Comedy KARLnival Online  Live from Edinburgh & Galway

Comedy KARLnival Online Live from Edinburgh & Galway

Live from our Edinburgh studio - Fred MacAulay & Jo Caulfield, and Live from Róisín Dubh, Galway - Micky Bartlett, Fabu D (‘The Black Paddy’) and our host Karl Spain

Last Friday’s Comedy KARLnival linked up comedians from London and Galway, with a small interactive audience and hundreds of livestream viewers around the world, for a fantastic evening of live comedy. Five world class comedians in two studios with multi-camera setups, and a live virtual audience came together for our best lockdown KARLnival so far.

In our next show we link up Edinburgh, home of the world’s biggest comedy festival with Róisín Dubh in Galway, home of the EU’s biggest comedy festival for an online show featuring the best of Scottish & Irish stand up. 

International comedians can’t travel to be with us in Galway, but that won’t stop us bringing you great live comedy wherever you are. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience, understanding & support along the way. As our regular viewers will know, we are learning new lessons with every show in our efforts to save live comedy and keep you all entertained. Are You Not Entertained!  

Trust us, we would prefer to be selling you pints of Guinness in Róisín Dubh and laughing along with you and hopefully we will see you all at a real life show, real soon.

The small print: There are two ticket types for the show

The Line-Up:

Fred McAulay 

Having presented the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co. on BBC Radio Scotland for almost 18 years and with a string of tv appearances, Fred’s on air witticisms and on screen reputation are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.

Arriving late to the world of stand-up comedy in the early 90’s, he has gone on to be a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe (this will be his 29th) and at comedy festivals worldwide. Appearances on many Radio 4 comedy panel shows including I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just A Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz guarantee an audience for Fred’s Live stand-up tours.

He has successfully featured in and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland: he hosted the talk show McCoist and MacAulay and presented Life According to Fred, Hoots, Simply Fred and Scots on the Box, as well as the 2014 On The Road magazine programme with Martell Maxwell.

On national BBC Television he has been a panelist on shows including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You. In addition, in the US he was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and his performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival has been shown coast to coast in North America as well.

Jo Caulfield

Whether you’ve seen her on TV shows such as “Have I Got News For You” or “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow”, heard her on the radio on “Just a Minute” or “Stop The Press”, or caught her live at one of her award-winning Edinburgh Festival shows, the chances are you’re already familiar with Jo’s work.

Described by The Observer as “one of the finest female comics at work” and by The Scotsman as “quite simply, a damn funny woman” Jo can regularly be seen headlining the UK’s biggest and best comedy clubs. She is also in high demand on the corporate circuit, speaking at and hosting dinners and award ceremonies for many leading companies across the UK and beyond. 

Behind the scenes Jo is a respected writer, having served as a writer / programme consultant on all five series of Graham Norton’s BAFTA Award winning “So Graham Norton” and as head writer on both Ruby Wax’s “Waiting Game” and Zoe Ball’s “Strictly Dance Fever”. Jo has also written for – among others – Joan Rivers, Ant & Dec and Anne Robinson. Jo is also a popular and respected warm-up for many high-profile TV shows.

Micky Bartlett

Big Micky Bartlett is gathering both momentum and acclaim as one of Northern Ireland’s fastest rising stars on the live stand-up circuit. Also a regular on BBC Northern Ireland panel shows “The Blame Game” and “Monumental”, hilarious Micky came to prominence after winning the BBC NI stand-up talent show “Find me the Funny”. 

In 2012 Micky supported Patrick Kielty on his tour of Northern Ireland, and performed in the Belfast recording of Dave’s One Night Stand. He made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2014 and has returned a number of times since with widely acclaimed solo shows.

“Consistently funny… In years to come, people will be talking about the first time they saw Micky Bartlett” - Adam Hills 

“Bartlett is a stand-up natural with a great command of the audience and engaging everyman approach, full of verve… A masterful way of delivering with punch and style… Impressive!”  - Chortle

Fabu D 

Fabio David, better known as Fabu-D is a comedian, MC, entertainer and actor and based in Dublin, Ireland. Born in Nigeria, FABU-D channels the African man in Europe and embraces the Irish culture throughout his live sets. He quickly made a name for himself while performing on the streets of Dublin and creating viral videos which have amassed over 150 millions views online. 

Fabu-D is one of the most well-known MCs in Ireland and has made appearances in TV shows and music videos. He has featured on The Lad Bible, The Wall of Comedy, Unilad, World Star Hip-Hop and more.

This show is hosted by the “achingly funny Karl Spain. 

Karl has been in stand-up comedy for over twenty years. Last seen on telly hosting Laughter In The Eyre filmed at Galway Comedy Festival in 2019, Karl is probably best known in Ireland for losing a few ounces on Celebrity Operation Transformation, and his TV series Karl Spain Wants A Woman in which he not only got huge ratings but he also found himself a woman. 

As well as being a regular at Róisín Dubh, Galway Comedy Festival, Vodafone Comedy Festival Dublin, Cat Laughs Kilkenny, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Montréal Just for Laughs, Karl was a resident writer for Republic of Telly and still is for countless other comedians.

“The future of Irish comedy is in safe hands” - HOT PRESS

“Achingly funny” - THE SUNDAY TIMES


Line-up subject to change

Virtual Front Row (VIP)

Virtual Front Row (VIP)

‘VIP' Front Row Ticket - €12.50 / €10 for our members
Be a part of the action, join the video call and provide the laughs, LIVE. (Very limited number of tickets). With this ticket you are asked to have your mic and camera on, so you’re visible to the comedians & occasionally our livestream audience and your laughter adds to the atmosphere of our show.
We do ask our VIPs to turn their mic down to 25%, and be aware of their surroundings at home, ie: mute themselves during conversations, be aware of the crying baby / barking dogs / pizza delivery guy - as all the unintentional background noises take away from the quality of the show. If we detect unwanted noise on your end, you will be muted - it’s nothing personal.
You also get access to an extra 30 minutes of banter pre-show from 7:30pm in the “Green Room” with Karl Spain. You will receive the link at 7pm to join the fun from 7:30pm (be punctual), last admittance is 7:50pm. The show will then begin at 8pm.
To avail of our discounted members price, you log in or become a member on when purchasing the tickets. To become a member of Róisín Dubh you simply sign up to receive our weekly(ish) newsletter. As well as discounted tickets, being a member allows you to access your order history to resent or print/reprint your tickets at any time.


Livestream tickets

Livestream tickets

This ticket lets you watch all the craic unfold live on a private livestream. All you have to do is get your ticket. And then return to the confirmation email from TicketCo AS (it won't be in your inbox under Róisín Dubh) and click on the thumbnail in that email after 7:30pm on April 16th when countdown commences. Showtime is 8pm. If the thumbnail doesn't display, click on 'Video' underneath "How Does It Work?" to bring you to the livestream page.