THE CAT'S BACK! After a mysterious absence of a few years, Kilkenny’s mischievous but much-loved cat returns to the medieval city bringing with him an exciting new programme and a great new creative partner in Sky. In this year of The Gathering we’re also delighted to present the world premiere of series two of Sky 1 HD’s award-winning comedy Moone Boy in the company of its co-writers Chris O’Dowd and Kilkenny native Nick Vincent Murphy as well as some of its Irish stars. Dylan Moran's back, Scottish prodigy Kevin Bridges will perform some of his only live shows this year at the festival and for the first time there’s a programme for kids and families in atmospheric medieval townhouse, Rothe House. All this on top of some of the finest standup talent from the UK, Australia, Canada, the US and, of course, Ireland. See www.thecatlaughs.com for full information and bookings.