If you’ve got it .. Haunt it!

31st October 2020
Ghouls just wanna have fun and so do we at D-Sante Bar this Halloween night. Join Count Fangdango, Count Dracula’s grandson for a house warming party as he moves into Castle Dracula. Meet his weird and bloodthirsty friends … or should that be fiends as they celebrate his new home. Will Luna Lestrange cast a spell on him or Diablo Dave buy his soul take the magnificent home as his own. Here’s hoping that the guest Ghost of Gobshyte will finally tell the truth about all the secrets that the Castle has held for centuries!

To book your tickets online, click here >>

Ahoy there … the Crazy Cat Crew are back ..

What a year 2020 has been and now that we can socialise a bit more, no better chance to get the crew together and bring back our much loved Murder Mystery nights.

Being on the south coast of Spain, we decided to kick off with a pirate night theme. Fancy dress will be optional so don’t be afraid to pull out your best swashbuckling rags and adorn yourself with gems and pearls from your treasure chest. The best dressed scallywags will get a Captain’s prize while the rest may have to walk the plank.

Join us on 20th September at D-Sante Bar, La Marina village as Captain Gaspasser sets sail on the good ship Flatulence. Hoping to win the heart of the beautiful Pearl of Santa Pola, he sets sail from Jamaica to bring her family some gems and booty to impress her father. However his rival Captain Bigmast, a DJ of a pirate radio station OAAARRR FM may be broadcasting other ideas.

For enquiries: Tel: 684169664 or book your tickets online here >>

Comedy Industry Conference

Northern Ireland Comedy Industry Conference
Saturday, 7 October 2017
The Mac, Belfast
Sponsored by Equity, Belfast City Council, Arts Council NI & ASM
Tickets available from: www.belfastcomedyfestival.com

Introduction
As part of Belfast Comedy Festival, a special conference examining the comedy industry in Northern Ireland has been organised with key partners on 7 October in the Mac.
The aim of this event is to review the current state of the comedy industry in Northern Ireland and consider ways in which we can better support performers, writers, event organisers and other practitioners.

During the conference, we will share practical advice and skills on how to make it in this complex industry. Come along and meet useful contacts, attend a range of informative workshops and hear from some of the most successful local industry figures. We will also get an opportunity to debate what is needed to support performers and further develop the local comedy scene.

At the end of the event
• Participants will have had an opportunity to network, develop new knowledge and skills in order to develop their performances and careers in the comedy industry.
• Proposals and ideas for improving support to performers and the comedy industry will have been generated hopefully resulting in long term benefits for the arts, tourism and entertainment in Northern Ireland.
After the event, a conference report will be published online.

Programme
10.00 Introductions & welcome
10.15 Supporting comedy in Northern Ireland – perspectives from leading figures in the arts and comedy worlds, chaired by Graeme Watson with panelists including:
• Adam Adnyana, National Organiser, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Equity
• Bec Hill, performer
• Simon Magill, Creative Director, The Mac
• Peter Davidson, performer and promoter
• Belfast City Council representative (TBC).
11.30 Break
11.45 Workshops

1. How To Stand Out in Stand Up. This workshop will focus on finding your niche and exploring other avenues for your USP, including Twitter, YouTube, and specialist events. This workshop is best suited for comedians with some experience who are still looking for their voice, but is open to anyone of any level in any artistic field. – Bec Hill
2. How to look after your mental health.A look at why our flow of creativity is essential for the mental health of comedy performers and their audiences – Victoria Armstrong
3. Comedy and ‘the Troubles’. The role of comedy in conflict situations – Tim Miles

1.00 Lunch
1.45 Finding and building your audience – Audiences NI
3.00 Workshops
1. The future of Belfast Comedy Festival – ideas on taking it forward – Peter O’Neill
2. EdFringe: making it work for you – Paul Currie
3. Equity Comedians’ Network – Adam Adnyana
4.15 Plenary and what’s next
5.00 Close

Registration
Please register before 5pm, 3 October 2017 on our website
Registration fee £5

For further information, please contact
Peter O’Neill
Belfast Comedy Festival
info@belfastcomedyfestival.com

 

 

Laughter in the Park in Chester

Laughter in the Park

Join us for a special laughter yoga session on 3rd Sept 2017 at Grosvenor Park at 2pm.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine which combines unconditional
laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can laugh without relying
on humour, jokes or comedy. Laughter is initially simulated as a physical exercise
while maintaining eye contact with others in the group and promoting childlike
playfulness. In most cases this soon leads to real and contagious laughter.

Science has proved that the body cannot differentiate between simulated and
real laughter. Laughter Yoga is the only technique that allows adults to achieve
sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It bypasses the
intellectual systems that normally act as a brake on natural laughter.

Health Benefits

  1. Laughter yoga teaches you to laugh even if you are not in the mood to laugh.

This is because your brain does not the difference between real laughter or if you are faking it.
From a medical point of view, the most important component of laughing, whether fake or real is taking deep breaths and all breath means an intake of oxygen.

Dr. Otto Warburg, President, Institute of Cell Physiology and Nobel Prize Winner
(Dr. Warburg is the only person ever to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine twice and be nominated for a third), said about the importance of oxygen:

“Deep breathing techniques increase oxygen to the cells and are the most important
factors in living a disease-free and energetic life. When cells get enough oxygen,
cancer will not and cannot occur.”

