From local legends to seasoned veterans – our top five gut-busting picks at the Brisbane Comedy Festival
For most of us, making other people laugh is really hard. Heck, if you believe Hollywood legend then the effort involved can actually result in making you bedridden. That being said, it’s all the more impressive when folks can get up on stage and cause pants-wetting laughter just by saying some words. From Sunday February 26, the Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Hall will be buzzing with the collective wheezes of audiences taking in more than 66 professional acts over the month-long course of the Brisbane Comedy Festival. With so much quality content on offer, it can be tricky to navigate the sea of lols – to make it a teensy bit easier, we’ve rounded up five acts that you definitely should not miss. Go into these shows with an open mind and an empty bladder – you have been warned.
Dusty Rich’s Dusty Rich and the Voices – March 7–12
When someone gets major props from the bigwigs at Comedy Central, that’s a pretty clear indicator that they know a thing or two about the art of performance. Dusty Rich’s physical form bounces around the stage at roughly the same speed his ideas do – lightning fast. Blending physical comedy, audience interaction and wild narratives from his own life, Dusty Rich and the Voices uses observations and experience to take you on a ride that will have you wanting to go again.
Luke McGregor’s Almost Fixed It – March 9–11
In some small way or another, we are all Luke McGregor. This loveable redhead has weaselled his way into the affections of the Australian public with his irresistible brand of honest, self-deprecating humour. Fans of the ABC will no doubt recognise him from his own uncomfortably illuminating documentary series Luke Warm Sex, as well as the collaborative effort Rosehaven which he created with real-life best mate and fellow funny bugger Celia Pacquola. Almost Fixed It will have you rooting for Luke to sort his life out, in between mopping up tears of laughter.
Joel Creasy’s Poser – Sunday March 12 and Thursday March 23
If you’ve been near a TV at some point in the past year, odds are you would be familiar with a dude named Joel Creasey – his pretty little face has popped up everywhere from comedy galas, panel shows, celebrity interviews and even the depths of the African jungle. His show Poser hits the Powerhouse after the raging success of 2016’s effort The Crown Prince, continuing his trademark themes of scathing wit and immeasurable sass.
Mel Buttle’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttle – March 14–19
Mel Buttle is a bona fide Brisbane Comedy Festival veteran – this River City native has performed at every single BCF since its inception, holding it down as a shining example that Brisbane does it best. As an expert on bird impressions and baked goods, Mel’s latest show is dripping with sarcasm, self-deprecation and genuine vulnerability – the perfect recipe for a killer set.
Queensland Born and Bread – March 16–19
Being the first person in your social circle to unearth something cool is always a bit of a thrill. Queensland Born and Bread is a prime opportunity to get a leg up on your mates, when some of the state’s best homegrown comedians that you’ve never heard of take to the stage to bring the ruckus. Pretty much the only thing that the starring line-up has in common is that each performer is from Queensland and each is gifted at tickling funny bones. Catch Danielle Walker, Tim Hewitt, Joe Shaffer, Dan Rath and Cameron Duggan doing the damn thing for your pleasure and edification.
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