Perth's longest-running comedy club is presenting a curated season of 20 shows across 23 days as part of Fringe World.
No less than 60 homegrown and visiting comedians will take over the venue for three to five shows a night, five nights a week. Some of the comedians have been 'trapped' in Australia since last festival, so they'll be reprising (or premiering!) hit shows at The Laugh Resort including UK festival fave Gordon Southern's new show 'Nisolation': “I’d always wanted to emigrate here; looks like I accidentally did it a bit earlier than anticipated!” Gordon says.
Fast-rising Japan comedy export Takashi 'Waka' Wakasugi will give audiences an encore of 'Farm Backpacker (Subclass 417)', which he presented last year to sold-out crowds.
These acts lead an all-star programme of handpicked quality comedians.
Two shows which were originally set for Melbourne premieres in 2020 will now make their debuts in WA: Stockbroker-turned-comedian Andrew Wolfe's 'Circling The Drain' and VIC refugee Scott Limbrick's 'The Last Blockbuster On Earth'.
Circus and street performer Ross Vegas makes his return to the comedy club stage, with the debut of a live-looped, a cappella, hip hop song cycle years in the making called 'Recurrence'.
The third annual 'Galentine's Day Gala' hosted by Canada's Tor Snyder will celebrate gal pals and spotlight female comedians on Valentine's Day Eve.
Meanwhile, back by popular demand will be Alissia Marsh's 'King Of The Lesbians', the videogame-inspired 'Sonny Yang's Incredibly Stupid Adventure Game' and South Australia's 'Jon Bennett: Playing With Men', about a young football career's tragic end.
The Laugh Resort will also welcome back hearing-impaired comedian Brad Hearne with a new hour, 'Deafinitive'. The towering red-lipped, red-nailed commander of the perfectly-timed barb, Ayden Doherty, presents a bittersweet black comedy 'Birthday Party For A Dead Friend'.
Themes of survival and mental health are strong in Stephen Lee's trademark un-PC homecoming show 'The George Pell Tabernackle Choir Sing The Hims'.
Rising stars will take to the stage too – from Gen Zs to Boomers – in ensemble shows such as 'The Heckle', 'Punchline Pimps', 'Old Tarts & Farts' and 'Toxic Millenniality'.
WA Raw Comedy Winner Squirly brings a new hour of yarns in 'Heaps Aussie' and Sean Conway and friends present 'The Goat King Writers Club LIVE'.
“What I love about our programme, which every year heroes over 50 per cent WA acts, is that our homegrown talent is among the best in the country and the world; the types of humour on offer are so diverse; and you’ll discover comics who, regardless of fame or not, may well become your new faves,” Club Manager Di Star says.
The Laugh Resort's Fringe World season is on from 15 January-14 February at The Shoe Bar & Cafe.