Here we are, heading into the tenth edition of Kilkenomics – the world’s first economics festival – which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We’ve been called “Davos with jokes” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment.
What started as a way to make sense of the 2008 economic crash has turned into the Kilkenomics festival as we know it today. The aim of Kilkenomics has always been to take economics out of the conference room and academia and make it accessible to ordinary people’s lives.
Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures – inform and entertain yourselves. To quote Kilkenomics regular – Gerry Stembridge “Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s about economics, it’s actually about life”
“Davos with jokes”
“Laugh, I nearly defaulted!”
“One of the oddest festivals anywhere, comedy with a pint and a point”
“An utterly bizzare idea but the public love it.”
“Having a laugh despite the gloom”; “Comedians give permission to the audience to feel comfortable.”
“A little jewel where players manage to talk human without being patronising.”
“Lenny Bruce meets John Maynard Keynes.”