I was lucky enough to be a guest of the Canberra Comedy Festival for their gala showcase tonight.
While Andrew Barr was speaking (and making a pretty well delivered joke about having to play the straight man) his staff emailed out a media release sharing his thoughts:
This evening I officially opened the inaugural Canberra Comedy Festival, which will feature five days of comedy performances from some of Australia’s favourite comedy acts.
The ACT Government is pleased to support the Canberra Comedy Festival, which received $9,200 in funding through the ACT Festival Fund.
The Canberra Comedy Festival will be held from 19 to 23 March, and will showcase local comedy acts, such as The Stevenson Experience and Tom Gibson, alongside national and international performers including Tripod, Akmal Saleh and British comedian Stephen K Amos.
This is a fantastic new event for the Canberra region. Comedy festivals are popular in all capital cities across Australia and Canberra can now boast its own event. It will create opportunities for local comedians to develop and present shows, perform with big-name acts, and gain experience in the production of comedy shows.
It was a fascinating night with different comedians adapting to a Canberra audience with greater and lesser degrees of success.
(Jokes about government to an audience of public servants, politicians, and journalists have to be pretty clever and on the mark to get a laugh)
You’re going to have to get in fast for a ticket with shows selling out fast.