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SE U O H r a WER O M P 2 E n2 AN u B S S I – R B eb F 4 2 TUE HAHAHA! ! GOOD ONE PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND THE COURIER-MAIL

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CONTENTS 02 Welcome 03 Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala 04 Celia Pacquola 05 Chris Wainhouse 06 Hannah Gadsby 07 Nick Cody 08 Jack Druce Tien Tran Bianca Del Rio The Pineapple Club 09 Tommy Little Dave Thornton Heath Franklin’s Chopper 10 Fiona O’Loughlin 11 Jeff Green Alex Williamson 12 Frenchy Dr Brown Dr Brown Workshop 13 Rhys Nicholson 14 Tommy Dassalo Simon Taylor Greg Larsen These Kids Are Good 15 Class Clowns Speed 16 Cal Wilson 17 Tom Ballard 18 Mel Buttle Damien Power Em Rusciano 19 Jon Bennett Corey White Anne Edmonds 20 Matt Okine 21 Sandra Bernhard 22 Ronny Chieng 23 Tales From The Old Country Pajama Men Glenn Robbins & Dave O’Neil 24 Tom Gleeson 25 Wil Anderson 26 Dave O’Neil 27 Sam Simmons 28 Harley Breen 29 Paul Foot Bart Freebairn Ray Badran Geraldine Hickey 30 Tessa Waters Captain Fun Pants 31 Chalkboard 32 Knockoff Free Comedy 33 Partners 34 Information 35 Functions 36 Bar Alto 37 Watt Restaurant + Bar 38 Schedule 02 | briscomfest.com

WELCOME TO BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL! I once told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised. So, clearly, I’m not much of a comic, but hopefully one of the 40+ comedians from Australia and around the world at Brisbane Comedy Festival might give you more of a ROFL. I once had a friend who had a job circumcising elephants. The pay was lousy, but the tips were huge. If you’re after a free comedy fix, check out our weekly Knockoff series, as well as The Pineapple Club. Or stay out late with Chalkboard, where we gather a bunch of comedians from across the festival to do a ten-minute set of their favourite material. I once went to the park to play Frisbee with my dog. It was rubbish. I think I need a flatter dog. If your material is better than mine, try comedy workshops for adults with Dr Brown and for teens with Class Clowns. Or maybe leave the comedy to the professionals, and have some quality time with your friends, enjoying this amazing festival! And remember – never take the shell off your racing snail. It will only make them more sluggish.

KRIS STEWART ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA BRISBANE’S OWN COMEDY GALA IS HERE! Taking place in the newly-renovated City Hall, this event brings you a yet-to-be-announced line-up of local and Australian comedians. Join us for a rollicking good time as we fill the corridors of power with roaring laughter. Proudly supported by the Lord Mayor and Brisbane City Council.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE DATE Sat 28 Feb TIME 7pm VENUE City Hall, Brisbane CBD TICKETS $55 (f), $47 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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CELIA PACQUOLA

LET ME KNOW HOW IT ALL WORKS OUT See this award-winning comedian debut at Brisbane Comedy Festival, with her most revealing show to date. Celia has always been obsessed with the future, but planned for none of it. She has created a name for herself both here and in the UK, performed at the three major comedy festivals around the world and was nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2014 with this show. Celia is also a rising star of the small screen appearing on everything from Utopia and Offspring to Have You Been Paying Attention?, Spicks and Specks and Dirty Laundry. Why not go? She could get hit by a bus tomorrow.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 24 Feb–Sat 28 Mar TIME Tue-Fri 7.15pm, Sat 4pm + 7.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $25 (preview), Wed–Thu $28 (f), $25 (c),

Fri–Sat $32 + transaction fee ($3 single tickets/ $6 multiple tickets)

“…ENDLESSLY CHARMING, FURIOUSLY HONEST AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN STAND-UP.” THE INDEPENDENT

“UPLIFTING, DELIGHTFULLY FUNNY.”

«««« THE SCOTSMAN

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CHRIS WAINHOUSE

THE ANTICHRIS

After sell-out shows in Perth, Adelaide and Sydney, acclaimed comedian Chris Wainhouse invites you for a stroll across the comedy rocks of blind faith and ultra-conservatism in his latest show. Born into an evangelical creationist household, Wainhouse has become the black sheep of the family after becoming a comedian and determining that the planet is 4.5 billion years old. His show is a side-splitting story of discovery and belief, and was nominated for Perth Fringe Festival’s Best Comedy Show award. The Antichris is a rollicking evening peppered with tongue-in-cheek humour, clever social commentary and hilarious personal anecdotes. Don’t miss it.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND MARK DAVID MANAGEMENT DATE Tue 24 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $14 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $20 (f),

$17 (c), Fri–Sat $25 (f), $20 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“THE ANTICHRIS IS IN FULL THROTTLE, NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO STOP HIM.” THE MUSIC

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HANNAH GADSBY DONKEY

Donkeys, snakes and unicorns (to name a few) have been misrepresented throughout history. Hannah is here to tell you their other story. It will also be wrong but she will show you pictures and make you think differently about some animals you have probably already made your mind up about. Hannah has forged her own path as the preeminent, perhaps only, art historian/comedian combining an academic eye for detail with a class clown’s sense of stupidity. She has presented her unique comedy art lectures everywhere from New York’s Guggenheim Museum to London’s Kings Gallery and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 24 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Tue–Fri 8.45pm, Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Visy Theatre (Tue–Fri),

Powerhouse Theatre (Sat–Sun) TICKETS Tue–Thu + Sun $37 (f), $32 (c), Fri–Sat $39 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“JUST WONDERFUL... SUCH WARMTH, SUCH CANDOUR, SUCH INTELLIGENCE AND SO MANY, MANY LAUGHS.”

