Last Saturday night (2 December) I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of fellow-Canberrans at the A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas, featuring great comedians like Dilruk Jayasinha, Joel Creasey, Fiona O’Loughlin, James Smith, as well as fantastic local comics Hamish Hudson, Maddy Weeks and Anthony Tomic.
They played to a packed Llewellyn Hall at ANU and gave Canberra comedy fans a snippet of what they can expect at next year’s Canberra Comedy Festival.
This week, the Canberra Comedy Festival has also unveiled a spectacular 2018 line-up! Now an annual tradition of the Canberra events calendar, the sixth Canberra Comedy Festival returns in spectacular fashion from March 19 – 25, 2018 including a massive Opening Night Gala planned for Tuesday 20 March 2018. Canberra will host a huge contingent of international stars, including the Canberra Comedy Festival Debut of Ross Noble (UK), and many more favourites including; Arj Barker (USA), Urzila Carlson (SA), Stephen K Amos (UK), Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare (UK), Daniel Sloss (SCO), Rich Hall (USA), and John Hastings (CAN).
The Festival will also feature a huge bunch of returning Canberra favourites and Australian stars of stage and screen, featuring; Dave Hughes, Nazeem Hussain, Joel Creasey, Cal Wilson, Tommy Little, Dave Thornton, Claire Hooper, Dilruk Jayasinha, Nath Valvo, Becky Lucas, Luke Heggie, Nick Cody, ‘The Stevenson Experience’, Damien Power, and James Smith.
As always, a strong line-up of local and rising stars will also be an integral part of the festival, with the 2018 line-up consisting of; Tom Gibson, Simon Taylor, Chris Ryan, Andrew and Danny Bensley, ‘ACT Like A Lady’, ‘Pilot Season’, Mark Swivel, Josh Earl, Anthony Tomic, Cameron James, Yianni Agisilaou, Greg Kimball and Jeremy Margosis, Luke Bernie, Harris Stuckey and James McMahon, Vanessa Conlin, and ‘Look at me now Mum!’. Also returning to develop local comedy talent are the national comedy competition RAW Comedy 2018, and the school-aged comedy competition Class Clowns. 2018 will also see a return of our successful family comedy show, ‘The Clean Comedy Spectacular’ and will also feature family performances by Josh Earl.
Artistic Director Benjamin Stevenson says “For the 2018 festival we have managed to pull together the biggest and best line-up that we have ever had. Featuring the biggest stars in the world and smorgasbord of specially curated rising stars, the 2018 Comedy Festival promises a hilarious and varied line-up with something for everyone!”
The 2018 Canberra Comedy Festival will run from the 19th – 25th of March 2018 and will feature over 60 shows at venues all over Canberra City.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit: www.canberracomedyfestival.com.au
Venue: Various locations – Canberra City Centre
Dates: 19 March – 25 March 2018
Tickets: $20 – $89. Ticketing Fees may apply
Times: 5:30 pm – 10 pm