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8 Side-Splitting Acts You Must Catch At The Brisbane Comedy Festival Next Year

By Tayla Bruce
27th Nov 2019

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Brisbane, our favourite festival is landing once again at the Powerhouse, and we are already training our abs so we can endure all the laughter that will be ensuing. The Brisbane Comedy Festival is heading to town from February to March 2020 and with a cracking line-up of comedic gems on the bill, we are hard-pressed picking between acts. If you’re the same, keep reading for our top recommendations—and don’t forget to pack the tissues if you’re a laugh-cryer. 

Opening Gala

Prepare yourself Brisbane, your cheeks will be aching as the Brisbane Comedy Festival begins with a spectacular opening gala featuring two hours of non-stop laughs. Hitting the stage will be an assorted ensemble of fresh Australian comedic talent, as well as our most-loved comedians. This is just the first night of many, but if you want maximum comedians for your buck, the opening gala is not to be missed. 

When: Friday 21 February, 7.30pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane CBD
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James Veitch | Tentative

With a wicked sense of humour and a cheeky side to match, James Veitch is the kind of guy who will have you in tears of laughter before you have the chance to say ‘rubber duck’ (look it up on YouTube people). With hilariously simple slideshows and stories of scammers getting scammed, Veitch should be one of your must-see acts. 

When: Saturday 21 March–Sunday 22 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
For more information, click here

Tommy Little | I’ll See Myself Out

If you don’t already know how hilarious Tommy Little is, where have you been hiding? We recommend you come out from under that rock and line up to see this show, where you’re guaranteed to be giggling at Little’s infectious energy and good old, foolish Aussie humour in no time. Using personal experiences as his main inspiration for his comedy, it’s sure to be relatable and funny as all hell. 

When: Friday 20 March–Saturday 21 March
Where: The Fortitude Music Hall, Fortitude Valley
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Tom Ballard | Grandiloquent

If you’re after loud, proud and controversial humour that will have you gaping before laughing, Tom Ballard is here to leave you speechless before cracking you up. With jokes ranging from getting down and dirty with a witch to the cooked planet we live on, this is a show that’ll make you see the humour in the world’s current state. 

When: Tuesday 17 March–Sunday 22 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
For more information, click here

Shit-Faced Shakespeare | Hamlet

Whether Shakespeare is or isn’t your thing, this is an award-winning show that is bound to have even the most stone-faced of you doubling up in laughter. The show consists of an interesting blend of the Shakespearean play Hamlet and one (to put it gently) shit-faced actor, creating a uniquely hilarious take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. 

When: Thursday 19 March–Sunday 22 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm 
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Speed | The Movie, The Play

We don’t know about you guys, but we love a show we can participate in. Climb aboard a decked out vintage volvo and get ready to pledge your comedic respects to the 1994 action thriller, Speed. With the homage including special effects and digs at the beloved Keanu Reeves, this is an experience that will send you hurtling down 90s nostalgia. 

When: Thursday 27 February–Sunday 22 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, new Farm
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Mel Bracewell | The Rumours Are True

A Kiwi storyteller with an endearing sense of humour, Mel Bracewell is gracing Brisbane with her presence and we can’t wait to see her show. As one of New Zealand’s fastest rising comedy stars, she is sure to impress on the stage with her wit, and we are ready to welcome her with open arms. 

When: Tuesday 17 March–Sunday 22 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
For more information, click here

Josh Earl | Don’t You Know Who I Am?

In this hilarious game-show style performance, Josh Earl is hosting a game where four comedians must compete against each other by bluffing and storytelling in the most egotistical way possible–besides, they must answer questions about themselves and the others. The title of this show makes sense now, doesn’t it?

When: Saturday 7 March–Sunday 8 March
Where: Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here

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Image credit: Brisbane Powerhouse

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