Brisbanites, get ready to laugh. Get ready to party, too. Marking its tenth year in 2019, Brisbane Comedy Festival is back with a mighty huge month-long lineup — and it's ready to celebrate, obviously.
A lengthy list of hilarious folk will be heading to Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall, SUNPAC and both of Newstead Brewing Co.'s beer-fuelled sites, spanning famous names, old favourites and new discoveries alike. Ross Noble, Danny Bhoy, Felicity Ward, Ronny Chieng, Dave Hughes, Nazeen Hussain, Tom Ballard, Becky Lucas, Mel Buttle, Paul Foot and Tim Ferguson are just some of the talents that'll tickle your funny bones across the four weeks, with the fest running from Friday, February 22 until Sunday, March 24.
It all kicks off with an opening gala hosted by Charlie Pickering, and features a heap of other notable events — think after-hours gigs on weekends, surprise acts in a brewery, a chance to have a boozy lunch with comedians and a Frocking Hilarious night that's all about raising awareness for women's rights. Other highlights include women taking on male-sung pop tracks in Lady Sings It Better, an evening dedicated to Queerstories, and the worldwide smash that is Shit-faced Shakespeare.
Want more? How about Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley, plus a fangirl look at Game of Thrones? If you know some littlies that like comedy too, this year's fest also boasts a number of shows for younger comedy lovers as well.