««««« THE SCOTSMAN

“ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S FUNNIEST COMEDIANS.” TIME OUT

««««« THE AGE

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THREE-TIME BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE NOMINEE HELPMANN AWARDS TWO-TIME BEST SHOW NOMINEE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL


NICK CODY

BEARD GAME STRONG “NICK CODY IS A REVELATION.”

«««« THE HERALD SUN

“CODY HAS THAT LARRIKIN LAD APPEAL THAT RUBS OFF ON EVERYONE AROUND...”

«««« THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Do you like beards? Do you like jokes? You’ll love Nick Cody. In the last year, Nick performed at the invite-only Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, filmed his sold-out stand-up comedy special at Sydney’s Metro Theatre and featured in hit TV series Kinne and Please Like Me. Now he’s hitting the stage with his kickass beard and quick-witted stand-up. Don’t miss it.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 24 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS Tue–Wed $15, Thu + Sun $20, Fri–Sat $25

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“NICK CODY IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH... A MAN DESTINED FOR BIG THINGS.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

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“If you like your dick jokes with a side of social consciousness, this is the ticket.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

JACK DRUCE

TIEN TRAN

Pull on your sneakers and go for a jog with acclaimed comedian Jack Druce. Or, if you’re not a runner, Jack will also talk about normal comedy things – like dating, soup, old movies, moving to Australia and the time he was a postman.

Enter the world of Tien Tran, where absurd social comedy and wry storytelling collide. Nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer Award and one of five comedians chosen for the festival’s Comedy Zone, Tran is definitely one to watch.

RUNNING IS GOOD

MOLOTOVS ON OLD STREEt

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DATE Tue 24 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS $10 (preview), Wed–Sun $20 (f), $18

DATE Tue 24 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS Tue–Wed $10, Thu+Sun $15,

(c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

Fri–Sat $20 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

BIANCA DEL RIO’S

COMEDY SPECIAL

Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio is heading Down Under with her debut show. Armed with quick wit, fabulous frocks and special guest Courtney Act, Bianca combines comedy and glamour for a fabulously funny night out.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, WORKING MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP DATE Sat 28 Feb TIME 9pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS $60 (f), $90 (vip)

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THE PINEAPPLE CLUB Dust off your dinner jackets, strap on your stilettos and join ImproMafia for a slice of nostalgic variety. This retro improvised comedy show will serve up a potent cocktail of games, songs, quizzes and, of course, fabulous prizes*. *Fabulous prizes may be limited to cans of pineapple.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND IMPROMAFIA DATE Every Fri + Sat TIME 7.45pm VENUE The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge TICKETS FREE


“LITTLE IS MASSIVE.”

««««« HERALD SUN

“A QUICK AND SELF DEPRECATING WIT.” THE AGE

««««« SCOTSMAN

TOMMY LITTLE

DAVE THORNTON

This may be Tommy’s Brisbane Comedy Festival debut but he’s been smashing it at festivals and clubs around the country (and overseas) for years! He’s sold out at Adelaide Fringe, added shows in Melbourne to keep up with demand and he’s coming to Brisbane for TWO SHOWS ONLY! Book a ticket – you deserve it.

Most things can do with a bit of spit and polish. What does that even mean? Join Dave for a new hour of stand-up and you will probably leave none the wiser. A charming storyteller, Dave draws his audience in, creating live shows that have made him one of the biggest names on the festival circuit. Two shows only!

AS SEEN ON THE PROJECT AND TIME OF OUR LIVES.

AS SEEN ON THIS WEEK LIVE.

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PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS

DATE Sat 28 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Sat 8.45pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $32 + transaction fee

DATE Sat 28 Feb–Sun 1 Mar TIME Sat 5.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $32 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

ENTER THE WEAPON

SPIT & POLISH

HEATH FRANKLIN’S CHOPPER REPEAT OFFENDER

People tell you to follow your heart. Well, Chopper followed his heart and it got him arrested, jailed and stabbed, which lead Chopper to the conclusion that his heart is a f**king idiot.

‘THIS IS A TOP HOUR OF UPROARIOUSLY ENTERTAINING COMEDY... PACKED WITH GOOD GAGS AND ‘SO WRONG IT’S RIGHT’ MOMENTS.”

«««« CHORTLE UK

Repeat Offender is about that moment where every fibre in your body wants you to smash something in half, like an amphetamine-addled Godzilla, but you take a few deep breaths, reassess the situation… and then do it anyway.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND LAUGHINGSTOCK PRODUCTIONS DATE Fri 27 Feb TIME 9pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS $36 (f), $32 (group 6+)

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FIONA O’LOUGHLIN THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH & NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH… SO HELP ME GOD!

Multi-award winning comedy queen Fiona O’Loughlin returns with her latest show where she reveals everything from performing for Julia Gillard to outing members of her own family. Fiona’s brand of story-based stand-up has seen her headline prestigious festivals, venues and shows around the world and score multiple awards and nominations. Don’t miss your chance to see her latest hysterically funny show.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND LIVE NATION DATE Wed 4–Sun 8 Mar TIME Wed–Fri 7.15pm, Sat 5.45pm + 7.15pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $27.50 (preview), Thu + Sun $32.50 (f), $28.50 (c),

Fri + Sat $40 (f), $35 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“THE NATION’S FINEST STAND UP.” THE AGE

