Comedy night at The Empire.

Get your laughing gear on and check out Northern Ireland’s top venues for mirth and merriment.

If you love a good chuckle, here’s where to go.

Monday Night Comedy Club

The weekly stand-up comedy nights at The Pavilion Bar on Belfast’s Ormeau Road are where established acts (Shane Todd, Colin Geddis) mix with the stars of tomorrow. Everybody gets 7 – 10 minutes, capped off with a longer set from a headliner. Top American comedian Rich Hall has been a surprise turn up.


The Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club

Having featured just about every major UK and Irish headliner, and many international stand up artists, Belfast’s longest-running comedy club never fails in the laughter department. Hosted every Tuesday by BBC TV’s Blame Game regulars Jake O’Kane and Colin Murphy, with occasional guest hosts, it’s always a side-splitting night out at The Empire.


Queen’s Comedy Club

The likes of Peter Kay, Bill Bailey, Sarah Millican, Jason Byrne and Ardal O’Hanlon have played this Wednesday night venue over the years, and the new breed of Irish comedy stars are getting the laughs too. Compered by Colin Murphy, the line-up at the Queen's Comedy Club is always varied and the great Belfast crowd are always up for a gut-busting laugh. If you are too, you’ll love it.


Mason’s Comedy Club

Have a great night and see some of the best names in the business at Derry~Londonderry’s rambunctious comedy club in Mason’s Bar. The mayhem on Magazine Street is down to a mix of new and well-known acts, which have included Edinburgh Fringe favourite Bec Hill, and Bangor-born Sara Jade Davidson. It runs every second Thursday, with Micky Bartlett, Terry McHugh and Rory McSwiggan among the king MCs.


Lavery’s Comedy Club

Join resident compere Colin Geddis and guests for hoots of hysterics at Lavery's Comedy Club, another fine part of Belfast’s cultural offering. This one showcases the cream of local talent and the fastest-rising stars on the live stand-up circuit. It’s on the first and third Wednesday of every month, and when a comic stands up to crack a few jokes, the Mister Tom’s Lounge crowd laughs loud.