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LAUGH ALONG WITH CARLSBERG COMEDY
Following on from the success of last year’s comedy event, this year’s Carlsberg Comedy Carnival features an extra day and is set to be one of the most exciting events on the summer festival calendar. Taking place over four days from Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27, 2008 in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, the event will play host to over 65 international and Irish acts, playing 50 shows over one unique carnival weekend. These will be performed in four fully seated, purpose-built marquees, including the Iveagh Theatre tent, the Comedy Factory (which will feature a bespoke pop-art interior), the intimate Shack and the Magic Mirrors Palace, a Spiegeltent that is being shipped in from Belgium. Carlsberg Comedy Carnival will showcase a diverse range of well known, alternative and newly emerging talent including Des Bishop, Louis C.K., The Tommy & Hector Show, Lee Mack, Ardal O’Hanlon, The Stars of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ with special guest Phill Jupitus, The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, John Cooper Clarke, Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Reggie Watts, David O’ Doherty, Maeve Higgins, Reginald D. Hunter, Adam Hills, Apres Match, Phil Nichol, John Bishop, Danny Bhoy and many more. It will also feature a lively array of performance artists, musicians, good food and refreshments in a vibrant, carnival-esque surrounding. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie and all usual outlets and will be sold on a show by show basis. More information is available from www.carlsbergcomedy.com and www.aikenpromotions.com.

JOAN RIVERS EN ROUTE TO DUBLIN
Still on the subject of comedy, Joan Rivers will perform at Vicar Street in Dublin on September 15. Known in the business as a force of nature, this is the woman who recently called Russell Crowe a ‘bleeping bleep’ during a live appearance on UK day time talk show Loose Women. Clearly there is nothing loose about the programmne since poor Joan was subsequently removed from the set during the commercial break. She has since apologised, saying: “Yes I swore, and I’m so ‘bleeping’ sorry.”
Tickets for Rivers’ Irish show are €65 and on sale from Monday July 7 through Ticketmaster, usual outlets nationwide or on tel: 0818 719 390. For more information go to www.aikenpromotions.com.

SWING SHIFT
It turns out the nice single men HAVE been hiding! But we found them, and in the most unlikely of places – swing dancing! Each Wednesday the Camden Palace in Dublin plays host to Route 66, the longest running swing dance night in Ireland. The night offers advanced and beginners’ classes, followed by the chance to showcase your new skills at a dance social. Be warned – ‘advanced’ does not mean ‘I owned that dance floor at cousin Barbara’s wedding’ and you are best off starting with the beginners’ class. This will give you the basic steps along with enough nifty twirls and kicks to make you look like you know what you’re doing when the social kicks off at 9pm. Attendance is equal measures of men and women, so you won’t have a problem finding a dance partner. If you’re a guy, all you have to do is ask. If you’re a girl all you have to do is sit and wait to be asked. Just as it should be! For more information go to www.boogiebeatswing.com. Swing classes also run in venues around the country, try Google to find out more.

MEN USE MORE ENERGY THAN WOMEN?
Swedish men consume far more energy than women, especially when it comes to transportation, according to a recent study by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). “Single men consume, according to our calculations, about 20 per cent more energy than single women,” FOI said in a 60-page report, adding that the figures appeared strongly linked to the fact that women are statistically more concerned about the impact of their personal energy consumption on the environment. The study, part of a joint project by Sweden, Germany and Spain, measured energy consumption in the households of single adults with no children to most clearly show different male and female usage patterns. It looked at direct energy consumption, like a car burning fuel, and indirect energy consumption, measuring the power used to produce the products and food people buy. The report said that the largest difference between the single woman and single man households is to be found in transportation, with 40 per cent of men’s energy use and 25 per cent of women’s going on transport. “Men spend more money on buying cars, and they drive cars more. Thereby they also consume more fuel,” FOI said. Meanwhile, when it comes to eating out and consuming alcohol and tobacco, men’s energy use was also nearly double that of women’s. On the other hand, women used far more indirect energy than men in the areas of health care and pharmaceuticals and on clothing. It was also found that women appeared more interested in buying products proven to be less harmful to the environment, and were more likely to drive less or slower in an attempt to limit their energy use.

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