Brisbane Comedy Festival will make you laugh until you cry
In fact, don't just leave it at that - it's time to book a show at the Brisbane Comedy Festival and get ready to chuckle, chortle and have a damn good giggle.
The Powerhouse Brisbane Comedy Festival producer Phoebe Meredith has brought to town the best in the business and that includes those talented entertainers who have stepped lightly from the 1970s, 80s and 90s and, still in great form, jumped into the razzle dazzle of the new millennium.
Remember those fabulously, Scared Weird Little Guys? Well, Phoebe M, with some trepidation, tracked down the legendary pair and invited the little guys and all their weirdness to enter Brisvegas. Now for the first time in nearly 10 years, dear ole Rusty and John, the "scaredies", will be reunited to play the greatest and funniest hits as well as a fistful of new stunts, jokes and songs, which sound a bit like the old stuff - only funnier.
And for those who were there at the start of the "new age" and truly understand the word "sensitive", you will be delighted to meet Zack Dyer, who commands the Sensitive New Age Bogan show. The show is one part bogan from North Queensland coming to terms with himself and the ever-changing sensibilities of the modern world, and nine parts his hilarious take on his sensitive role on the planet.
The must mention, is comedy legend Tim Ferguson - think Doug Anthony Allstars - who rips the lid off his extraordinary life. He reveals the terrors and tears of his world-wide escapades. As for his lifelong battle with multiple sclerosis, Tim says: "I don't suffer MS. It suffers me. Hilarious, touching and wicked, the show is described as "hell on wheels".
This is the second year that the Powerhouse's Phoebe M has produced the BCF and has said the welcoming, receptive Brisbane audience is an essential part of the success that sees the 2019 Comedy Festival celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Phoebe said that in 2009 the festival sold 25,000 tickets, while last year 62,500 tickets were snapped up.
"Our audience is the key to our success," she said.
But so is inclusive comedy program that includes family-friendly offering - (hello grandparents, make sure to put this on the kids' entertainment agenda), an all-female gala, showcase of breakout local talent, two events at Newstead. (Note: popularity of Newstead events saw an immediate sell-out).
Brisbane Comedy Festival 2019 runs until March 24. It will be held at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC.
Program and booking info:
English comedians Ross Noble, Jeff Green and Rod Kemp; Scotsmen Danny Bhoy, Daniel Sloss and Larry Dean; Canadian DeAnne Smith; New Zealander Paul Williams; and Venezuelan Ivan Aristeguieta. Aussie exports Ronny Chieng and Felicity Ward with national treasures and hometown heroes including Dave Hughes, Tom Ballard, Nazeem Hussain, Lawrence Mooney, Mel Buttle, Damien Power and Becky Lucas.
Complementing a strong roster of stand-up shows, squads of funny people will gang up for a series of all-star acts including Frocking Hilarious, Queerstories, Lady Sings It Better and Shit-faced Shakespeare making its Brisbane debut with A Midsummer Night's Dream.
More PG-rated fare plays out across the dedicated family program with Around The Campfire improvised comedy, Whimpy Chimpy game show, Mr Snot Bottom's Stinky Silly Show, The World According To Farts & Other Extraordinary Sounds Of The Human Body, and the Class Clowns competition for students in Years 9-12.