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Gender bending, total taboos and boozy cougars – our top five picks from Brisbane Comedy Festival
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Gender bending, total taboos and boozy cougars – our top five picks from Brisbane Comedy Festival

Brisbane, we hope your pelvic floor muscles are ready for a workout – that’s right, from Friday February 24 the Brisbane Comedy Festival is back! Bringing together a host of professionally funny folk filling up venues like Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC, the festival brings three jam-packed weeks of entertainment across a huge range of genres and formats. We’ve picked our top five shows from the festival that you shouldn’t miss – from heartfelt wit to straight-up weirdos, there’s something for every taste. more

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Chuckle and cringe at the brilliant mind and observations of David Sedaris
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Chuckle and cringe at the brilliant mind and observations of David Sedaris

The last time David Sedaris was in town, he shared the story of his discovery of a lump on his right side – a lipoma, a harmless fatty tumour. While most people would be eager to see the back of that tumour once removed, David had other plans. He wanted to feed it to a specific snapping turtle, one he had seen with a big growth on his head. It's a story audiences were sure to never forget, and you can bet there will be plenty more witty social critiques and obscure observations when David returns to Brisbane City Hall on Wednesday January 24. more

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Save the date: five events we're looking forward to in 2018
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Save the date: five events we’re looking forward to in 2018

Adam Devine’s Weird Life Tour – Monday January 29 at The Tivoli When it was announced that U.S comedian Adam Devine would be coming to our shores in 2018, we practically wet our pants with excitement. Okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration, but we were genuinely really excited to hear that the stand-up comic and Workaholics genius would be bringing his mug to our shores for the first time. Adam is doing a one-off show of his Weird Life Tour, which critics have hailed as an absolute riot – trust us when we say you won’t want to miss this one. Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical – From February 20 at QPAC If merely reading the title of this event didn’t immediately fill you with a sense of overwhelming joy, it’s safe to say you were robbed of a childhood. Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical has got an all-star team behind it, bringing the iconic film to life on stage… more

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From cougar juice to Bogan Jesus, the Brisbane Comedy Festival is most certainly a laughing matter
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From cougar juice to Bogan Jesus, the Brisbane Comedy Festival is most certainly a laughing matter

Brisbane, it’s time to stock up on Depends and renew your inhaler prescriptions – our city is about to be overrun with those who deal in laughter for a living. From Friday February 23, the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC will be buzzing with the collective wheezes of audiences taking in more than 70 professional acts over the month-long course of the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Offering up a bumper range of entertainment from the likes of international superstars to home-grown underdogs, the ninth instalment of our country’s fastest-growing comedy festival is pulling out all of the stops to impress. more

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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer
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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer

We all know that Brisbane summer is a truly magical time despite (or sometimes because of) the heat – the days get longer, the nights get steamier and people tend to go a little bit loco. As we emerge from our winter hibernation with a renewed sense of confidence, we’re suddenly in the mood to play. Best to embrace the change, yeah? From November 23, Wonderland Festival will take over its spiritual home of the Brisbane Powerhouse for 11 hot and heavy nights of pure entertainment. Check your inhibitions at the door, people – things are about to get wild. more

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Pour decisions – The Wine Bluffs bring swilling, sipping and side-splitting laughs to the Powerhouse
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Pour decisions – The Wine Bluffs bring swilling, sipping and side-splitting laughs to the Powerhouse

Real talk – we all know a wine wanker. Whether it’s one of your close mates (sucks to be you) or a mouthy friend-of-a-friend, these insufferable souls are the sort of people who kind of make you want to punch them. Why is it that experts in this field tend to come with an almost guaranteed air of arrogance? Don’t give up hope just yet, friends – The Wine Bluffs are headed to the Brisbane Powerhouse from November 16–18 and they’re here to school you on all things grape, minus the pretence and with an added dose of belly laughs. Disclaimer: almost none of this knowledge is legit. more