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JEFF GREEN

“One of the greats of pure laugh-out-loud comedy.” THE HERALD SUN

HAPPY HOUR

All Jeff wants is to be happy. So why are there so many obstacles in his way? Money, relationships, kids, authority, three-sided mirrors in lifts, faulty automatic doors, the cat, his own dumb thoughts and actions… Join multi-award winning UK comedian Jeff Green as he mines the comedy gold from the pursuit of happiness, armed with his razor-sharp wit and wry observations. Don’t miss this show. It might just make you happy.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND MORE-COMEDY.COM DATE Tue 3–Sat 7 Mar TIME 8.45pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS Tue–Wed $25, Thu–Fri $34 (f), $29 (c), Sat $34

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

ALEX WILLIAMSON

THAT GUY FROM THE INTERNET After sold-out shows in Edinburgh, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne to audiences gathered largely from outside his loyal two million online subscribers, Alex Williamson is still “that guy from the internet”. Join online (and offline) comedy sensation Alex for his latest show. Enjoy his brand of cheeky, reprobate and raucous comedy and see why this juggernaut’s momentum shows no sign of hitting the brakes any time soon.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND MORE-COMEDY.COM DATE Fri 6–Sun 8 Mar TIME Fri + Sat 9pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS $35 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“THE FUTURE OF COMEDY.” THE SCOTSMAN

“WILDLY ENTERTAINING.” RIP IT UP

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FRENCHY

LIVE AND LANKY Tinder, crazy girlfriends, substitute teaching like a boss, wizards and muggles are just some of the topics internet sensation Frenchy (Ben French) tackles with his unique, relaxed style in his latest show. Raised in the ‘ghettoes of Wollongong’, Frenchy is best known for his Sungaatack YouTube channel and his Around Girlfriend vs. Around Mates videos, which have garnered him 12 million views. In addition to his weekly comedy videos, Frenchy has been a finalist in the Quest for the Best and triple j RAW comedy competitions. Don’t miss your chance to see Frenchy and his special musical guest Zac Gervaise.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND MORE-COMEDY.COM DATE Tue 3–Sun 8 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $30 + transaction fee

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

DR BROWN

COMEDY WORKSHOP Want to find your inner clown? Join multi-award winning Dr Brown for a five-day intensive workshop. This workshop is based on Gaulier clown technique and will give you the tools to learn how to be fearlessly funny. Bring comfortable clothing to move around and sweat in!

DR BROWN BEFRDFGTH

Dr Brown has delighted audiences in the UK and Australia, and his latest show has collected the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Barry Award and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award. Find out what Befrdfgth means in this bizarre physical comedy. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND DON’T BE LONELY DATE Wed 4–Sun 8 Mar TIME Wed–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $25 (preview), Thu + Sun $30 (f),

$25 (c), Fri–Sat $35 (f), $30 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets) 12 | briscomfest.com

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND DON’T BE LONELY DATE Mon 2–Fri 6 Mar TIME Mon + Wed–Fri 11am–5pm,

Tue 10am–4pm TICKETS $600 + transaction fee ($3 single tickets/ $6 multiple tickets)

“I’d do this workshop again every weekend if I could. Brilliant.” WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT


RHYS NICHOLSON

FORWARD

This year Rhys’ show is about heirlooms and legacies. When/if Rhys dies, what will he be remembered for? Seventy glittering years at the top of show business? Best Tilda Swinton look-alike? Most innovative penis joke? Come to Forward and help Rhys determine how we’ll look back on his life.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 3–Sun 8 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS Tue–Wed $15, Thu + Sun $20,

Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“BELONGS ON THE STAGE AND ISN’T AFRAID TO SHOW IT.” THE GUARDIAN UK

“NEAR-PRODIGIOUS COMEDIC INSTINCT.” CRIKEY

“HE IS EVOLVING INTO AN INCISIVE WIZARD OF STINGING WIT.” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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“A RISING STAR OF THE COMEDY SCENE.” TIME OUT

TOMMY DASSALO

SIMON TAYLOR

Enjoy whip-smart stand-up with the cherubic Tommy Dassalo. He’s the host of The Little Dum Dum Club podcast, been on Dirty Laundry Live and was edited out of It’s a Date. Now Tommy is back with his latest show, which features hilarious stories, hysterical one-liners and pretty good drawings.

He’s written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, toured South East Asia, the US and rural Australia and now you can see comedian Simon Taylor when he hits Brisbane with his unique brand of observational humour and storytelling.

CUTIE PIE

FUNNY

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOMMY DASSALO DATE Tue 3–Sun 8 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS $20 (preview),

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND SIMON TAYLOR DATE Tue 3–Sun 8 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS $10 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $15,

Wed–Thu + Sun $23 (f), $21 (c), Sat–Sun $26 (f), $24 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

Fri–Sat $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

GREG LARSEN

THESE KIDS ARE GOOD

Do you think men and women are different? Coke and Pepsi? Australians and Americans? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are wrong, and an overweight, slightly balding man in his early 30s with a sociology degree and a modest TV career is going to tell you why.

These Kids Are Good brings you an hour of Brisbane’s best emerging talent, with a variety of stand-up styles, stories and one-liners. Catch them before they are selling out festival shows.

EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND LITTLE BLUE CREATIVE PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND GREG LARSEN DATE Tue 3–Sun 8 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS $10 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $23 (f),

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DATE Sun 8 + Sun 22 Mar TIME Sun 8 Mar 7.15pm, Sun 22 Mar 5.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $15 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


“THE CLASS CLOWNS FINAL WAS FULL OF WONDERFUL, BIZARRE, ORIGINAL THINKERS THAT MADE ME LAUGH AND LAUGH AND LAUGH. THE FUTURE OF COMEDY IS A STRANGE AND INSPIRED PLACE.” FRANK WOODLEY

CLASS CLOWNS Are you a 14–18 year old smart-alec (or the parent or teacher of one)?

