Belfast comedian Paul Currie entertains crowds at Glastonbury Festival

Belfast comedian Paul Currie entertained festival-goers with his wacky performances at Glastonbury.

is 48, from Newtownabbey, performing twice a day at the famous Somerset Festival.

Currie had hundreds of onlookers sing along to famous songs he reinvented to reference his two panda puppets – including the lyrics “Woah Black Betty, panda hands” to the tune of the 1977 Ram Jam hit – while wearing a white coat.

“It’s just fun and just about joy, trying to bring some joy into the adult world,” he told PA after his performance.

“That’s what Glastonbury is and that should be what life is… (if it was) we wouldn’t be bombing each other all the time.”

The comedian said he was inspired by the early acts of American comedian Steve Martin but also by the children he teaches at a circus school in Belfast.

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Belfast comedian Paul Currie during his set at the first ever Carnival at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2022. PA Photo.

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Belfast comedian Paul Currie during his set at the first ever Carnival at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2022. PA Photo.

“I owe a lot of my inspiration to kids two to seven years old…they find genius gold all the time and I take mental notes,” he said.

Ahead of the festival, Currie described being “honored beyond written words” to be asked to perform.

“3 years later. Spit out at the other end of the Covid wormhole…it’s back. The mother of all music and arts festivals. Glastonbury is this week. I can’t believe it.” he wrote.

“I am truly honored beyond written words to be invited and allowed to be a part of this incredible gathering of human inspiration, human art and creativity. I just can’t wait to be in this special beautiful space If you are there or I know someone who is going to the festival, tell them to come see me if they have time.

Jan G. Gilbert