  1. Laughter is like jogging for your insides

Most laughter and yogic breathing exercises are intended to stimulate the movement of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles that help activate the parasympathetic system, which is the calming branch of the autonomic nervous system. This is opposite to the sympathetic system which is the stress arousal system. The stress arousal sympathetic system can be turned of simply by learning to move the diaphragm.

  1. Laughter connects people

People who laugh together form a bond more quickly, resulting in a
family-like bond, providing social interaction which is essential
for happiness. The goal of Laughter Yoga is to connect people with one another
at heart level without judgment and that is the true meaning of any yoga practise.  It is also ideal for all ages from children age 4 or 5 to adults aged 55 plus, depending on their health of course.

  1. Laughter promotes a positive mental attitude

With regular practice one can develop a positive mental attitude which will help people go through challenging times or when it is difficult to laugh physically. This Inner spirit of laughter is your ability to stay alive and in a positive mental state despite all challenges. Laughter Yoga
can improve physical health, release negative thoughts and emotions, and helps
to get in touch with your spiritual nature.  It also helps to develop an attitude of
forgiveness, generosity, compassion, and helpfulness while actively seeking the
happiness of others.

So how do you book a laughter yoga session?

We hold laughter yoga classes regularly in all parts of the UK.  As we are limited with spaces please book or reserve in advance>> 

Bring your own bottle for our comedy afternoon

If you’re looking for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon in Belfast  then join us on board the Belfast Barge  with the Bring your own Bottle comedy club.

Just as the name suggests, you can bring your own bottle of your favourite tipple, any snacks you like and we supply the cups, plus there’s no charge for corkage.

All you have to do sit back and relax and enjoy a great line up of local and national comedians.

Doors open 2pm and tickets can be booked in advance here >>

 

A Comedy Celebration of IWD for 6th Year Running

We kick off our comedy year once again with our annual all female comedy show for the 6th year running to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Come aboard the Belfast Barge and celebrate local comedians including Sara Jade Davidson, Mary Flanigan, Debstar and Victoria Garret.   Our night will be headlined by The Twisted Sisters who will end the night on a funny note literally with their fantastic range of comedy songs including big knickers and their love song ‘How can I tell you that I miss you .. if you won’t f**k off?’  All these she-nanigans hosted by the marvellous MC Mags White.

Doors open at 8pm and it’s Bring your own drink.

Tickets are £10 so join us on 8th March by booking your tickets online here>>

Comedy Celebration for IWD 2017

November’s line up at the Crazy Cat Comedy Club

This month on the barge, we are delighted to have Mustafa Saed headlining.  Mustafa is active on the the comedy scene in both the north and south of Ireland.  He has also studied improv with Chicago’s Second City comedy troup and more recently he was asked to give a talk at a London Medical Conference to GP’s about the value of Improv when dealing with patients.  He is also committed to his Brazilian Ju Jitsu practise which keeps him fit so in his own words, he puts the slim in Muslim!

Supporting Mustafa are Sara Jade Davidson who recently performed her first one woman show at the Belfast Comedy Festival and Joel Katzen who will appease those who like their comedy mixed with nerdiness!  We are also delighted to have Debstar, an Australian comic who has been on the NI circuit for 3 years and is currently touring the UK with a colleague to bring comedy to social workers.   A great mix of entertaining and varied  acts to say the least.  The evening is hosted by Victoria E Armstrong.

Doors open 8pm and it’s BYO.  Tickets are £7 and can be booked online here >>

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More Murder Mystery fun for Christmas on the Belfast Barge

After the sell out of our 1920’s themed murder mystery night for the Belfast Comedy Festival in October, we are back again with our Christmas themed show ‘Won’t you pull my sleigh tonight?’ on Fri 2nd December.

Grab your Christmas sweater, mistletoe and while you sip on your egg nog or mulled wine, join Santa and his team as they have a Not-So-Silent night investigating a death in Santa’s grotto!

Doors open 8pm and it’s BYOB!  Fancy dress is optional but we will give prizes to the best fancy dress costume.

Tickets are £17 and includes a Santa buffet supper.  These events tend to sell out quickly so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets can be booked online here >>

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Laughs on the Lagan at the Belfast Barge

Due to popular demand after the Belfast Comedy Festival, we have organised another laughter yoga session on the Belfast Barge on Sunday 30th Oct at 2pm.

If you’ve never tried laughter yoga before you are in for a treat and you’re guaranteed a laugh or 20 too.

To find out more or to book your place, click here >>

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Let the Lip Sync Battle begin on the Belfast Barge!

So while we’re still cooling off after the Belfast Comedy Festival, we’ve already started back to business as usual and planning the launch of our lip sync battle show.  If you’ve always felt hindered on karaoke nights by your lack of ability to sing then this is the perfect show for you.

If you haven’t a clue what a lip sync is, here’s a video from the Jimmy Fallon show in the US  that helped it’s rise to popularity ….

Join us as we have 6 competitors go head to head in this fantastically funny and entertaining show.    Here’s a pic from our last show in August 2016!

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We are looking for 6 people to perform on the night so if you are up for the banter as your favourite act, contact us via our contact page here >>

If you are  interested in coming along for a great night out with some great music, then book your tickets online here >>

Lip sync battle on the Belfast Barge