and appeared in numerous TV shows from Dr. Who (BBC One) and Skins (E4) to Live at the Apollo (BBC Two).

“Displays a proficiency of delivery which puts him well ahead of the pack. He is a complete joy to watch, planting the sort of silly images that bump around in your head forever” - The Guardian


Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick-fire banter with audiences. This is a comedian who’s plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe. Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland.

“Blissfully funny” - The Guardian


Aideen is one of Ireland’s top female stand-ups, having reached the final of the ‘Funny Funny’ comedy competition after just her third gig. She also reached the semi-finals of the national new act competition ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ held at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.

“Aideen McQueen is one of Ireland's top stand ups” - International Comedy Club


Emma has performed at some of the country’s best and biggest venues like 3Arena, Vicar St and the Olympia Theatre. You’ve also seen her  on the telly, honestly (Bridget and Eamonn, Saturday Night with Ray D’Arcy Show, plus other bits and bobs). She’s also gone more than a bit viral in recent months with her stand up and sketches being shared online all over the world.

“One of the hottest young stars in Irish comedy” - Irish Independent

Your host


Last seen on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Andrew Maxwell is also the very recognisable voice of MTV’s hit show "Ex on the Beach" (now on series 11), and on BBC Radio 4 as the host of Andrew Maxwell’s Public Enemies and as a regular on R4’s News Quiz. He also won Celebrity Mastermind with the specialist subject of Lebanon (which he knew nothing about 6 months before the recording).

“…a master-class in mirth. Sublime timing, relaxed delivery style, killer punch-lines: the holy trinity of stand-up are all present and correct. Go see a craftsman at work” - Herald ★★★★★

Who You're Helping

Let’s Get Talking provide counselling and psychotherapy on a non-set fee nationwide.  Our non-set fee ensures no one is excluded from accessing support due to their financial circumstances.

With a focus on early intervention, we support adults and children (over 10 years of age) in relation to a wide range of issues ranging from depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, addiction, trauma, bullying, eating disorders, parenting issues, and family breakdown support.

We envision a society, where psychological support through talk therapy is an accessible and viable option for all citizens no matter their financial circumstances.

We have a team of over 100 professional, caring, counsellors and psychotherapists qualified in a range of therapeutic approaches, supporting, and guiding clients in addressing the difficulties they are experiencing in life every step of the way.

In 2020, Let’s Get Talking provided 14,504 counselling and psychotherapy sessions to Children, Adolescents, Adults and Couples in Ireland. 

Since covid 19, we have seen a 53% increase in demand for our service. When you donate to Let’s Get Talking, you are supporting people in our community in distress. Your support matters. 

Every €30 raised for our vital service helps cover the cost of a counselling session for someone in our community, preventing crisis.

You can contact our service without a referral and there is no limit to the amount of sessions provided to you. To date, we have supported local communities through therapy, workshops and programmes both online and face to face.

To book an appointment, visit www.letsgettalking.ie or call 0818 714 001. 


Explore the full #GCF21 programme over on www.galwaycomedyfestival.ie

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