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The Real Irish Comedy Fest, Santa Cruz

Sunday, March 10th @ 7:30 pm

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and is coming to a Bay Area location near you!

San Francisco | Oakland | San Jose | Mill Valley | Santa Cruz | Monterey | Santa Rosa |

8th: The Battery Club, San Francisco (private event)

9th: Flamingo Winery, Santa Rosa

10th: Kuumbwa Jazz Club, Santa Cruz

12th: Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

14th: San Jose Improv

15th: Folktale Winery, Monterey

17th: St. Patrick’s Day @ Cobbs Comedy Club, San Francisco


Sean Finnerty is based in NYC and originally from Longford. Sean was selected for Comedy Central’s Up Next competition and as a semi-finalist in both the 2014 Florida’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2014 Charleston Comedy Festival. Sean has also been on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon and has worked alongside touring headliners such as Dan Cummins, Mick Foley, Tommy Johnagin, Shane Mauss, Sean Patton, Rich Vos, Bobby Slayton, Mark Normand, Joe List, Maronzio Vance, Ben Kronberg, and Dustin Diamond.

Maureen Langan was named one of the “Ten Standout Stand-ups Worth Watching” by Backstage Magazine. She is also a TED speaker and an award-winning broadcast journalist. She can be heard every Sunday night hosting Hangin’ with Langan, a live, three-hour talk show on San Francisco’s premier radio station KGO. She has dished with the likes of Howard Stern, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, Sandra Bernhard, and John Cleese. Maureen’s skills as a comic and journalist make her a popular contributor on the talk show circuit, including HLN, CBS, FOX and MSNBC.

Ger Staunton quickly became a regular headline act on the Irish Comedy circuit and has already been described by the International Comedy Club in Dublin as “One of the best comedy writers in Ireland.” His material is meticulously crafted and delivered in the kind of playful, tongue-in-cheek style that endears him to audiences of all ages and demographics. Staunton has been performing all over Ireland and the UK as well as just finishing a 7-city European tour and is currently working towards his 3rd Edinburgh Fringe Festival show.

“Incredibly funny” – The Examiner. “One of the best comedy writers in Ireland. An absolute stand out.” – The International Comedy Club

Dave Nihill: Based in California and originally from Dublin, Dave is an an NPR featured storyteller, bestselling author, winner of the 43rd annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, and runner up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. His work has been featured in Inc, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Today FM, and on TV3.

Katie Boyle, based and originally from Co. Kildare Katie is a regular at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway, Greenwich, Creek and the Cave and refuses to say ‘third’ on stage. She has toured multiple states and was featured in the Hartford and Albany Funnybones. Generally she talks extensively about her journey through American culture and her insane murderous family! A festival favourite she was in The Women in Comedy Festival, the Cinderblock festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Festival, Asheville Comedy Festival and the Kansas City Irish Festival.

Mark Hayes has been dubbed “Ireland’s craziest and wittiest comedian and writer, a poet at times.” Saying that he has also been called the “runt of Irish literature” so take your pick. He is the author of three books including RanDumb: The Adventures of an Irish Guy in LA which was number one on Amazon Humour, he also writes a weekly column about life in LA for the Irish Examiner. Mark runs his own weekly show every Friday night at the Laugh Factory and can be found performing all over LA and around the country opening for Chris D’Elia.


Sunday, March 10th
7:30 pm
Event Categories:
The Real Irish Comedy Fest


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar St,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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(831) 427-2227