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Mar
20
Wed
Wonder Frog. Comedy Improv Night
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm

“Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)”

Mar
24
Sun
CQ Comedy Club: Marcus Keeley’s Oui Oui
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm

CQ Comedy Club: Marcus Keeley’s Oui Oui
Sunday 24 March 2019
The Green Room
3.00pm-4.30pm
Adm: £3

In a time of national uncertainty and a lifetime of patriotic nihilism, Marcus Keeley examines his affinity for all things French, hoping to find his raison d’être.

“Frighteningly funny… a very different comedy animal.” – Culture NI

“A wealth of wit and delightful absurdity … a real treat.” – The New York Comedy Night in Paris”

Mar
28
Thu
IMAGINE FESTIVAL-Tim McGarry’s Political Party
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm

Is politics getting you down? Then join Tim McGarry as he finds the funny in all things political and discusses everything from Brexit to gay cakes and from Irish language Acts to going on holiday with Ian Paisley. With a leap of fertile imagination Tim will even envisage a functioning government at Stormont.

At the end, you may never vote again or you may start your own political party.

Tim McGarry is an actor, writer, stand-up comedian and broadcaster, best known for playing the part of Da in the popular sitcom Give My Head Peace. He also presents The Blame Game on BBC NI.

Support is from Terry McHugh. Terry is a stalwart of the Irish comedy scene. The former yo-yo champion has appeared on the Blame Game and has gigged all over the country supporting Tim and Jake O’Kane on recent tours.

Doors: 7pm

Age restriction: 18+

Mar
29
Fri
Imagine! Festival-shazia mirza: Work in progress
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

Strap in for a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival in a world of crocodiles, cranks, solitary confinement and alpha males.

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows – With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2019.

“I know that 17 million people who voted leave aren’t all racist – just like you can’t blame all the Irish for Riverdance”.

In the crazy matrix of fake news and alternative facts, Shazia is once again cutting through taboos to ask why immigrants voted ‘leave’, why it’s open season on journalists and why white men are an endangered species. With women now driving in Saudi Arabia, testifying to congress and camping on the London underground, can we ever have enough time for hashtagging and foie gras?

“All these people that voted ‘leave’ because they thought that when they woke up in the morning all the brown people would be gone! They’re going to have the shock of their lives when they wake up after Brexit and we’re all still here – Nadiya’s baking all over TV, there’s still a woman in a hijab reading the news on Channel 4 and my lot are still running every kebab shop, petrol station, doctor’s surgery and post office.”

Shazia’s TV appearances include; ‘Travel Man, 48 Hours In…’ (C4), ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’ (C4), ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ (ITV), Top Gear (BBC), ‘Loose Women’ (ITV), ‘The Late Late Show’ (RTE) and she is a regular panelist on ‘The Wright Stuff’ (Channel 5). Radio includes; ‘Graham Norton Show’ (BBC), ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’ (BBC), ‘The Craig Ferguson Show’ (SiriusXM), ‘The Now Show’, ‘Saturday Live’, ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘The Robert Elms Show’ (BBC), ‘The Ian Dale Show’ (LBC) and ‘The Frank Skinner Show’ (Absolute Radio).

“Shazia Mirza is provoking laughter and large intakes of breath once again … brave and urgent.” ★★★★ The Telegraph

“As brave a piece of comedy as you’ll see.” ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

“She’s effective at getting under your skin… strikes a blow.” ★★★★ Metro

“At this moment in time – post-Brexit, post-Nice, post-Orlando – it’s on point, chilling and superb.” ★★★★ The Skinny

“The bravest thing you’ll see on a comedy stage this year… a remarkable finale.” ★★★★ Sunday Times

Support is from Sara Jade Davidson – a Bangor born comic who has been performing and writing comedy since 2011 and was a semi-finalist in So You Think You Are Funny. She has contributed to several radio projests with and was featured in Live at The Sunflower on BBC Radio Ulster. Most recently she wrote and performed for BBC tight shorts and could be seen mouthing off about Brexit on BBC Spotlight!

Running time 2.5 hours. Age 18+.

Apr
7
Sun
The Orange Ball (Rehearsed Reading)
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm

The Orange Ball (Rehearsed Reading)
APRIL 7 2019 @ 4:00 PM
THE GREEN ROOM
£5

Two villages divided, a pair of star crossed lovers, a cross-community grant and the very first all Protestant Gaelic football team. Mix them together and you get the Orange Ball.