SPEED:

Then sign up at classclowns.com.au for this year’s Class Clowns competition and see whether you’ve got the chops to be the next Josh Thomas, Tom Ballard or Neel Kolhatkar.

THE MOVIE, THE PLAY There’s a bomb on a bus. If the bus drops below 50 miles an hour, it blows up. What do you do?! Climb aboard our vintage B59 Volvo for this shameless homage to the 1994 action thriller Speed, the film which proved once and for all the best drama is on public transport. PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND ACT/REACT DATE Tue 3–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Thu + Sun 7.15pm, Fri + Sat 7.15pm, 8.45pm VENUE Powerhouse Plaza TICKETS $20 (preview), Wed–Thu +

Sun $25 (f), $20 (c), Fri–Sat $28 (f), $23 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BRISBANE POWERHOUSE HEATS DATE Tue 3–Wed 4 Mar TIME Tue 4–6pm, performance 7pm, Wed 11am–1pm, performance 2pm VENUE Turbine Studio QUEENSLAND STATE FINAL DATE Sat 21 Mar TIME 2pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $16 (f), $12 (c) + transaction fee

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CAL WILSON UNDERCURRENTS

Cal returns to Brisbane, with a brand new show, reminding us why she is one of Australia’s most popular comedians. In 2014 Cal returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in ten years and was met with rave reviews. She’s also been all over our TV screens; co-hosting the Melbourne International Comedy Festival AllStars Gala, competing as a team captain on SlideShow and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Great Debate, and as a regular guest on Have You Been Paying Attention? and Spicks And Specks.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $25 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $32, Fri+Sat $37

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“MASTERFUL... HER AUDIENCE DISSOLVED IN HELPLESS PUDDLES FORMED FROM THEIR TEARS OF MIRTH.”

««««« EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

AS SEEN ON QI.

“A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE DELIGHT; EASILY ONE OF THE BEST HOURS YOU’LL SPEND AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL.”

«««« HERALD SUN

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TOM BALLARD

TAXIS & RAINBOWS & HATRED Former triple j Breakfast guy and host of ABC TV’s Reality Check, Tom Ballard is coming back to Brisbane Comedy Festival. His new hour of stand-up is about something bad and weird that happened to him in a taxi. Tom sells out theatres across the country, has played the invitation only Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, taken out the ARIA Award for ‘Best Comedy Release’ and supported the likes of Stephen Merchant and Wil Anderson. That’s pretty good. Tom’s new show gets stuck in to loneliness, labels, sex, love and finding the courage to be one’s self. With many jokes.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $25 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $27

(f), $25 (c), Fri–Sat $32 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“TOM IS ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL, FEARLESS AND HILARIOUS VOICES IN AUSTRALIAN COMEDY.” WIL ANDERSON

“[BALLARD’S] MATERIAL, MOST IMPORTANTLY, ABSOLUTELY KILLS... IT’S TIGHTLY PACED, IT’S PERFECTLY DELIVERED AND IT’S FUNNY AS HELL.”

««««« TIME OUT

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“THE RIGHT MIX OF SARCASTIC SELF-DEPRECATION AND GENUINE VULNERABILITY...”

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“A SERIOUS TALENT TO WATCH.” SCENE MAGAZINE

THE HERALD SUN

MEL BUTTLE

DAMIEN POWER

Mel’s had enough... in fact, she’s had it up to pussy’s bow. No one is safe as she sets her sights on the painfully annoying, the downright rude and the offensively happy. Mel draws from her embarrassing misadventures through modern life both on stage and in her regular column in The Courier-Mail. WINNER DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Newcomer nominee is back. Damien’s brother, Will, won the 2014 IndyCar championship making him one of the world’s best at driving really fast in a circle. It made Damien ponder: why do we do anything? Raw, assured, engaged and razor sharp – this is one show you can’t miss.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS

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DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $20 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $25 (f),

DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS $20 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $25 (f),

$22 (c), Fri–Sat $28 + transaction fee ($3 single tickets/$6 multiple tickets)

$22 (c), Fri–Sat $28 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

UP TO PUSSY’S BOW

I CAN’T BELIEVE I CARED

EM RUSCIANO THE MOTHERLOAD

This hilarious debut features a John Farnham sing-a-long, all the love of a Celine Dion power-ballad, references to extreme toilet paper usage and no attempt to hide marital difficulties. Accompanied by her long-suffering father Vincie, Em Rusciano rips through your heart as she reveals the sublime and ridiculous “EM RUSCIANO IS aspects of marriage, AN IRREPRESSIBLE motherhood and pop culture. FORCE OF NATURE.” If you’ve had a mother, ««««« this show is for you. RIP IT UP

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND MORE-COMEDY.COM DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $35 + transaction fee

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“Bennett is the patron saint of storytelling.”

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BROADWAY BABY (UK)

JON BENNETT

COREY WHITE

A shocking and chaotic tale, Bennett recounts his brother’s experiences with both charismatic hilarity and heart-warming, poignant reflection. Fire in the Meth Lab features tales peppered with drug dealers, bikers, high-speed car chases, fights, crime, prison, vomit, exploding houses and even cancer.

