Five Must-Sees At This Year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival


The eighth annual Brisbane Comedy Festival is bringing over 66 comedians to Brisbane to perform at two major venues across four big weeks from February 26 through March.

As well as the Brisbane Powerhouse, the festival has this year expanded to four locations within the Brisbane City Hall to make room for the hilarious national and international comic talent. Below are just five of the performers coming to town:

Tom Ballard – “Problematic” (March 21-26)

Brisbane Comedy Festival veteran Tom’s new show is about whether anything can be funny anymore, and the insightful star gives his take on everything from PC to outrage culture to race relations. He doesn’t like to brag, but he is desperate for validation, so let’s talk about his achievements. 2016 brought him nominations for Best Show at both the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and he took out the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer.

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Hannah Gadsby – “Nanette” (March 16-19)

“Hello. I have another show for you,” Hannah says. “This show was inspired by a woman who goes by the name Nanette. Although we did not exchange a single word or even a glance, Nanette has changed my life. She hasn’t at all, but she did prompt me to think about some things and those things I thought have become this show. Cool stuff.”

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Mel Buttle – “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttle” (March 14-19)

Mel’s new show is a brand new hour of stand up from the hilarious comedian. It’s 2017 people and there’s plenty of stuff for Mel to be fired up about. She’s also been working on her bird impressions and she’s making great progress. How many comedy shows have bird impressions guys? Not many. Just saying.

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Joel Creasey – “Poser” (March 12)

Joel Creasey, Australia’s crown prince of comedy returns to Brisbane with his brand new show Poser for one night only! In 2016, Joel’s show The Crown Prince sold out around Australia, and he went on to play packed houses in New York, Montreal and Los Angeles as well as whoring himself across Australian TV screens on comedy galas, panel shows, and even the depths of the African jungle on “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!”

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Urzila Carlson – “Unacceptable” (March 23-26)

South African/NZ comedian Urzila Carlson makes her Brisbane debut with her show, Unacceptable, exploring when it became unacceptable to like meat and impossible to process gluten. And why isn’t it okay to call people out when they’re being assholes, she asks? You don’t need to like the latest hipster indie banjo band just because everyone’s saying they do. You’ve seen Urzila on TV on shows Have You Been Paying Attention? and The Great Debate.

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The Brisbane Comedy Festival runs from February 26 to March 28. For the full lineup and to buy tickets, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.

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