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Lunar New Year Comedy Festival

Catch side-splitting shows from the likes of Nina Oyama and Lawrence Leung at this comedic celebration of the Year of the Ox.
By Cordelia Williamson
February 19, 2021
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By Cordelia Williamson
February 19, 2021
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Keen to ring in the Year of the Ox with a barrel of laughs? Then make tracks to Chatswood to catch its two-show comedy fest at The Concourse. Not only will it leave you in stitches, but also shine a big ol' spotlight on diversity in Aussie comedy, with a stellar lineup of Asian Australian performers.

Taking over the Concert Hall stage on Saturday, February 27, the festival is being hosted by Chinese Australian comedian and writer Jennifer Wong and will include live performances by Sydney-based band Dragonfruit (Yvonne C Lam and Colin Ho).

The 6pm show features the likes of ABC TV heavyweights Nina Oyama (Utopia) and Lawrence Leung (Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure), plus Sri Lankan-born comedian Suren Jayemanne, Sydney Fringe Festival performer Harry Jun and Fillow Talk from improv duo Happy Feraren and Jeff Mesina.

At the 9pm gig, expect the Lunar New Year laughs to continue with performances by comedian and actor Michael Hing (Where Are You Really From? and The Other Guy), all-round talented human Diana Nguyen, TV star and comedian Alex Lee (SBS The Feed), up-and-coming stand-up star Lizzy Hoo (SBS Voices) and Fillow Talk again.

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Pre- or post-show, you can really lean into the Lunar New Year celebrations by hitting up the Chatswood Year of the Ox Festival, which has both an epic food trail and a decadent dessert trail. Then, after you've had a full-blown feast, check out the luminous ox sculpture at Prosperity House.

Lunar New Year Comedy Festival's shows run from 6–7.15pm and from 9–10.15pm on February 27. To nab tickets, head here.

Top image: Fillow Talk

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