Corey White sifts through the wreckage of a broken home, mental illness and failed love, delivering you an hour of sparkling stand-up comedy that cuts through woe to the beautiful heart of life.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND 2HOOTS PRODUCTIONS

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DATE Tue 10–Fri 13 Mar TIME Tue–Fri 7pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS $10 (preview), Wed–Fri $20 (f), $17 (c)

DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS Tue–Wed $10, Thu+Sun $15,

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Fri–Sat $20 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

FIRE IN THE METH LAB

THE CANE TOAD EFFECT

“A comedian with an exciting voice and a gift for extending a comic premise to its very limits.” THE COURIER-MAIL

ANNE EDMONDS

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M LIKE! You’ve seen Anne Edmonds on ABC’s Backseat Driver, It’s A Date, Wednesday Night Fever and now Anne hits the stage with her new show, about sitting on the bus listening to other people’s conversations.

“SHINES WITH UNPRETENTIOUS ECCENTRICITY.”

«««« HERALD SUN

“HILARIOUS FROM START TO FINISH.”

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BROADWAY BABY EDINBURGH

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS DATE Tue 10–Sun 15 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS $15 (preview),

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MATT OKINE THE OTHER GUY

Multi-award winning comedian Matt Okine has had a big year – he’s now the host of triple j Breakfast, did his first national tour, filmed his second DVD and is back with a brand new show. Don’t miss your chance to see Australia’s brightest rising star when Matt brings back his brand of clever and heart-warming storytelling.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Fri 13 + Sun 15 Mar TIME Fri 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS Fri $30 (f), $25 (c),

Sun $25 (all tickets) + transaction fee ($3 single tickets/ $6 multiple tickets)

“SIDE-SPLITTINGLY FUNNY.” THE AUSTRALIAN TIMES

“MATT OKINE IS A REVELATION.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

“OUTSTANDING… RISING STAR.” TIME OUT LONDON

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SANDRA BERNHARD

SANDYLAND

Direct from a 12-month hit US tour of her one-of-a-kind live show, Sandyland is classic Sandra Bernhard – a unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque. Sandra’s live in-your-face show combines hysterical insights, outspoken views and her band, The Flawless Zircons. Bernhard brilliantly delivers hilarious diatribes on the state of modern culture with a classic rock attitude, sharp wit and the raucous energy of youth.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND LIVE NATION DATE Fri 13 Mar TIME 9pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS $199.90 (VIP), $89.90 (Premium),

$69.90 (Reserved) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“JUST BELOW THE SURFACE, YOU SENSE THE SAME ROVING CRITICAL EYE THAT MISSES NOTHING.” NEW YORK TIMES

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RONNY CHIENG

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT Strap yourself in for an uproarious evening of observational comedy with multi-award winning comedian Ronny Chieng. You’ll know Ronny from his starring roles on the small screen in Legally Brown, It’s a Date, This is Littleton and Have You Been Paying Attention? as well as his regular gigs on triple j.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Sat 14–Sun 15 Mar TIME Sat 7pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS Sat $35 (f), $30 (c), Sun $30

+ transaction fee ($3 single tickets/ $6 multiple tickets)

“GREAT STAGE PRESENCE AND A WONDERFULLY AGGRESSIVE STYLE THAT NEVER LETS UP.”

«««« THE AGE

“HE’S SHARP, HE’S FUNNY, HE’S QUICK-WITTED...”

«««« THE HERALD SUN

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TALES FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

“AMAZINGLY VERSATILE ACTORS WORK SPONTANEOUSLY WITHOUT SCRIPT, FALLING INSTANTLY INTO CHARACTER.” STAGE WHISPERS

Why don’t you visit? We didn’t come all the way to this country to see you waste your life on Apple watches and sextings! We are disappointed in all of you. Except Tony. You are a good boy. Give your grandmother a hug. Yes. Welcome to the Old Country. In their newest comedy show, ImproMafia will use your suggestions to improvise new and exciting tales from the Old Country, taking you through the journey of how your favourite grandparents came to be so disappointed in how you turned out. There will be biscuits. But only for good grandchildren.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND IMPROMAFIA DATE Sat 7, Sat 14 + Sat 21 Mar TIME 5.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS $25 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

PAJAMA MEN

2 MAN 3 MUSKETEERS

NOW I’LL HAVE TO KILL YOU

Award-winning sketch comedy legends present the Australian premiere of their brand new show. Witness a live, comic, existential meltdown as two comedians attempt to stage an epic, historical romance novel in under an hour.

A game of competitive vulnerability featuring Australian comedy stars. See comedy legend Glenn Robbins and his cheeky sidekick Dave O’Neil get their special guest comedians to reveal all of their secrets – from their stunning highs to squirmworthy lows, it’s a guaranteed cackfest. Last year’s show was a sell-out with shocking, hilarious and true revelations. Don’t miss this.

PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, GLENN ROBBINS AND DAVE O’NEIL

DATE Fri 20–Sat 21 Mar TIME Fri 10.30pm, Sat 5pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS Fri $28, Sat $33 (f), $29 (c)

DATE Fri 20–Sat 21 Mar TIME Fri 10pm, Sat 5.45pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $37 (f), $35 (c) + transaction fee

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

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TOM GLEESON Tom Gleeson doesn’t need a title. Tom Gleeson doesn’t need awards. THREE TIME HELPMANN AWARD NOMINEE. TOMGLEESON.COM.AU

“TOM GLEESON REALLY DOESN’T NEED A GOOD REVIEW.” HERALD SUN

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PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS $28 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $32, Fri–Sat $37

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)


WIL ANDERSON

FREE WIL

FOUR-TIME WINNER – PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL

Wil has spent the last year relentlessly touring through the US, performing everywhere from Alaska to Texas. Wil is passionate, intelligent and truly world-class, so don’t miss his brand new show.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 9pm, Sun 7.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre TICKETS $38 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $42,

Fri–Sat $47 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“A MASTERCLASS IN COMEDY... HE MAY BE ONE OF OUR BIGGEST COMEDY EXPORTS, WITH A NATIONAL PROFILE ON RADIO AND TELEVISION, BUT FLYING SOLO ON STAGE IS WHERE ANDERSON TRULY SHINES…THE MAN IS ON FIRE.”

