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Stendhal announces annual punchline parade 

Stephen K. Amos to headline Stendhal Comedy Programme

The multi-award-winning Stendhal Festival has announced the comedy line-up for this year’s event, taking place at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, on July 4th to 6th and it’s safe to say that visitors this year are all set for a side-splitting, pant wetting, good time.

Headlined by Stephen K. Amos, the bill also includes a plethora of established and up and coming acts from Northern Ireland, including Paddy Raff and Vittorio Angelone.

Stephen K. Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material.

Having appeared regularly across the Stage, TV, Radio and Film since he broke through, Stephen K. Amos has become one of the most critically acclaimed stand ups of his generation, with a myriad of awards from comedy festivals all over the world to his name, not to mention his Bafta and Richard Prior Award nominations. 

Comfortable as a performer, presenter, actor and guest, there is no doubt that Stephen K. Amos will retain his position as one of the nation’s favourite comedians for a long time to come.

Topping the bill of home-grown acts is the inimitable Paddy Raff.

Belfast-born Paddy went from open-mic in 2018 to beginning a record breaking 5-night sell-out arena run in 2020. From 2020 to 2022 he won 2 awards for his BBC1 NI comedy sketch TV series ‘The Paddy Raff Show’. 

In his unprecedented first two years in comedy, Paddy established himself as one of the biggest comedians in Northern Ireland amassing a huge following across social media (currently over 250K+) which spread to the UK and beyond during the pandemic, with a string of viral hits that led to him being dubbed ‘the comedy star of the Coronavirus Lockdown’ by The Irish Times.

Also performing at Stendhal this year is the acerbic Irish-Italian Vittorio Angelone 

Edinburgh Fringe Festival award nominee, Vittorio is an Italian Irish comedian who grew up in Belfast. After moving to London to train as a classical musician he eventually made the predictable switch to stand-up comedy. 

He has risen through the ranks of the comedy world at an incredible speed, building a following with stand-up clips, podcasts and sketches amassing millions of views online. 

He has supported huge names on tour including Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Adam Rowe, Shane Todd, and Dan Nightingale.

In 2022 he sold out his debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the prestigious Dave Comedy Awards.

He has been seen on BBC One, Channel 4, TVI Podcast, and as a guest and guest co-host of the Have a Word Podcast.

Joining them on the comedy bill are a brilliant mix of up-and-coming Northern Irish stand-ups, who have been curated especially for Stendhal by Yeo Magazine.

The Yeo Comedy club portion of the programme will be MCed by Brónagh NicAoidh and will feature the hilarious talents of Jazmynne Sierra, Alan Irwin, Ciaran Franco, Talal Jomar and Bronagh Diamond.

Stendhal Festival Director Ross Parkhill said: “We have a great history of bringing the cream of the crop in UK and Northern Irish stand-up to the festival and this year we are delighted that a Bonafede UK Comedy legend in Stephen K. Amos is headlining our comedy bill.

“We are also pleased to continue our tradition of showcasing some of the very best established and up and coming talent from Northern Ireland. Our Comedy scene here is thriving at the moment and acts like Paddy Raff and Vittorio Angelone are big reasons why.

Ross concluded: “We are also pleased to be working for the first time this year with Yeo Magazine who have put together a brilliant showcase of up-and-coming talent for our Stendhal comedy club. We certainly have a big weekend of laughs in store.”

For more information visit www.stendhalfestival.com

Stendhal Festival would not be possible each year without the fantastic support of our partners and Sponsors, including:

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council:

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has supported Stendhal Festival every year since the council came into being in 2014. Previously Stendhal availed of the Tourism Large Events Fund, however this year Council Funding arrived in the form of the Tourism Events Recovery Fund, which was set up as a response to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland.

Help Musicians NI: As the leading independent charity for musicians, Help Musicians UK is proud to have had a dedicated office for Northern Ireland since 2016. HMNI offers practical, positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians – whatever the genre.

Alchemy Technology Services: Alchemy Technology Services is a global centre of excellence for insurance software implementation and professional services, supporting the digitisation of the insurance industry. 

JANS Group Established in 2019 The JANS Group is a dynamic customer-centric manufacturing company. The Group includes ETRUX, JANS Composites, JANS Modular, JANS Lifestyle, Bespoke and blueMac.

Stephen K. Amos

Stephen K Amos has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material.

A gifted actor, Amos has impressed critics with his performances on stage and screen and has proved he is one of the most unique comedy voices of his generation but demonstrated a penchant for drama roles.  Stephen will be starring in the sequel to a Blockbuster Cult Classic due to be released later this year.  Comfortable as a performer, presenter, actor and guest, there is no doubt that Amos will retain his position as one of the nation’s favourite comedians for a long time to come.

Vittorio Angelone

Vittorio Angelone is an Italian Irish comedian who grew up in Belfast. After moving to London to train as a classical musician he eventually made the predictable switch to stand-up comedy.  He has risen through the ranks of the comedy world at an incredible speed, building a following with stand-up clips, podcasts and sketches amassing millions of views online. 

Brónagh NicAoidh MC: 

Bronagh is a story telling comedian and MC born and reared in West Belfast. Her no holds barred comedy style has left audiences impressed all over the UK and Ireland. 

She talks about everything from politics to life experience in a way that’ll make you laugh. Founder and resident host of The Laugh Chapel Comedy Club, Brónagh has helped raise thousands for local charities through the regular comedy club in Voodoo.

Jazmynne Sierra: 

Jazmyne is an up-and-coming American comedian who started her comedy in Philadelphia, but in the past few years has found a home here in the N.I Comedy scene.  Since arriving, she has been on ITV’s Secrets of the Comedy Circuit, BBC’s Stand up from the Sunflower, and was recently awarded Comedy Hub’s N.I Comedian of the year!  She is now excited and looking forward to making her Stendhal debut.

Alan Irwin: 

Alan Irwin has performed stand-up across the UK and Ireland since 2010. He is a former Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist, star of BBC NI’s “Soft Border Patrol” and the writer and star of Radio Ulster’s “Johnny Tombola: Out Now!”

Ciaran Franco: 

Ciaran Franco (Show me the Funny finalist, BBC Sounds, Laverys comedy club, The Empire) is a new face on the Irish Scene but has quickly taken to it. Known for his off the cuff, bumbling observational style, his humour has seen him do support for Johnny Bow Ian Thomson and Peter McGann. Ciaran done a joint show ‘Speakeasy’ in The Sunflower in August 2022 selling back-to-back sold out shows before taking it on the road to Newry. Following on from this Ciaran performed his first sold out solo show ‘Mooncat’ in July. More recently he has played highly rated venues of Lavery’s Comedy Club and The Empire

Bronagh Diamond: 

Hailing from West Belfast, Bronagh has become a fan favourite on the scene with her quick wit and hilarious charm. Bronagh is recently finished her first tour with hilarious anecdotes about growing up in West Belfast. She’s played Stendhal before and is buzzing to be back. 

Talal Jomar: 

Talal Jomar has been on the comedy scene now for 2 years but is already a regular face on the circuit. Born in the Middle East to an Irish mother gives his comedy a unique take on life.  He has performed at all the major comedy clubs and most recently has done tour support for Shane Todd and Paddy Raff. He has also featured on popular podcasts Shane Todd’s Tea with me, Morning Mccarney, Deck chair and Yumz to name a few.

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