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Brisbane Comedy Festival releases 2018 line-up

Find yourself in a month-long fit of laughter as 70 comedians assemble for the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Happening from 23 February to 25 March, the festival will present everything from hip-hop to sketches and improvisation.

If you’ve ever wondered what frustrates a matador the most or pondered the intricacies of feminist Latino 1970s art, you’ll find yourself in hilarious like-minded company at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Comedians are flying in from across the country and the world, ready to set stages across the city alight with hilarity.

Highlights on the massive bill include the Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala hosted by Mel Buttle with Matt Okine, Luke Heggie, Becky Lucas and Demi Lardner. This year marks 30 years of comedy for Jeff Green and he’s planned a special show to celebrate, and it will all kick off with US comedian Jim Gaffigan as he makes his anticipated Brisbane debut.

Returning favourites include Stephen K Amos, Jimeoin, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Joel Creasey, Urzila Carlson, Nazeem Hussain and Tom Gleeson. After Hours is also back, for a cheap fix of comedy.

Here’s the full line-up for our annual month of comedy.

International comedians

Jim Gaffigan (USA)
Jimeoin (Ireland)
Des Bishop (Ireland)
DeAnne Smith (Canada)
Stephen K Amos (England)
Jeff Green (England)
Cal Wilson (New Zealand)
Urzila Carlson (New Zealand)
Daniel Sloss (Scotland)
Rich Hall (USA)
Dusty Rich (South Africa)

Homegrown acts

Wil Anderson – Matt Okine – Tom Gleeson – Fiona O’Loughlin – James Smith – Lawrence Mooney – Dave Hughes – Peter Helliar – Celia Pacquola – Akmal – Neel Kolhatkar – Lehmo – Nick Cody – Joel Creasey – Mel Buttle – Sam Simmons – Nazeem Hussain – Pauly Fenech – Dave Thornton – Heath Franklin’s Chopper – Dilruk Jayasinha – Harley Breen – Gen Fricker – Zoë Coombs Marr – The Naked Magicians – David Smiedt – Tommy Little – Luke Heggie – Rama Nicholas – Damien Power – Cam Knight – Becky Lucas – Shayne Hunter – Guy Montgomery – Alex Ward – Angus Gordon – Demi Lardner – Sam Taunton – Danielle Walker – Matt Stewart – The Stevenson Experience – Jacques Barrett – Tom Walker – Sam Campbell – The Travelling Sisters – Simon Taylor – Angella Dravid and Melanie Bracewell – Cameron James – Tim Hewitt – Gillian Cosgriff – Rose Callaghan – Jude Perl – Joe Shaffer – Ivan Aristeguieta

Special shows

Animated! An Improvised Musical Fairytale
Yada Yada Yada
Cool Story Bro
Brisburned
Queerstories
Convince Me!
Class Clowns
Live and Local
Queensland Theatresports
After Hours
Livespark
Knockoff

See more at Brisbane Comedy Festival's website.

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