Karl Spain and friends will brighten the gloom of lockdown with a virtual gig this Friday.

Comedy KARLnival online show with Karl Spain and friends

After a successful first outing of the year on January 22 last, the Comedy KARLnival online gig returns this Friday (February 5) evening, presented by Róisín Dubh Comedy.

Joining Karl on stage this week are Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, online sensation Bernard Casey, and Aideen McQueen, a So You Think You’re Funny? finalist at the Edinburgh Festival.

With his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord, Al Murray is one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK. For over 20 years he has filled arenas around the world, won numerous awards and accolades, and has successfully hosted an array of TV series.

At the other end of the spectrum, Bernard Casey, who hails from a fishing village in south Kerry, is a brand new type of comic – young and rural but very much a 21st century man. His witty observations of young men trying to pull in nightclubs, boy racers, the Irish and French oral and a wildly off-topic tale of his insane jealousy of his dog keeps audiences laughing out loud yet engaged in the silly scenarios he weaves. Bernard is now one of Ireland's top online stars.

Aideen McQueen, meanwhile, is one of the country's finest female stand-ups having reached the final of the “funny Funny” comedy competition after just her third gig. She then started to gig all over Ireland in clubs such as The International and The Laughter Lounge, and reached the semi-finals of the national new act competition So You Think You’re Funny? at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.

Tickets for Friday's show are available from www.roisindubh.net now. There are two ticket types.

The VIP Front Row ticket (€10) lets you be part of the action live as you get to have your mic and camera on, so you’re visible to comics and your laughter adds to the atmosphere of the show. You also get access to an extra 30 minutes of laughs pre-show in the Green Room with Karl.

The Observer ticket (€8) allows you to watch the action but not join in. You can watch on the private YouTube live stream. With this option, you can carry on with your conversations or let the baby cry or the dog bark away without ruining the show for everyone else.

The VIP ticket lets you in at 7.30 p.m. and the Observer ticket allows you entry for the 8 p.m. live show start.

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