Brisbane Comedy Festival 2020
Brisbane Comedy Festival is rolling into its 11th year and – like any impatient pre-teen – has already ripped off the wrapping paper to reveal a bumper four-week program featuring 85 acts across four hilarious weeks of fun and frivolity.
Audiences will be treated to a slew of top international entertainers, some of Australia’s favourite acts, a bevy of Brisbane talent and emerging superstars who will be taking over stages and spaces in and around Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall, Newstead Brewing Co. and for the first time, The Tivoli and Fortitude Music Hall, from February 21 to March 22.
The merry month kicks off with the Brisbane Comedy Festival Opening Gala, hosted by a soon-to-be-announced artist who will attempt to corral the comedic chaos of more than nine comedians at Brisbane City Hall on Friday February 21.
The festival again shines the spotlight on top Queensland talent including Mel Buttle, Steph Tisdell, Becky Lucas and Matt Okine; local collectives Act/React, Brisburned and Politics in the Pub; and the dazzling return of a ‘90s icon – Agro with Jamie Dunn. Grin, giggle and guffaw with a slate of national comedy heavyweights such as Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Nazeem Hussein, Geraldine Hickey, Gen Fricker, Rosie Waterland, Frank Woodley, Sammy J and the duo we never knew we needed: Paul McDermott and Steven Gates. Once again, the festival brings the world to Brisbane with international acts including Stephen K Amos, Jimeoin, Cal Wilson, Jonathon Pie and Shit-faced Shakespeare, who return with a sozzled take on Hamlet.
Brisbane Comedy Festival’s dedicated family and all-ages program makes an encore appearance with Around The Campfire improvised comedy; Mr Snot bottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really, Bad, Bad, Show; Dusty Rich’s Stand Up Comedy for Kids (and Adults); the rough justice of This Is Your Trial; and Brisbane heats and state final of the Class Clowns competition for students in Years 9-12.
Also returning in 2020 are star-studded ensemble act Queerstories as well as free Livewired and Knockoff comedy events.
For a full run down and to get your hands on pre-sale tickets, take a peek at the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2020 website.