Prepare to LOL in the aisles – Brisbane Comedy Festival returns for 2021 with a star-studded line-up hitting the river city for three weeks.
It’s a packed programme of sizzling highlights featuring homegrown heroes, repeat offenders and fan favourites playing across three Brisbane venues: Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli and Fortitude Music Hall.
“We’re long overdue a little light relief after COVID-19 cut the laughs short in the final week of last year’s Festival,” Comedy Festival Director Phoebe Meredith says.
“Australia’s most talented comedians spent that time working on new material and if the reviews coming out of Melbourne International Comedy Festival are anything to go by we are all in for a real treat.
“Brisbane comedy fans are renowned for being rowdy, receptive and up-for-a-laugh so it’s unsurprising to see so many big acts eager to hit our stages.”
The festival will kick off the 24-day event at Fortitude Music Hall, hosted by Tommy Little.
Straight-talking YouTube star and lockdown legend Nat’s What I Reckon hits the Powerhouse to play his new show ‘On Purpose’ and beloved comedic import Ross Noble brings ‘Comeback Special’ to the Powerhouse as well.
Also emerging from lockdown with fresh material is Effie (Mary Coustas) in ‘Better Out Than In’.
A diverse schedule of acts will continue hitting the Brisbane Powerhouse stage including Christian Hull, Paul McDermott, Mel Buttle, Kevin Kropinyeri, Jimeoin, Cal Wilson, Aboriginal Allstars, Nikki Osbourne and Tom Ballard.
Brisbane comedy couple Stav and Kat Davidson present an encore season of ‘He Said, She Said’ with fresh and funny life-in-lockdown material included.
The Powerhouse also hosts the return of festival faves such as ‘Frocking Hilarious’, ‘Queerstories’, ‘Brisburned’, ’This Is Your Trial’ and ‘Knockoff’.
The Tivoli will host the Brisbane Comedy Festival Sunday Roast, serving up a feast of guest acts including Fiona O’Loughlin, Peter Helliar, Anne Edmonds & Lloyd Langford, Rosie Waterland, Dave Thornton and Geraldine Hickey.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under’’s Karen From Finance heads ‘Out Of Office’ to bring her high camp one-woman show to The Tivoli too, as do The Naked Magicians in their ‘Home-Coming Tour’.
“Everyone will be looking forward to Brisbane’s favourite funny festival, showcasing homegrown talent, household names, as well as three of Brisbane’s incredible arts and live music venues,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says.
“Festivals like this contribute to our vibrant and creative city, providing more to see, do, and smile about, while supporting our arts and events industry.”
Check out the full programme here.
Brisbane Comedy Festival 2021 is on from 16 July-8 August.