««««« THE HERALD SUN

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DAVE O’NEIL IS NOT COOL

He’s starred in Spicks and Specks, The Agony of Life and Tractor Monkeys, and in this new show Dave invites you to decide if he’s cool or not. In his life Dave has been called many things – a bogan, a yuppie and even a hipster. He’s also been a boy scout, ridden BMX bikes, flown model rockets, played bass and has three kids. Is Dave cool or not cool? At least the theatre’s air conditioned so you’ll be cool when you decide.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS DATE Tue 17–Sat 21 Mar TIME 7.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $20 (preview), Wed–Thu $25 (f),

$20 (c), Fri + Sat $32 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“IMPOSSIBLE TO LEAVE THE SHOW WITHOUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.” THE HERALD SUN

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SAM SIMMONS SPAGHETTI FOR BREAKFAST

Sam had a huge year in 2014 – he was nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award at Edinburgh Fringe, won the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performance and the Festival Director’s Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND TOKEN EVENTS DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Visy Theatre TICKETS $25 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $32 (f), $27 (c),

Fri–Sat $37 + transaction fee ($3 single tickets/ $6 multiple tickets)

Now LA-based, Sam continues to make a name for himself overseas with appearances on Conan and Adam Devine’s House Party. Sam comes to Brisbane Powerhouse hot off the back of a sell-out season at the Soho Theatre in London.

««««« THE SCOTSMAN ««««« THE TELEGRAPH (UK) ««««« THE AGE

“WHAT YOUR DREAMS LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU’VE DRUNK TOO MUCH ABSINTHE.” THE TIMES

“SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE… DELIRIOUSLY STRANGE.” THE GUARDIAN

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HARLEY BREEN

JUST A FULLY NAKED ENCOUNTER Exposing yourself is difficult; sometimes your leg gets stuck in your pants. Other times we’re just not ready to let it all hang out. Whether literally or figuratively, most people avoid exposing themselves if they can. Multi-award winning comedian Harley Breen has made a career out of it and is set to bare all at Brisbane Comedy Festival. There won’t be any nudity… probably.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND LAUGHING STOCK DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7.15pm, Sun 5.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $20 (preview), Wed–Thu+Sun $27 (f), $24 (c), Fri–Sat $30

+ transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“HE REMINDS ME A LOT OF A YOUNGER BILLY CONNOLLY.” THE HECKLER

“HONEST, REFRESHING AND DELIVERED WITH GUSTO. BREEN CHARMS THE AUDIENCE WITH HIS QUICK WIT AND SNAPPY MATERIAL.” THE HERALD SUN

“THE LAUGHS ARE GUARANTEED THANKS TO BREEN’S INNATE SENSE OF HUMILIATION, TIMING AND GOOD HUMOUR.” CHORTLE

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“A JOY TO WATCH.”

“An hour of exquisitely adept absurdity.”

«««« THE AGE

THE SCOTSMAN

PAUL FOOT

BART FREEBAIRN

Hovercraft Symphony In Gammon # Major

ULTRA POWER LORD

Glistening in the wake of last night’s pearl saga, premium line-caught Sally’s clam fist choir socks it to salt babes baybayyyy. First come, first preserved. UK star, winner of ‘Best International Show’ at Perth and Sydney Comedy Festivals – Mr Foot will take you on a bewildering, witty and hysterical meander.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

PRESENTED BY MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BRISBANE POWERHOUSE DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 8.45pm, Sun 7.15pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $28 (preview), Thu + Sun $32.50 (f),

$31 (c), Fri–Sat $34.50 (f) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“...TURNS ORDINARY TALES INTO WONDERFUL ADVENTURES.”

«««« ADELAIDE ADVERTISER PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND SUPER EAGLE PRODUCTIONS DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS $20 (preview),

Wed, Thu + Sun $22 (f), $20 (c), Fri–Sat $25 (f), $20 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

“I DARE ANYONE TO SEE IT AND NOT FEEL THE MAD URGE TO CLAP AND CHEER AND GIVE THE WOMAN A GREAT BIG HUG.” THE HERALD SUN

RAY BADRAN

GERALDINE HICKEY

RAISED AND CONFUSED

LISTEN OUT FOR THE CASTANETS

He’s done stand-up with Kochie, been the Hoff’s body-double and has been investigated by ASIO – no wonder comedian Ray Badran is a confused man. In Ray’s latest absurd and inventive show he explores the bewildering complexities of modern life.

Ever read an article about a tragedy and ask yourself “Why didn’t anyone do anything?” Geraldine can answer that question. The answer is, because it’s terrifying, but Geraldine is pretty brave so she did something. It didn’t work out the way she planned.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Rooftop Terrace TICKETS Tue-Wed $10, Thu + Sun $15,

Fri-Sat $20 + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue–Sat 7pm, Sun 5.30pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS $15 (preview), Wed–Thu + Sun $18(f),

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TESSA WATERS WOMANZ

Booty shaking, bedazzling costumes and hilarious one-liners are just some of the things you’ll see when the formidably funny Tessa Waters hits the stage in WOMANz.

“A LIFE AFFIRMING CELEBRATION OF THE BODY, THE BOOTY AND LOVE!”

“FUNNY AS HELL!”

