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The Brisbane Comedy Festival 2019 line-up is here

It has been a decade since the first Brisbane Comedy Festival filled us with laughter, and the annual LOL-fest has continued to grow every year since. To celebrate its tenth birthday, the festival has unveiled one of its biggest line-ups yet, with international stars, cabaret, improv and more appearing over four weeks. Here is what’s in store for Brisbane Comedy Festival in 2019.

From homegrown favourites who are now global names to the anticipated Brisbane premiere of Shit-faced Shakespeare, there is plenty to look forward to at the 2019 edition of Brisbane Comedy Festival.

The festival is set to lighten up the start of your year, taking over Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC from 22 February to 24 March. So are you ready for a month of laughter?

Highlights of the 75 acts set to appear include Ronny Chieng and Felicity Ward (who have left Australian shores for the US and UK respectively), as well as all-star act Frocking Hilarious and the introduction of a new family program. And it all kicks off with the Opening Gala, hosted by Charlie Pickering in what will be his only festival performance.

It might be Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival, but Brisbane Comedy Festival has resisted maturity upon hitting double digits, proudly inviting you to get skit-faced in 2019. Explore the full line-up below.

Homegrown acts

Charlie Pickering – Felicity Ward – Damien Power – Tim Ferguson – Ronny Chieng – Mel Buttle – Nazeem Hussain – Dave Hughes – Luke Heggie – Jan van de Stool – Lawrence Mooney – Dave Thornton – Demi Lardner – Corey White – Scared Weird Little Guys – Paul Foot – Becky Lucas – Tommy Little – Aaron Chen – Danielle Walker – Sam Campbell – Tom Ballard – Nick Cody – Tom Walker – Garry Starr – Greg Larsen – Sam Taunton – Simon Taylor – Nath Valvo – Alex Ward – Rhys Nicholson – Georgie Carroll – Neel Kolhatkar – Nikki Osborne – Guy Montgomery – Charity Werk – Michael Shafar – Dusty Rich – Tahir – Tim Hewitt – Steph Tisdell – Matt Stewart – Gillian English – Tom Cashman – Cameron James – Angella Dravid – Zack Dyer – Ciaran Lyons – Double Denim – Raven On – #firstworldwhitegirls – The Stevenson Experience – ImproMafia – Shit-faced Shakespeare

International comedians

Ross Noble (England)
Jeff Green (England)
Rod Kemp (England)
Danny Bhoy (Scotland)
Daniel Sloss (Scotland)
Larry Dean (Scotland)
DeAnne Smith (Canada)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Ivan Aristeguieta (Venezuela)

Special shows

Brisbane Comedy Festival Opening Gala
Frocking Hilarious
Lady Sings it Better
Breakout Showcase
New in Town
After Hours
Comedy Smorgasbord
Brewhouse Comedy
Queensland Theatresports

Family program

Around the Campfire
Class Clowns
Whimpy Chimpy
The World According to Farts
Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Show


Brisbane Comedy Festival 2019
22 February to 24 March
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC
Full program




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