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Lap up laugh-inducing stand-up sets at the Brisbane Comedy Festival
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Lap up laugh-inducing stand-up sets at the Brisbane Comedy Festival

UPDATE Monday August 2: All remaining Brisbane Comedy Festival performances (at Brisbane Powerhouse and The Tivoli) up until Sunday August 8 have been POSTPONED due to the South-East Queensland lockdown. Brisbane, prepare for your funny bone to be tickled as the Brisbane Comedy Festival is rolling into 2021 with a hilarious line-up of professional funny folk whose sole mission is to make you grin and giggle. The three-week festival of funnies is set to take over the city from July 16 to August 8 so we suggest penciling it into your calendar, stat. more

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Hilarious, heartbreaking and homegrown – hear from local LGBTIQ+ legends at Brisbane Powerhouse's Queerstories
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Hilarious, heartbreaking and homegrown – hear from local LGBTIQ+ legends at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Queerstories

Childhood crushes, true love, loss and overcoming adversity – you never know what sort of tales you'll be treated to at LGBTIQ+ storytelling event Queerstories. If you're keen to listen to some local luminaries spin a yarn or two, then we suggest making tracks to Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday February 19. You'll laugh, be shocked, maybe even shed a tear or two. One thing we can guarantee is that you'll be moved by these inspiring stories and rousing anecdotes. more

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Dine, drink and be merry – Portside Wharf is full of feasts and festive fun this Christmas
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Dine, drink and be merry – Portside Wharf is full of feasts and festive fun this Christmas

The trees are up, the lights are twinkling and advent calendar chocolate is getting quickly devoured every morning – the most wonderful time of the year is here! So you can immerse yourself in the festive vibes, riverside dining and shopping destination Portside Wharf has got a smorgasbord of merry events – from Christmas Day feasts and live entertainment to special giveaways and even a few super-cute angels roaming around. more

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Lattes with a dose of laughs – Coffee and Comedy brings stand-up's best to local cafes
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Lattes with a dose of laughs – Coffee and Comedy brings stand-up’s best to local cafes

There's not too many things in this world more self-satisfying than popping down to your local caffeination station during your work week for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Your well-deserved arvo trip is about to get even better, because from late February to early March, a special bunch of Brisbane cafes will be taken over by comical characters from the Brisbane Comedy Festival for a happy hour full of laughs for Coffee and Comedy – so you can enjoy your cappuccino with a side of chuckles. Order up! more

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Goodbye for now, but not forever – Metro Arts bids farewell to its Edward Street home with two-week festival Metro Arts, with love
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Goodbye for now, but not forever – Metro Arts bids farewell to its Edward Street home with two-week festival Metro Arts, with love

Since news broke in December 2019 that the much-loved heritage-listed arts centre at 109 Edward Street had sold, we have been eagerly anticipating how Metro Arts will celebrate more than four decades of supporting and mentoring artists and their creative works. Set to go out with a bang, Metro Arts, with love is – as you probably rightly assumed – a love letter to the space as well as to the artists and audiences in the form of 12 days of performance, artworks and live music from February 1 to 15. more

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Mark your calendar – five unmissable events for 2020
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Mark your calendar – five unmissable events for 2020

From sun-soaked music festivals to stage shows straight from Broadway, 2019 brought us a unique array of impressive events which dazzled and delighted the senses. As we near closer to the festive extravaganza that is New Year's, we become more and more curious for what the roaring twenties will bring. With a new decade comes a new calendar full of key events, so we've collated five exciting happenings in 2020 that are worthy of a save the date. more


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From fake news to boozy Shakespeare – Brisbane Comedy Festival drops insane line-up for 2020
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From fake news to boozy Shakespeare – Brisbane Comedy Festival drops insane line-up for 2020

Please note that the last week of this event has been cancelled. We will do our best to keep you updated with the most current information. Brisbane, we hope you've been doing your kegals because the Brisbane Comedy Festival is rolling into 2020 with a pant-wetting line-up of 85 professional funny folk to make you grin, giggle and guffaw. The month-long festival of fun and frivolity is set to take over 14 performance spaces across five venues around town from February 21 to March 22, 2020 so go right ahead and clear your calendar now. more

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Parties, provocation and pure passion – Brisbane Festival unveils its whopping 2019 program
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Parties, provocation and pure passion – Brisbane Festival unveils its whopping 2019 program

September in Brisbane is a seriously magical time – we’re in the heart of springtime, spirits are high, and the city becomes home to one of our most beloved annual rituals. That’s right – Brisbane Festival is returning from September 5–28 and bringing with it a whole host of jaw-dropping entertainment. We’ve been keeping you posted on some juicy announcements as they come through, but the full program has finally made its way out into the world – and we’ve gotta tell you, it’s well worth getting excited about. more

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From drag divas to sensitive bogans – five fresh faces you need to see at Brisbane Comedy Festival
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From drag divas to sensitive bogans – five fresh faces you need to see at Brisbane Comedy Festival

If you’ve felt a dull tickling sensation in your funnybone lately, it’s probably because the Brisbane Comedy Festival is almost upon us for another year. The 2019 edition is stacked with some seriously impressive (and famous) local and international comedians, but we thought we’d shine a light on some emerging talents that you might not have had the pleasure of discovering yet. From sensitive new age bogans to drag divas, we’ve found five fresh acts appearing at this year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival that will make you bust a gut. more

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Save the date: five events we’re looking forward to in 2019
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Save the date: five events we’re looking forward to in 2019

Real talk – while 2018 may have been a great year for Brisbane, we’re even more excited for what 2019 is going to bring. Our cultural sphere just keeps getting better, with a host of local and international events taking place right here in our city. We’ve picked five killer events happening post-New Year that you should get tickets to before they disappear, lest you risk falling victim to some serious FOMO. more

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Brisbane Comedy Festival celebrates a decade of laughs with its huge 2019 program announcement
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Brisbane Comedy Festival celebrates a decade of laughs with its huge 2019 program announcement

Consistently squeezing a laugh out of someone can be bloody hard work, but the Brisbane Comedy Festival has been managing to keep us on the verge of wetting our pants for ten years now. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Doling out laughs for a decade is no mean feat, so you’d best believe that the festival is bringing a seriously stacked line-up to celebrate entering double digits. The festival returns to its homes of Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC from February 22 to March 24, 2019. more

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Wonderland Festival is bringing us into summer with a carnival of circus, sizzle and sex appeal
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Wonderland Festival is bringing us into summer with a carnival of circus, sizzle and sex appeal

Can you feel that, Brisbane? The humidity is rising, we’re dabbing feverishly at our brows and fanning our chests in pure anticipation. No, it’s not a traditional summer heatwave headed our way – the sexy, salacious and unashamedly bold Wonderland Festival is tumbling back into town! Set to unleash on its home of the Brisbane Powerhouse from November 22, the annual cocktail of comedy, cabaret, circus and all things sexy is set to get temperatures soaring. more

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Back with a bang – Brisbane Festival delivers the goods with its sizzling 2018 selection
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Back with a bang – Brisbane Festival delivers the goods with its sizzling 2018 selection

Folks, spring has almost sprung and it’s bringing a little something special with it – we’re talking Brisbane Festival, baby! Come September 8, our fine city will be overflowing with a selection of local and international entertainment that will make your head spin. From circus and cabaret to top live bands and immersive theatre, the festival brings together the best of the arts scene for your enjoyment – so you’d better get out there and lap it up. Mark September 8–29 in your diary and start planning your hit-list, because this one’s going to be a doozy. more

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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