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The 7 Best Shows To Catch At This Year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival

By Erin Curtain - 13 Feb 2019

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Brisbane Comedy Festival 2019 is about to hit town, bringing the goods this time around with a slew of Aussie gems coming off sell-out international tours, hit shows, and hilarious podcasts. If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, leave the cringy dad jokes to your co-workers and hear some new material from the pros. 

Check out our picks from the epic line-up at the 2019 Brisbane Comedy Festival. 

Felicity Ward | Busting A Nut

Returning from international tours is the guilty feminist and Aussie icon herself, Felicity Ward. She has had a big couple of years after her sold-out UK tour, a nomination for the biggest award in live comedy, and being handpicked by Amy Schumer as her opener. She is now hitting up BrisVegas for one night only with her hilariously relatable act. Book tickets quick if you don’t want to miss out.

When: 7:30pm, Saturday 23 February
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Jan van de Stool | Parting The Red Curtains

If you’re willing to take a turn to the mysterious, Parting the Red Curtains is an intriguing look into the life and times of Jan van de Stool. Her psychic abilities reveal the deep, dark and hysterical secrets of her past as the ghost of a disgruntled ex-student tears down her picture-perfect reputation, one punch line at a time.

When: 7:30pm, Thursday 21 March
Where: SunPAC Theatre
For more information, click here.

Knockoff

For the literal definition of cheap laughs, hit up the Powerhouse every Friday night throughout the Comedy Festival. Back for another year is Knockoff where you can relax after work and catch comedians from all around Australia trying their hand at stand-up. This one is adults only and totally free, making it the perfect spot to unwind for all foreseeable Fridays.

When: Returns 1 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Dave Thornton | Lean Into It

Dave has made it. He is well into his late thirties and has a handle on all things adulthood. With that wisdom and responsibility comes the realisation that his references are outdated, his drink choices have shifted from cheap and tasty to sensible and boring, and every bout of physical activity ends with ice packs and a stiff back. Catch him lamenting at the Powerhouse for one week only.

When: 26 February – 3 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Tommy Little | Self-Diagnosed Genius

Tommy is in Brisbane to share his heroic tale of braving the world’s most unforgiving climate in truly extraordinary circumstances. He ran a marathon. In Antarctica. With no training. In the coldest month of the year. Though the idiot alarm may be going off in your head, his show will strive to convince you why he’s actually a genius. Come by and decide for yourself.

When: 21 – 23 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

Tahir | You Had One Job!

Star of Here Come the Habibs, Tahir is hitting up our humble SunPAC Theatre for one night on the first Saturday of March. In this show, he is exploring the miraculous stupidity of humans, diving into the complex psyche of the dumb species that has somehow made it to the top of the food chain.

When: 7:30pm, Saturday 2 March
Where: SunPAC Theatre
For more information, click here.

Mel Buttle | Welcome Aboard

If you’re in the mood for a mish-mash of self-deprecation, scathing sarcasm, and some quality impressions, make your way to see Mel Buttle perform live at Brisbane Comedy Festival. She will be covering her year of international touring, her break-up and subsequent difficulties co-parenting their rescue dog, and the usual anxiety about not having kids yet and eating too many Red Rooster rolls. We’ve all been there.

When: 12 – 17 March
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information, click here.

For the full festival lineup, check the schedule right here.

Image credit: Brisbane Comedy Festival

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