There's something secretive and special about slipping into an art gallery after hours. Add a few laughs and a glass of wine, and it's pretty difficult to imagine a more seductive reason to get out of your house for the night.
Kicking off on 7 September is the latest of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' late night events, Late Night Laughs. Some of Australia's best comedians will put their spin on one of Australia's most-loved art honours, the Archibald Prize. There are four nights of Late Night Laughs: catch Becky Lucas, who recently debuted on ABC's Comedy Up Late, on 7 September; triple j breakfast co-host Matt Okine on the 14th; Andy Saunders, who killed Youtube in 2012 with Coz I'm Aboriginal on the 28th; and 2016 Barry Award winner Zoe Coombs Marr on October 5.
Drop in after the comedy – or on Sundays – for film series Me, Myself and I. If you've been wondering who you are, where you came from, what you stand for and what your life means of late, the films on show will either help you clarify or make matters more delightfully confusing. Expect tales of crime, espionage and love, filled with mistaken, false and imagined identity, along with forgetfulness and gender-bending. Live music from Arabesk and Microwave Jenny will play after the comedy on selected nights.
Late Night Laughs runs on Wednesday, September 7, 14 and 28, and October 5.