Perth's longest-running comedy club, The Laugh Resort, is hosting 23 shows this year for Fringe World.
This number is up from last year, proving the venue's popularity with audiences and comedians from not only Australia but the world.
“We were chuffed our performers overall attracted a higher than festival average attendance in 2019, including the WA Comedy Award Winner with a 100 per cent sold out season – a hard act to follow, but we reckon this year’s programme (50 per cent again heroing homegrown artists) has the talent to do it,” the not-for-profit club's Manager Di Star says.
Before everything gets underway, The Laugh Resort's regular third-Wednesday-of-the-month show (15 January) will be a Fringe Preview and stars acts from the venue's festival programme as well as a few visiting guests.
You can expect to see queen of queer comedy Anna Piper Scott and the UK's Brendon Burns, as well as local Laugh Resort season artists Matt Storer, Simone Springer, Sonny Yang, the naughty puppets of Pupperotica and – for his Perth debut – Scottish magician Kevin Kopfstein.
Three-time Best Comedy nominee Yianni Agisilaou plays 'The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know' and 'Australia Says Welcome (Conditions Apply)'.
Meanwhile UK guest Gordon Southern puts his real life encounters through a comedic lens in 'That Boy Needs Therapy' – fundraising for BeyondBlue – and James Donald Forbes McCann presents 'Devil's Advocate'.
Jacques Barrett celebrates ten years at the top of his game, while Rose Callaghan presents a road-test of her new material.
The final week welcomes 'The Great American D*ckless Comedy Show' led by Maria Herman who is also MC-ing the second annual 'Galentine's Day Gala'.
Returning home for Fringe World are Jason Pestell, Alli Butler, Brett Blake, and Mike Goldstein.
“And there’ll be more surprising (and big name) guest stars in our '9 At 9' show every Wednesday night,” Di says. “So if you love comedy but aren’t sure what or who to get a ticket to, this is definitely a must-see and completely different every week.
“Yes, we’re in for a hectic month with between three and five shows every day, five days a week, but with humour being such a broad church and so subjective, hopefully the diversity of this Independent Hub programme we’ve curated means there’s comedy to tickle everyone’s tastes.”
The Laugh Resort's Fringe World season runs from 17 January-16 February (preview 15 January) at The Shoe Bar & Cafe, Yagan Square.