Laughter is the best medicine.
No really; that’s not just a saying; actual studies show there’s some truth to it.
In fact, a good giggle can lower your blood pressure, help you fight colds and ‘flu and send feel-good endorphins whizzing around your body… and that’s even before you get a pint in your hand.
What better way to forget the worries of the week than by having your funny bone tickled by some of Cork’s finest jokesters?
Here are four Cork comedy clubs to check out now:
1. The Comedy Cavern at Coughlan’s
An alternative comedy club, The Comedy Cavern pops up at Coughlans pub on Douglas Street every Tuesday.
Some gigs are open mics, some feature the best of ‘Pure Cork’ comedy and they also run preview nights where acts try out material ahead of Edinburgh. Stick around and you might even see comics like Joe Rooney, Al Lubel, Joanne McNally, Gearoid Farrelly and Danny O’Brien grace the stage.
The best bit? Most gigs are free in – just pay what you think the show is worth at the end. Follow Coughlan’s on Facebook for updates on the week’s line-up.
2. City Limits
There’s no doubt about it; the original is still the best for nabbing the comics of the moment and dragging them (kicking and screaming) to Cork.
City Limits has been in the funny business on Coburg Street since the Nineties, with comedians like Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne and Colin Murphy performing some of their earliest gigs there.
You can usually get tickets at the door provided you arrive before 9pm but it’s better to book them on tickets.ie. It’s a late bar too so you can rehash the funniest bits over drinks until the wee hours.
3. The CoCo Club at The Roundy
You never know who’ll pop up at The CoCo Club, just grab a seat upstairs at The Roundy any Monday or Wednesday before 9pm and see what happens.
This is a spot where up-and-coming comedians like to hone their craft so you can guarantee you’ll be getting your funny served fresh. See what’s coming up at the Castle Street venue here.
4. The Wonky Donkey at the Mardyke
The city’s newest comedy venue, a night at The Wonky Donkey at the Mardyke comes with two handy extras; the bar is extensive (ideal if you like fancy G&Ts) and the price includes dinner at Holy Smoke.
A €38 ticket gets you a two course meal (and some of the best pit-smoked BBQ ribs in town, FYI) and a full line-up of entertainment dished up by Ross Browne and Mike Morgan.
There’s a €28 option that includes finger food too – check it out and book your tickets here.