Brisbane will be plunged into hysterics from Friday February 23 to Sunday March 25 when the city’s largest ever lineup of the best Aussie and international acts lay comical siege to three venues – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and new venue SunPAC – as part of Brisbane Comedy Festival 2018.
The ninth instalment of Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival will bring more than 70 stellar comedians to Brisbane. Leading the pack of international laughter masters are Jim Gaffigan, who will kick off his anticipated Australian and New Zealand tour with his Brisbane debut, Irishmen Jimeoin and Des Bishop, Canadian DeAnne Smith, Englishmen Stephen K Amos and Jeff Green, who will be celebrating 30 years on the comedy circuit with a special show. Also on the bill is beloved Kiwis Cal Wilson and Urzila Carlson, Scottish star Daniel Sloss and American Rich Hall, making his long-awaited return.
Brisbane-bound Aussie household names include Akmal, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, Joel Creasey, Lawrence Mooney, Matt Okine, Nazeem Hussain and Tom Gleeson, alongside comedy queens Fiona O’Loughlin, Mel Buttle, Celia Pacquola, Becky Lucas, Gen Fricker and Zoë Coombs Marr.
The festival will kick off with non-stop giggles and gags at the Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 23 February. The ever-popular variety extravaganza will feature Brisbane favourite Mel Buttle as mistress of ceremonies, alongside Matt Okine, Luke Heggie, Becky Lucas, Demi Lardner (making her Brisbane debut), and some special surprise guests.