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Canberra Comedy Festival 2019
18-24 March

The Capital will be filled with non-stop laughter with the return of the Canberra Comedy Festival. Slide through OutInCanberra's shortlist of not to miss hilarious acts.

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  • Comedy Act

    Paul Foot - Image Conscious

    Date

    Monday 18 March

    Greetings! It’s my brand-new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. It’s an absolute nightmare! A brand new show from the award-winning British, surrealist comedian Paul Foot.

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    Ivan Aristeguieta - The Fourth Floor

    Date

    Monday 18 March

    FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT. EXTRA SHOW ADDED DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND! MONDAY MARCH 18, 8:15PM! “Congratulations! You’ve made it to The Fourth Floor!” That’s what Venezuelans say when someone turns forty, and this is the year that Ivan needs to get out of the lift and see what all the fuss is about. He’s halfway to the rooftop party, and too far up to take the stairs back down. Call it a mid-life crisis or mid-life celebration, Ivan is livin’ la mid-vida loca. After a successful 2018 World Tour, Ivan is ready to take his life to the next level. Going up! As seen on Have You Been Paying Attention? and star of ABC TV’s Lost in Pronunciation.

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    Zoë Coombs Marr - Bossy Bottom

    Date

    Tuesday 19 March

    Zoë has been on hiatus. Sort of. For the past six years, she’s been a terrible male comedian with a neckbeard called Dave, winning stacks of awards and tons of great reviews. Whatever.

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    The Chaser Quarterly and The Shovel present… The War on History

    Date

    Wednesday 20 March

    Following sold-out runs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, The War on History is based on the book from The Chaser Quarterly and The Shovel “The Completely True History of Australia”. It is, by far, the least reliable, but most hilarious account of Australian history.

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    Baby Wants Candy

    Date

    Wednesday 20 March

    Total Sell-Out Edinburgh Fringe 2015,16,17,18

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    Joel Creasey - DRINK. SLAY. REPEAT

    Date

    Wednesday 20 March

    Strap in for a night of scandal and stories with Australia’s reigning Crown Prince of Comedy. Joel Creasey has had quite the year. You may have seen him hosting Eurovision and Mardi Gras on SBS, or Take Me Out on Channel 7, his Famewhore special on Network 10 and as a team captain on Show Me The Movie. Or his worldwide Netflix stand-up special. Look, clearly he’s pissed someone off over at Channel 9. He also bought a house and dates a supermodel. Slay! He’s got it worked out, right? Oh you couldn’t be more wrong. You know how behind every amazing Instagram photo you post are 100 that simply weren’t Insta-worthy? Well, behind every one of these sparkling achievements is the unfiltered, chaotic and hilarious f**k ups that plague Joel’s daily life and have become a staple of his stand-up act. So strap in for a night of filthy, dishy, dirty stories from Australia’s showbiz darling! “He’s a f**king star” – Joan Rivers “Without doubt Australia’s undisputed Crown Prince of Comedy” – The West Australian

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    Sh!tFaced Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Date

    Wednesday 20 March

    SOLD OUT Edinburgh Fringe 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, COMPLETE SELLOUT in Canberra in 2018 The legendary Fringe hit is back with their greatest Sh!t-Faced show to date: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This hilarious, sell-out, award winning, smash-hit show has already sold over 300,000 tickets worldwide and is back once more to help you ‘enjoy Shakespeare responsibly’. Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® is the genuinely hilarious combination of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely Sh!t-faced actor. What could possibly go right? With a single genuinely inebriated cast member chosen each night, no two shows are ever the same in this raucous, riotous, rampage through Shakespeare’s greatest comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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    Tahir - You Had ONE job!

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    As Seen on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, FAT PIZZA, HOUSOS, Swift and Shift Couriers and The FOOTY Show!

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    Rhys Nicholson - Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    Hello there. It’s me, Rhys, from comedy. Would you like to come to my comedy concert? Why not, you know? It will be nice. HOORAY! Please come.
    Best International Act WINNER, New Zealand Comedy Festival 2018 ARIA Award Nominee Best Comedy Release 2017 Best Show nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016 Helpmann Award Best Comedy Performer Nominee 2018 “Nicholson is one of the most remarkable talents on the stand-up circuit.”

