Kilkenomics – the world’s first economics festival – brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of the current funniest, sharpest standup comedians. Often referred to as“Davos with jokes” this is a quirky fascinating sojourn into the funny sometimes dark side of economics. What started as a way to make sense of the 2008 economic crash has turned into the Kilkenomics festival as we know it today. Kilkenomics takes economics out of academia and into a whimsical exploration of ordinary people’s lives.
Its purely original entertaining formats invite audiences to engage and enjoy. It’s serious, but engage with as many shows as possible make smart choices for our futures – inform and entertain yourselves. Best-selling author, behavioural economist Professor Dan Ariely is back to Kilkenomics – a unique talent, and brilliant thinker.. …. To quote Kilkenomics regular – Gerry Stembridge “Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s about economics, it’s actually about life”
What the press had to say about Kilkenomics in recent years..
The Australian: “Davos with jokes”
UK Sunday Times – “one of the oddest festivals anywhere, comedy with a pint and a point”
San Francisco Chronicle: “an utterly bizzare idea but the public love it”
BBC – “having a laugh despite the gloom”; “comedians give permission to the audience to feel comfortable”
The Irish Times -”A little jewel where players manage to talk human without being patronising”
BBC World Service “having a laugh despite the gloom”
Bloomberg “Lenny Bruce meets John Maynard Keynes”
The Guardian “wildly successful”
The Sunday Tribune “laugh, I nearly defaulted!”