The Infinite Jest presents a rehearsed reading of the new comedy play by Paddy McGaughey and Gerry Waldron.

“I laughed so much my face hurt!”- Muriel Burnside
“Silly jokes, crackpot characters and a wee bit of politics. What’s not to like?” – Tim McGarry
“Brilliantly funny writing. Catch it now before it’s in the Grand Opera House… then catch it again there.” – Terry McHugh

Aidan Goatley: Happy Britain Part 1
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm

Aidan Goatley: Happy Britain Part 1
Sunday 7 April @ 8pm
Black Box
Adm: £8

Is Britain happy? Aidan Goatley is on a mission to find out by touring to all 105 counties in the UK and asking, ‘What makes you happy?’

Join Aidan as he follows up his iconic show 10 Films With My Dad with this epic adventure in happiness from all 4 corners of the United Kingdom!

‘Charmingly funny’ The Scotsman

‘Riotously funny’ BroadwayBaby

‘A brilliant raconteur… Amazing’ FringeGuru.

‘Had the audience in stitches’ ThreeWeeks

‘A singular wit, highly recommended’ Edinburgh Evening News

Presented by the Infinite Jest in association with the Black Box and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

Apr
13
Sat
BFF-Pop Up Puppet Cinema
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm

The best way to describe Pop Up Puppet Cinema is like Punch and Judy colliding with Hollywood.

PPC condense classic films into live puppet shows, mocking the originals with plenty of warmth and admiration. They will be performing ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Jaws’, this is one not to be missed!

Expect puppets to take on Spielberg’s classic vision of a seaside town terrorised, a heroic salty seadog, an out-of-his-depth policeman and a giant mechanical supersized shark. All together now: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” For Part Two Pop-up puppet cinema return with Doc, Marty and a time travelling Delorean!

Please note there is a 25 min interval between shows. Each show lasts 30 mins approx.

Apr
18
Thu
BFF- Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm

An evening to celebrate the genius of this much loved TV show. Host Stephen Beggs will take you through the evening with a collection of clips, screenings of classic episodes and more.

Thanks to sharp writing and a pitch-perfect ensemble cast, Frasier became one of the smartest and funniest television shows of the 1990s. Following the 1993 demise of Cheers, Diane’s fussy psychiatrist boyfriend, Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), seemed an unlikely candidate for a spin-off series, yet the show earned smash ratings and dozens of Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor (Grammer) in the very first season. In an inspired bit of casting, Grammer was matched with David Hyde Pierce as his brother and fellow psychiatrist Niles, and the rest of the players included his radio-program manager, Roz (Peri Gilpin), his father, Marty (John Mahoney), his father’s physical therapist, Daphne (Jane Leeves), and the dog Eddie (Moose).

Apr
20
Sat
CQ Comedy Club: The Frazer Robb Vanity Project
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm

CQ Comedy Club: The Frazer Robb Vanity Project
The Green Room
3.00pm-5.30pm
Adm: £3 (pay at door)

After 10 years of comedy, Frazer Robb has finally decided it’s time he had his own show.

Part stand up show, part podcast, The Frazer Robb Vanity Project will bring you two of the brightest young comic talents each month and a whole lot of one of the oldest. Each month Frazer hosts and headlines, making it all up as he goes along. No matter what happens, it’s all going online.

3 acts. 3 pounds. 3pm.

“Genuinely funny” Culture NI

“The go to guy for confessional rants” Alternative Ulster Magazine

Apr
24
Wed
Wonder Frog. Comedy Improv Night
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm

“Belfast’s best improv comedy group serves up an hour of hot, fresh, off-the-cuff comedy. Using only audience suggestions, Wonder Frog come up with comic scenes that have never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Our show is completely made up on the spot, on the night – and we can’t do it without you!

Comments from previous Wonder Frog shows:

“It was very good, I was very impressed at what they came up with and how fast. I loved ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ and I loved this even more.”

“I think the show was great! It was very entertaining, spontaneous, interactive and witty. I enjoyed it very much!”

“Very creative improvising and very funny performances. I will definitely be coming to see this again!”

Doors: 8pm/Show: 8:30pm

Show duration roughly one hour (enough time after the show for a drink and the bus home!)”

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp