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By Sarah Ward
May 04, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
May 04, 2021
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For some, side-splitting comedy is all about watching well-known talents ply their trade. For others, the biggest laughs come from the field's up-and-comers. Perhaps you break into fits of hysterics while watching improv — or, maybe you like nothing more than a comedic debate.

Thankfully, whichever of the above tickles your funny bone, it's all on the agenda at 2021's Brisbane Comedy Festival. After 2020's event didn't quite go as planned, the annual fest returns to Brisbane Powerhouse — and The Tivoli and The Fortitude Music Hall — for a few weeks' worth of guffaws and giggles.

Between Friday, July 16–Sunday, August 8, you'll be laughing at Ross Noble, Tom Ballard, Paul McDermott, Jimeoin, Fiona O'Loughlin, Mel Buttle, Melanie Bracewell, Josh Earl, Akmal and Cal Wilson. Get ready to do the same with plenty of other funny folks, too, with the full lineup spanning old favourites and new discoveries alike.

Other highlights include the return of the opening gala, which gets the fest started in a big way; a Sunday roast that includes laughs and a two-course meal; a night of Indigenous talents; and a late-night variety show.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday, May 6.

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