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Prepare for gut-busting, knee-slapping fringe comedy with the return of Bris Funny Fest
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Prepare for gut-busting, knee-slapping fringe comedy with the return of Bris Funny Fest

Comedy is a funny old thing, not just in the ‘ha-ha’ sense but also in the sense that what makes you cackle with sheer delight might make another person feel like they’ve just been forced to watch their parents make out. Sure, there’s no accounting for taste but the more you put on your plate, the greater the odds are that you’ll find something you’re into. Unless you’re like the mayor from Footloose and thus have some kind of aversion to joy in general, we have news that will no doubt put a smile on your dial – the Bris Funny Fest is back, fam! Taking over a huge host of venues from August 2–20, the fringe festival has returned bigger than ever before to spread good times with a twist. more

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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now
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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now

When it comes to politics, often the truth is stranger than fiction. Here in Australia, we have seen all manner of larger-than-life characters make their way through the government at various levels – some of them loveable (g’day Bob Hawke), some of them incomprehensibly daft (looking at you, Pauline Hanson) and some of them downright sinister. One of the most controversial figures in Australia’s political history is finally getting what he deserves – that’s right, it’s time to learn all about the life and times of Joh Bjelke-Petersen through the medium of the musical. Heading to the Brisbane Powerhouse from July 7-16, Joh for PM will have you roaring with laughter about something that definitely wasn’t funny at the time. more


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Get an insight into the Brisbane Comedy Festival with our roving reporter
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Get an insight into the Brisbane Comedy Festival with our roving reporter

Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of one of Australia’s leading comedians? Well, we have. This year we’ve enlisted the services of Cal Wilson to get us the inside scoop at this year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival. Tune in as Cal interviews Dave Hughes, Luke McGregor and Damien Power – poking and prodding them for information on their inspirations and motivations. more

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Take six with six stars of the 2017 Brisbane Comedy Festival
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Take six with six stars of the 2017 Brisbane Comedy Festival

From now until the end of March, Brisbane will be inundated with hordes of funny people. There will be laughter on every street corner, but most of it will be concentrated at the Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Hall. Yes, the Brisbane Comedy Festival is on again, boasting a line-up of some of the world’s most hilarious minds. If you’ve been 'umming' and 'ahhing' about buying tickets (what, you don’t like to laugh?) we decided to sit down with six of our personal favourites to hear some stories from the road, where they love to visit when in Brisbane and what shows they’d recommend seeing. We caught up with Merrick Watts, Cal Wilson, Lehmo, Tom Ballard, Susie Youssef and Steen Raskopoulos. more

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From local legends to seasoned veterans – our top five gut-busting picks at the Brisbane Comedy Festival
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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. more

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Get the goss and laugh lots at Phelan Groovy
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Get the goss and laugh lots at Phelan Groovy

Hey Brisbane, how are you feeling? Tired? Stressed? A little bit bummed out? We have a cure for what ails ya – Phelan Groovy will more than put the spring back in your step. Coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from December 1–3, Kurt Phelan’s autobiographical extravaganza is a riotous treat that you probably didn’t even know you needed in your life until now. If you like belly laughs and celebrity dish, Kurt’s got you covered. more

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Get set for 48 hours of unpredictable art at QT Gold Coast
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Get set for 48 hours of unpredictable art at QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast will explode into a cultural playground this weekend as it stages Hotelling – a 48-hour long arts and performance showcase. Art lovers and fun seekers will be treated to a flirtatious, fly-on-the-wall experience as a series of unpredictable performances unfold across bars, in elevators, corridors, courtyards, hotel rooms and previously unnoticed nooks throughout the contemporary Surfers Paradise hotel. more

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Join the culture club with The Judy's top five upcoming shows
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Join the culture club with The Judy’s top five upcoming shows

If variety is the spice of life, then The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts is a certified jalapeno of an institution. You can pretty much swing by at any given time and see something that will knock your socks off – from theatre, fine art and comedy to everything in between – but the coming month sees a huge line-up of events that are well worth a visit or two. Whip out the calendar and file these five gems under ‘must-do’. more