21 August 2017

A Short Fast & Funny showcase of Canberra's awesome comedy talent

| Elias Hallaj
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What is Short, Fast and Funny?

On Thursday 31 August Comedy ACT is teaming up CIT Media & Music to present Short Fast & Funny – a showcase of local comedy at the Music Industry Centre Venue at Woden CIT.

The event features the majority of local Canberra comedians (around 25-30 of them) performing 3-minute sets which are to be filmed and recorded by CIT Media & Music students.

Vanessa Conlin

Pictured above is Canberra comedian Vanessa Conlin at the last Short, Sharp and Funny. And she was!

This is the second Short Fast & Funny event to be run, with the last event held in late 2015. Last time the event saw around 30 local comedians perform 3-minute sets, with the show hosted by Tim Duck, who while keen to point out that he is not a comedian, is involved with the Comedy ACT, CIT Media & Music and Canberra Comedy Festival.

I caught up with Tim, who is without doubt one of the organising geniuses in Canberra’s awesome local comedy scene, to find out some more about the event…

Who can we expect to see performing at Short Fast & Funny?

Expect to see most of the currently performing comedians on the local scene. Everyone from experienced acts like Tom Gibson, Chris Ryan and Greg Kimball, to a bunch of newer fresh acts such as Laura Campbell, Frances McNair and Bill Makin. The host is to be confirmed at this stage – it might be me, or it might be someone who is actually funny.

The show is a load of fun, with the idea being that these performances might be considered TV sets – imagine short sets on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (RIP) or one of the TV talk shows.

Pictured above are some of Canberra’s many talented comics: This gang calls themselves Ramshackle Fiasco and it includes Danny Bensley, Emo Parsonson, Chris Ryan, Tom Gibson and Hamish Hudson.

Where is the gig?

In the comfort of the of the CIT Music Industry Centre Venue at Woden CIT, which is on the corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ainsworth Street. It’s a great venue, and the staff and students there do a fantastic job with the production and filming. There will be a licensed cash bar in operation too.

CIT Media & Music regularly host events at the CIT Music Industry Centre Venue at Woden CIT, which provide students with great real world gig experience. Other events coming up at the venue include Alumnight, featuring Citizen Kay and Wandering Ghosts on Thursday 17 August, which will showcase a couple of great music acts whose performing line-ups were formed while they were students at the CIT Music Industry Centre. Another gig to look out for is American live podcast The Dollop who return to the venue on Thursday 26 October, although this show has nearly sold out already, so if you are interested in attending it would be best to book tickets soon via comedyact.com.au.

How much does it cost?

$10 full price or $5 concession. This is an absolute bargain for a showcase of Canberra comedy!

Where do I get these extremely cheap tickets?

Go to the Short Fast and Funny Trybooking link here.

Where else can I go in this fine city to enjoy more Canberra Comedy after Short, Fast & Funny?

Many of the amazing comedians you will see at Short Fast and Funny regularly perform around Canberra at the numerous comedy venues in our beautiful city. You must follow Comedy ACT Inc. on Facebook and also the Canberra Comedy Festival Twitter feed. If you’d like to enjoy more stand up comedy in your life, throw some of these venues and regular comedy events into your diary:

Civic Pub, including the regular a Shot & A Beer nights by the Bensley brothers. The most regular Civic Pub show is Comedy Club at The Civic Pub is on the first Wednesday of the month, as well as other shows including A Shot and a Beer (3rd Wednesdays). Both shows include delicious and cheap $10 schnitties so if you’re a hungry fan of comedy you’d be crazy to miss these shows.

Bunker Comedy, hosted by Greg Kimball (Canberra’s very own #ManBaby AND #EveryDayHero) at the Ginninderra Labor Club in Charnwood

The Front (free open mic nights)

The Phoenix (free open mic nights)

The Bright Side on 2XX on Wednesday mornings with Chris Ryan, Emo Parsonson and Tom Gibson. They’re also on the twitters. Good job Chris!

Lolpol at Polit Bar

Smiths Open mic on Sunday nights (new and free!).

I’m not aware of any regular comedy gigs in Tuggeranong, but happy to be corrected in the comments section below!

You can see from the short (and probably incomplete list above) how hard it is to be a fanboy of ACT Comedy (too many gigs, not enough free nights in the week) and why I am so often in trouble with my better half for disappearing of an evening when I should be at home helping her disarm the little ninjas and put them to bed.

Elias Hallaj (aka CBRfoodie) is a part-time food blogger and full-time political staffer who has joined RiotACT as a regular contributor. All his opinions about Canberra comedy are his own. Don’t worry he is trying to cut back on watching too much, but insists Canberra comedians are just too damned funny. If you have any tips or feedback or advice about comedy or food around Canberra you can add a comment below or find him most nights on Twitter @CBRfoodie.


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