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    THRONES! - The Musical Parody

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    Total Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and worldwide smash hits Canberra for the very first time – and it’s bigger and bloodier than ever! Updated with new deaths & sexcapades from the 7th series. From the twisted minds of Baby Wants Candy comes the immensely popular comedy musical parody. Hilarious, gory Game of Thrones send-up. Nudity? Maybe. Laughs? Yes! Brothers and sisters shagging? No comment. Age 14+, unless you don’t mind explaining some things to your 14 year old after the show.

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    Becky Lucas - Um, Support Me?!

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    Hello, I’m Becky, and I’m a 29 year old woman which means I’m passionate about two things: getting every surface of the bathroom incredibly wet and blaming my mood and behaviour on the moon. In the past year I filmed a bunch of stuff for Comedy Central, did the Melbourne International Comedy Festival gala, filmed a pilot for the ABC, performed my solo show at the Sydney Opera House as part of the JFL comedy festival as well as some other stuff. I also got banned from twitter for making a joke about chopping the Prime Minister’s head off, which is ridiculous because honestly, I don’t even have the time! I have a friggin’ show to perform! Anyway, um, support me?!

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    Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs - Women Like Us

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from your usual comedians. For a start they’re women. They’re mothers. They’re middle aged and they are country girls.

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    Larry Dean - Bampot

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    Fresh from a sell-out international tour, Larry debuts in Canberra with his EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD nominated new show, an hour of ‘unexpected and excellent’ **** (Times) thoughts on Scottishness, sodomites and self-esteem. “One of the most honest, moving and incredibly funny sets I’ve seen in a very long time” The Herald ★★★★★ “Extremely funny… if he continues to evolve at this pace he seems destined to become a household name.” Telegraph ★★★★ “A national treasure” Chortle ★★★★ “At the top of his game… Bampot underlines why Dean is an ever-rising star.”

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    John Safran - Jew Detective: Sarcasm is not a Crime

    Date

    Thursday 21 March

    John Safran has made a career of turning up where he isn’t wanted. Recently the writer & filmmaker has been snooping around Aussie Nazis and jihadis. He wants to tell you the hilarious stories of how he gets in and (mainly) avoids being thumped. Join John as all the beans are spilt.

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    Fern Brady - Power and Chaos

    Date

    Friday 22 March

    With her dry wit and caustic charm, Fern Brady has built her name on incisive commentary and close-to-the-bone comedy. Fern is bold, brash and sometimes brutal, using her unique world-view to dissect politics and relationships with passionate honesty. As seen on the BBC’s Live from the Apollo & Comedy Central’s The Russell Howard Hour. ‘Whip-smart, unabashed honesty’ Herald ‘An astounding hour’ ★★★★★ The List ‘Quick witted acerbic stand-up’ ★★★★★ The Skinny

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    Chris Ryan - Bogus

    Date

    Friday 22 March

    Chris once heard a bloke say: “If you cut the corners you get there quicker” when giving directions to a motorcyclist in Tasmania without a hint of sarcasm and realised she cuts corners all the time, just not on a motorbike. Fake tans, fake friends, fake news: If you take the shortcut the it’s probably bogus – but you’ll still get there. Probably.Chris Ryan’s laconic take on passive aggressive co-workers, family and relationships earned her spots on Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tours to Queensland and NSW, the Canberra Comedy Festival Gala, TEDxCanberra, Floriade Nightfest, the Fearless Comedy Gala and CanBRA Comedy Gala in 2018.

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    Nazeem Hussain - Basic Idiot

    Date

    Friday 22 March

    It’s been a massive year for Nazeem. He became a Dad, his sketch show Orange Is The New Brown began airing on Ch 7, he recorded his first Netflix special, and was finally invited to speak at his high school assembly (Rex Hunt pulled out). But more than fatherhood itself, Nazeem is most excited about joking about these things AND MORE on stage!If you’ve never seen Nazeem, where have you been? Selling out shows across Australia, New Zealand, Edinburgh, London, China, Malaysia, Montreal & even Sri Lanka – Nazeem is a comedian at the top of his game.

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    Randy - Live!

    Date

    Friday 22 March

    After a decade of tactical delays and hollow promises, Australia’s premier non-human stand-up comedian is finally coming to Canberra! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Randy in his natural habitat doing what he does best – appearing from the waist up while screaming into a microphone.

  • Comedy Act

    Anne Edmonds - What's Wrong With You?