««««« THE AGE

«««« BROADWAY BABY EDINBURGH

Waters is a rising star and recently won the Perth FringeWorld and Adelaide Fringe Tour Ready Awards and the Brisbane Powerhouse Award for Most Outstanding Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe 2014. Don’t miss your chance to see this comedic champion tackle what it means to be a woman. TOP CHARACTER SHOW AT EDINBURGH FRINGE, VOTED BY LAUGH OUT LONDON

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND SEESAULT DATE Tue 17–Sun 22 Mar TIME Tue-Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7pm VENUE Graffiti Room TICKETS $15 (preview),

Wed-Thu + Sun $18 (f), $16 (c), Fri + Sat $22.50 (f), $20 (c) + transaction fee ($3 single/$6 multiple tickets)

CAPTAIN FUN PANTS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE FUN-O-MATIC FUN WAND See comedians Harley Breen and Heath Franklin in their first kid’s show. Meet Captain Fun Pants and Pirate No-Beard as they battle with Sammy the Seagull to bring the FunOmatic Fun-Wand back from WrongTown. Help them survive the Forest of Farts (pee-yew!), win pillow fights to escape Bed Time Island and bring the Fun-Wand back to fuNtOwn.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND LAUGHING STOCK DATE Sat 21 Mar TIME 11am + 2pm VENUE Turbine Studio TICKETS $18

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KNOCKOFF CHEAP JOKES AND FREE LAUGHS

If you enjoy one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations, you’ll be right at home at our free weekly comedy series, Knockoff. Our mix of international and Australian comedians will help you start the weekend with a smile.

PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND BRISBANE AIRPORT DATE Every Friday TIME 6pm VENUE The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge TICKETS FREE

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Brisbane Powerhouse is Brisbane City Council’s leading arts performance venue helping to deliver a vibrant and creative city.

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INFORMATION Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to New Farm Park on the Brisbane River. Street access is via the end of Lamington Street (continuation of James Street).  ITYCAT A well lit 200 metre riverside walk C from the New Farm Park CityCat jetty. BUS Bus Services 196 and 195 stop at New Farm Park. Follow the riverside walk from the CityCat jetty. Service 199 stops on Merthyr Road within walking distance via Lamington Street. BICYCLES Bike racks are located outside the Stores Building (beside the car park) and Brisbane Powerhouse. A CityCycle station is also located at the entrance to the car park on Lamington Street. TAXI Collect and drop off area in the car park beside the Stores Building. Free taxi phones are located in the foyer opposite the box office. CAR Limited free parking is available on site via Lamington Street. Further parking is available in New Farm Park via the car park link road. WHEELCHAIR Wheelchair parking is available on site via Lamington Street with lift access from the car park level beside the Stores Building. Please notify the box office of any special needs when booking.

ONLINE brisbanepowerhouse.org Please note that upper gallery seats and selected productions cannot be booked online.

PHONE 07 3358 8600 IN PERSON Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 12–4pm, 2 hrs prior to performance PRICES INCLUDE ALL FEES All information is correct at time of printing. Please confirm all details when booking. An email confirmation is available upon request. CONCESSIONS Brisbane Powerhouse productions may offer concessions to full-time students, pensioners, and health care card holders. Concession cards and ID must be shown when collecting tickets or the full price may be charged. Concessions and pricing policy for visiting shows is at the discretion of the external producer. REFUND AND EXCHANGE POLICY No refunds or exchanges will be possible once a booking is complete as provided for in the Live Performance Australia™ – Code of Practice for the Ticketing of Live Entertainment in Australia. Refunds and exchanges cannot be made online or at external outlets. GIFT VOUCHERS Gift vouchers are available. Contact the box office for more details. SHOWS RUN FOR APPROXIMATELY 60 MINS. ALL INFORMATION IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING.

CONTACT BUILDING OPENING HOURS Mon 9am–5pm, Tue–Sun 9am–9pm ADDRESS Brisbane Powerhouse Pty Ltd, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm 4005, PO Box 364, New Farm 4005 34 | briscomfest.com

CONTACT TEL 61 7 3358 8622 FAX 61 7 3358 8611 BOX OFFICE 07 3358 8600 EMAIL info@brisbanepowerhouse.org ABN 18 091 551 290


FUNCTIONS This Brisbane Comedy Festival you can win friends and influence people with one of our special functions. See your favourite comedian, then host your colleagues, family or friends for an exclusive event, while the festival continues on around you. Talk to our functions team to see what they and our on site restaurants can do for you. functions@brisbanepowerhouse.org

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ALL SHOWS RUN FOR APPROXIMATELY 60 MINS

SCHEDULE

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2015 WEEK ONE SHOW

P.

VENUE

BIANCA DEL RIO

08

Powerhouse Theatre

9pm

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA

03

Brisbane City Hall

7pm

CELIA PACQUOLA

04

Visy Theatre

CHALKBOARD

31

Turbine Studio

CHRIS WAINHOUSE

05

Turbine Studio

DAVE THORNTON

09

Visy Theatre

HANNAH GADSBY

06

Visy+Powerhouse Theatre

HEATH FRANKLIN’S CHOPPER

09

Powerhouse Theatre

JACK DRUCE

08

Graffiti Room

KNOCKOFF FREE!

32

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

NICK CODY

07

Turbine Studio

PINEAPPLE CLUB FREE!

08

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

TIEN TRAN

08

Graffiti Room

TOMMY LITTLE

09

Visy Theatre

TUE 24 FEB

7.15pm

7.15pm

8.45pm

WED 25 FEB

7.15pm

7.15pm

8.45pm

THU 26 FEB

7.15pm

7.15pm

8.45pm

FRI 27 FEB

SAT 28 FEB

7.15pm

4pm, 7.15pm

10pm

10pm

7.15pm

SUN 01 MAR

7.15pm

5.15pm

5.45pm

7.15pm

7pm

5.30pm

7pm

5.30pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.15pm

7.45pm

7.45pm

8.45pm 9pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm 6pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

8.45pm

5.15pm

WEEK TWO SHOW

P.

