This week’s shout out goes to the funny men and women of Canberra.
Stand-up comedy must be one of the hardest gigs in the world – it’s just so easy to fail! A comedian asks more from their audience than any other performer. They ask the audience to laugh every few seconds, and if the audience doesn’t, well, let’s just say it’s a very painful experience watching a comedian die on stage.
Comedy ACT are the big boys of comedy in Canberra. It’s rare to see a Comedy ACT comedian die, infact, it’s rare to see a Comedy ACT comedian be anything less than super friggin funny! They hold events in the Civic Pub (the one in Braddon with all the pool tables) every month on a Wednesday night which are always well attended, as well as various other comedy shows. Check out their gig guide to find out more.
Also out there putting on shows is the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, doing monthly shows on Tuesday nights.
There are several options for people starting out to get some stage time. You can do a comedy course with Jay Sullivan at the Tuggers Art Centre, or you can head to The Front (Lyneham) or The Pot Belly (Belconnen) and jump in on a comedy open mic night.
Every year Comedy ACT take a show, Capital Punishment, to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show held in Melbourne Town Hall has always attracted good reviews and full houses.
To see a preview of this year’s festival show (FB event here), head to the Irish Club in Weston on Thursday Feb 16. It’s recommended that you book tickets.
Who’s your favourite Canberra Comedian?