Although April Fool’s Day falls on Easter Sunday this year, there’s no reason not to tickle your funny bone in whatever month you’re visiting Malta or Gozo.
Malta has a thriving comedy scene, with several Maltese stand-up comedians who regularly perform on the island as well as internationally. Add to that the countless comedy shows that are produced throughout the year in different venues, and you’ll have no shortage of laughs whilst in Malta.
Here’s where to catch the best comedy events on offer during your stay on the Maltese islands.
The Eden Comedy Club, St Julian’s
Just a short walk from Radisson Blu Resort in St Julian’s is the Eden Cinema Complex, home to the Eden Comedy Club. Inside the cinema’s multi-purpose theatre, the Club regularly hosts large scale live stand-up comedy nights, featuring top-notch acts from the UK and international comedy circuit, including headlining names such as Jimmy Carr and Omid Djalili.
Hard Rock Café, St Julian’s
Also a stone’s throw from the Radisson is the Hard Rock Café, in the Bay Street Shopping Complex in St Julian’s. As per the global franchise, Malta’s Hard Rock Café is well-known to be the ideal venue in which to watch live music and stand-up comedy events, cold beer in hand. The Hard Rock Café was also home to Malta’s first comedy club, hosted by a group of Maltese comedians known as The Wembley Store Boys.
Talbot & Bons, Luqa
If you’re hoping to squeeze in some last-minute comedy before heading to the airport for your flight home, then look no further than Talbot & Bons, conveniently located in the Skyparks Business Centre right next to the terminal. The favourite performance venue for local comedy production company ‘Maltese Funny Business’, which is a training school for new Malta-based stand-up comedians, head to Talbot & Bons to enjoy some truly fresh comedy talent. It will also be the venue for a Comedy Night starring UK comedian Jay Sodagar on the 27th and 28th April.
Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta
In the midst of Malta’s year as European Capital of Culture, the theatre at the heart of the capital is the go-to venue not only for culture but also for comedy. In fact, if you’re visiting Malta this spring, check out ‘MalTease’ at the theatre on the 13th, 14th and 15th April, which is a variety and burlesque show with dance and comedy performances by local and foreign artists, all inspired by Valletta’s entertainment hub, Strait Street.
Django Jazz Bar, Valletta
Nearby, also in the centre of Malta’s capital city Valletta, is Django Jazz Bar, renowned for its high quality stand-up comedy events as well as for live music. A group of local stand-up comedians named The Inside Joke Comedy Club are a regular fixture, whilst, as the bar’s name suggests, jazz music performances are also a speciality at the venue.
Yes, XFM is a radio station, but it is also one of the best places to seek comedy events in Malta. As well as regularly ‘powering’ stand-up comedy shows, the station also supports the hugely popular ‘Comedy Knights’, a sketch comedy company which gives an annual sell-out run of hilarious new performances, usually at the end of the year.