Father Ted star set for comedy night at The Braid Theatre

It’s been a while now since there has been a comedy night in the Braid Theatre Ballymena, but two men are determined to bring back nights of laughter to the town.

Wednesday, 10th July 2013, 11:30 am

Paddy McGaughey, of the Braid Comedy Club, and Alan Burns, of Cookstown Sizzling Comedy Club, have both got together to make this happen.

“We were gigging together one night and Alan suggested we both put our heads together and get comedy back in Ballymena again,” Paddy said.

Alan’s Cookstown Sizzling Comedy Club has risen very quickly from humble beginnings in Cookstown to now having comedy nights all over Northern Ireland.

The club has gone from strength to strength with regular bar nights.

“There has also been the theatre tour “The Next Steps Comedy Tour” which recently had Colin Murphy of the BBC’s the Blame Game at a sell out night in The Mac theatre in Belfast which of course was fantastic,” Alan said.

Paddy added: “Alan and myself are very passionate about comedy and want the whole country to realise what comedy talent is out there, just because these guys all haven’t been on TV yet doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be.”

The first night of the new adventure of comedy starts on Friday, July 19 and what a line up of laughs it will be, with the one and only Michael Redmond AKA Father Stone of Father Ted.

From young to old everyone has seen Father Ted at some stage and Michael’s unique comedy style is not to be missed.

There will also be the very best of local talent with Justin McNally of the BBC’s The Empire Strikes back, the up and coming Mark Charles, plus Paddy and Alan doing what they do best as well.

So if you want a night of belly-busting laughs check out the full details at The Braid website or why not follow the Braid Comedy Club and 
Cookstown Sizzling Comedy Club on Facebook to keep up to date with all that is happening.

If you can’t make the July 19 you can always see more comedy on July 26 in Antrim in The Back Shed. Or for anyone who is over in Edinburgh the whole month of August, why not come see Cookstown Sizzling Comedy Club’s 
Itishtocrats Of Comedy show.


The Ballymena and Antrim Times has a pair of tickets to the comedy show at The Braid on July 19 to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send your name, address and telephone number to Comedy Club competition, Ballymena and Antrim Times, 22-24 Ballymoney Street, Ballymena, BT43 6AL. You can also email your details to [email protected] Closing date is July 16.

Normal Morton Newspapers competition rules apply.