They say that laughter is the best medicine, and we have to agree. There are very few things a good hearty belly laugh can't cure.
Dublin has always had a thriving comedy scene, with comics and comedy gigs on just about every corner, but recently it's outdoing itself with the standard and calibre of funny people coming out of the woodwork.
There's always a whole load of gigs on to tickle your funny bone, so all you have to do is pick one...
1. Ireland, A Survivor's Guide
Ireland A Survivor's Guide is a hilarious comic sketch show targeted at visitors to Dublin. Essentially, its a crash course in Irish people, culture and customs. An hilarious one-hour rollercoaster ride through Irish sport, people, music, food and history. Tickets are €8 and can be bought here.
It's on every Tuesday through Saturday at 1pm from June 1 for the rest of the summer, at The International Bar. 'Tis a good one!
2. Jesters Comedy Club
Jesters is held every Thursday night in O'Donoghue's on Suffolk Street - the home of the #funnybackguarantee. This means that if you don't laugh during the whole set, you get a full refund. No flashiness nor gimmicks - just good, clean fun.
It's on from 9pm to 11pm each week, meaning you can get settled in to laughter and also be in bed by midnight, fresh for work the next day. What's not to love?
3. LaughOutLoud @ Anseo
Anseo, on Dublin’s Camden Street runs a comedy night upstairs every Wednesday call LaughOutLoud. Doors open at 8:30pm, tickets are a fiver and the club is currently being run by Mr Trevor Browne, who recently featured in RTE’s New Comedy Awards.
You're getting an incredible bargain with this one.
4. Laughter Lounge
The Laughter Lounge, on Eden Quay, runs each Thursday to Saturday. Doors open in the venue from 7pm and the shows kick off each night at 8:30pm.
The Laughter Lounge consistently book top quality Irish and international acts performing every weekend, and even though tickets are a little pricey at €26, it's definitely worth it.
If you join their Facebook page or mailing list, you’ll be able to avail of free and discounted tickets from time to time.
5. The Woolshed Baa & Grill
The Woolshed Baa and Grill on Parnell Street runs a comedy night every second Monday. Hosted by funny man Al Porter, the shows feature a consistently solid line up of top quality Irish stand up comedians. Tickets retail at €7 or just €5 for students.
Great quality fun. What more could you ask for?
6. The Comedy Cellar, The International Bar
The International Bar is Ireland's first and longest running comedy club, housing the best and brightest of Irish funny business for over 25 years.
Every Monday, there is a Comedy Improv night, showcasing the best and funniest of Irish comedians. Admission is around fiver, and you're guaranteed to leave the place bent over laughing.
7. The Comedy Crunch, The Stag's Head
The Comedy Crunch is a night that runs downstairs in The Stag’s Head every Sunday and Monday evening, so it's the perfect way to finish one week and start another anew. Doors open at 8:15pm each evening and the shows are free. Yes. FREE.
You do, however, have the opportunity to make a donation at the end of the night if you enjoyed the gig. To be a good sport, and all. They also dole out free ice cream, which is pretty sweet.
Although if you want to get in at all, get in early. This place fills up fast.
8. Chaplins Comedy Club, Hawkins Street
Running on Fridays and Saturdays - Chaplins Bar, located at 2 Hawkins Street hosts some pretty stellar shows every weekend, for the low, low price of a tenner.
Doors open at 8pm, with shows running from 9-11pm. Resident MC is Simon O'Keeffe, who has received a plethora of praise from the biggest of names in the comedy world.
9. Pop The Cherry Comedy
Last but not least we have Pop The Cherry upstairs in Whelan's every Monday night at 8pm. And for just a fiver in!
This night is for both amateurs and experienced comedians alike – and it always proves to be feckin' hilarious.
They're responsible for this gas video we all remember from a few years back.
Check them out.