VENUE

ALEX WILLIAMSON

11

Powerhouse Theatre

BEN FRENCH

12

Turbine Studio

CHALKBOARD

31

Turbine Studio

DR BROWN

12

Turbine Studio

TUE 03 MAR

8.45pm

WED 04 MAR

8.45pm

7.15pm

THU 04 MAR

8.45pm

7.15pm

FRI 06 MAR

SAT 07 MAR

SUN 08 MAR

9pm

9pm

7.30pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.15pm

10pm

10pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.15pm 7pm

FIONA O’LOUGHLIN

10

Visy Theatre

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.45pm, 7.15pm

GREG LARSEN

14

Graffiti Room

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

JEFF GREEN

11

Visy Theatre

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

32

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

6pm

08

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

7.45pm

KNOCKOFF FREE! PINEAPPLE CLUB FREE!

5.15pm

7.45pm

RHYS NICHOLSON

13

Rooftop Terrace

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

SIMON TAYLOR

14

Graffiti Room

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm

SPEED: THE MOVIE, THE PLAY

15

Powerhouse Plaza

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm, 8.45pm

7.15pm, 8.45pm

7.15pm

TALES FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

23

Rooftop Terrace

THESE KIDS ARE GOOD

14

Visy Theatre

TOMMY DASSALO

14

Rooftop Terrace

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5.30pm 7.15pm 7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm


WEEK THREE SHOW

P.

VENUE

TUE 10 MAR

WED 11 MAR

THU 12 MAR

FRI 13 MAR

SAT 14 MAR

SUN 15 MAR

ANNE EDMONDS

19

Rooftop Terrace

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.15pm

10pm

10pm

CAL WILSON

16

Visy Theatre

CHALKBOARD

31

Turbine Studio

COREY WHITE

19

Graffiti Room

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

DAMIEN POWER

18

Rooftop Terrace

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

8.45pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.15pm

7.45pm

7.45pm

EM RUSCIANO

18

Turbine Studio

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

JON BENNETT

19

Graffiti Room

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

KNOCKOFF FREE!

32

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

MATT OKINE

20

Powerhouse Theatre

MEL BUTTLE

18

Turbine Studio

PINEAPPLE CLUB FREE!

08

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

RONNY CHIENG

22

Powerhouse Theatre

SANDRA BERNHARD

21

Powerhouse Theatre

SPEED: THE MOVIE, THE PLAY

15

Powerhouse Plaza

TALES FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

23

Rooftop Terrace

TOM BALLARD

17

Visy Theatre

6pm 7pm 7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.30pm

7pm

7.30pm

7.15pm, 8.45pm

7.15pm

9pm 7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm, 8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

5.30pm 8.45pm

7.15pm

WEEK FOUR SHOW

P.

VENUE

TUE 17 MAR

WED 18 MAR

THU 19 MAR

FRI 20 MAR

SAT 21 MAR

SUN 22 MAR

BART FREEBAIRN

29

Rooftop Terrace

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm

CAPTAIN FUN PANTS AND THE MYSTERY... KIDS!

30

Turbine Studio

CHALKBOARD

31

Turbine Studio

CLASS CLOWNS KIDS!

15

Visy Theatre

DAVE O’NEIL

26

Visy Theatre

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

GERALDINE HICKEY

29

Graffiti Room

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm

HARLEY BREEN

28

Turbine Studio

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

7.15pm

5.15pm

KNOCKOFF FREE!

32

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

6pm

NOW I’LL HAVE TO KILL YOU

23

Visy Theatre

10pm

5.45pm

PAJAMA MEN

23

Powerhouse Theatre

10.30pm

5pm

PAUL FOOT

29

Turbine Studio

PINEAPPLE CLUB FREE!

08

The Comedy Channel Laughter Lounge

11am, 2pm 10pm

10pm 2pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.15pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.45pm

7.45pm

7.15pm

RAY BADRAN

29

Rooftop Terrace

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

SAM SIMMONS

27

Visy Theatre

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

8.45pm

7.15pm

TALES FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

23

Rooftop Terrace

THESE KIDS ARE GOOD

14

Visy Theatre

TOM GLEESON

24

Powerhouse Theatre

5.30pm 5.15pm 7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

7pm

5.30pm

WIL ANDERSON

25

Powerhouse Theatre

9pm

9pm

9pm

9pm

9pm

7.30pm

TESSA WATERS

30

Graffiti Room

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

8.30pm

7pm

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ACT/REACT ALEX WILLIAMSON ANNE EDMONDS BART FREEBAIRN BEN FRENCH BIANCA DEL RIO CAL WILSON CELIA PACQUOLA CHRIS WAINHOUSE COREY WHITE DAMIEN POWER DAVE O’NEIL DAVE THORNTON DR BROWN EM RUSCIANO FIONA O’LOUGHLIN GERALDINE HICKEY GREG LARSEN HANNAH GADSBY HARLEY BREEN HEATH FRANKLIN’S CHOPPER IMPRO MAFIA JACK DRUCE JEFF GREEN JON BENNETT MATT OKINE MEL BUTTLE NICK CODY PAJAMA MEN PAUL FOOT RAY BADRAN RHYS NICHOLSON RONNY CHIENG SAM SIMMONS SANDRA BERNHARD SIMON TAYLOR TESSA WATERS TIEN TRAN TOM BALLARD TOMMY DASSALO TOM GLEESON TOMMY LITTLE WIL ANDERSON + MORE!

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