    Date

    Friday 22 March

    What’s wrong with me? Nah. What’s wrong with you? I’m sick of talking about myself; it’s time to talk about everyone else (I’ll probably still talk about myself a bit). You might have seen me on Have You Been Paying Attention? (TEN), as Helen Bidou or in my own show The Edge Of The Bush (ABC).

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    Jimeoin - Result!

    Date

    Friday 22 March

    The man with the best brows in the business brings you his new show Result! The master of observational humor will take you on a hilarious rollercoaster as he discusses the absurdities of everyday life.

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    Dilruk Jayasinha

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    Dilruk Jayasinha has quickly become one of Australia’s favourite comedians.

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    The Stevenson Experience - Takes One To Know One

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    Three-time Perth FRINGEWORLD Best Comedy Award Nominees, 2015, 2016, & Runner-Up 2017. As seen on Channel 10, ABC, Eleven, and The Comedy Channel If your siblings ever told you to ‘stop hitting yourself’ or ‘stop touching me’ (even though you weren’t touching them, you were touching the air in front of them), then you’re going to like this show times infinity plus one. After a completely Sold-Out worldwide tour in 2018, Beej (#1 Best Selling Author of the critically acclaimed novel Greenlight) and Jimmy (plays guitar) are back! Australia’s favourite twins return with a brand-new show – packed full of their hilarious songs and trademark sibling banter. See why they are quickly gaining worldwide acclaim for having one of the fastest and funniest hours at the festival, and find out what makes them tick and what ticks them off (hint: it’s each other).

  • Comedy Act

    Akmal - Open for Renovations

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    Have you always wanted a perfect body, with rock hard abs and buns of steel without ever getting out of bed? Imagine having enough confidence to get out of your car during a road rage incident that wasn’t your fault, instead of apologising and cowardly driving off as quickly as you.

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    Dave Hughes - Hairy

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    Dave hasn’t had a haircut since last year’s Festival. His fringe is now a face curtain. What has prompted this radical change? Is it a crisis? Is he going through manopause? The only way to know the answers is to come along. Only your own ears and eyes can be trusted. Book now.

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    Dave Thornton - Lean Into It

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    Dave Thornton seems to have his shit together. He is in that late 30-something haze where he now drinks black coffee, red wine and knows what a quarterly BAS statement is. You might have seen him on The Project (Network Ten) or hosting The Beep Test (Fox Footy) every week.

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    Charlie Pickering - Us & Them

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    There’s two types of people in this world: those who think that everyone can be divided into two neat groups and those who don’t. Charlie Pickering – host of The Weekly – is coming to Canberra with a brand-new stand up show about why the world is so divided and what might bring it together again.

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    Clean Comedy Spectacular

    Date

    Saturday 23 March

    Featuring a line-up of the Festival’s best acts doing short sets in a 70-minute blockbuster show. All your favourite comedians – none of the swearing – in a show designed for the whole family!

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    Luke Heggie - Have That

    Date

    Sunday 24 March

    Luke Heggie threatened to quit stand up comedy, but after everyone he told of his plans cried inconsolably and clung to his ankles as he walked away, he decided that the world needs laughter. So he’s back with another harsh but fair show about dickheads. If you own a circular beach towel and/or a set of square dinner plates, you do the reach-around at buffets to get an empty plate before you’re in front of the food, you’re one of those deluded losers who’s friends with all his ex-girlfriends, you wear a t-shirt with the word “finisher” on it, you were the one responsible for hot nuts not being available in pubs anymore, you’re neither a mechanic nor a toddler and yet you wear overalls, you need a performer to be some former eisteddfod winner who will tell you how to think and act in your everyday lives, the most impressive thing to you about a comedian is that “he didn’t swear once!”, or you need your comedy to sound just like it did in a much happier era of your life, then this is not the show for you. No lowbreeds please.

  • Comedy Act

    Nick Cody - Old Mate

    Date

    Sunday 24 March

    As seen on ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’, ‘Talkin’ About Your Generation’, ’Hughesy, We Have a Problem’, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Conan (US), The Project  and heaps more…

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    Ronny Chieng - Tone Issues Tour

    Date

    Wednesday 3 April

    Century and Canberra Comedy Festival Present One of the stars of the worldwide smash hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, as seen in GQ and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Canberra Comedy Festival favourite Malaysian Chinese comedian, Ronny Chieng, returns to Australia to perform his unapologetic stand-up live for for a very limited run of shows!

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