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MONDAY CHUCKLES COMEDY,
ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW
Laugh away your start-of-the-week blues on the last
Monday of every month, as up to 15 comedians
battle it out to see who can keep you in good spirits
the longest. The audience ‘gongs’ the losers off stage
until there’s one comic standing. 8pm, $10 at door.
TUESDAY SHAPIRO TUESDAYS
AT LAZY SUSAN’S
Lazy Susan’s brings in the best international, local
and newbie acts, three hilarious nights a week.
Shapiro Tuesdays offer the freshest acts around, from
amateurs testing their skill, to tried and true comics
experimenting with new material. 8:30pm, $5 at door.
A comedian who outsells
Madonna... is such
a thing even possible?
Peters is returning to
the Perth Arena after
his huge success two
years ago. Go for Russell’s
cheeky take on jobs,
dating, family and some
swift improv, too.
Perth Arena, Mar 19.
The frumpy, sweater-clad
YouTube singer, with
her signature red,
smeared lipstick, is
coming to Perth to
For 15 years, the Melbourne International Comedy
Festival roadshow has travelled Australia – think
shared vans, motels and plenty of beer and laughs
for the comics. “People get a chance to see their old
favourites, as well as emerging talent from overseas
and Australia,” says associate director Bridget Bantick.
There’s an MC and four acts at each show (most of
which will be held at comedy hotspot His Majesty’s
Theatre), and this June, Western Australian audiences
can look forward to “fresh faces that won’t cross over
with the Perth Comedy Fest”, says Bridget, including
Rhys Nicholson, plus more seasoned comics like true-
blue musical duo ElbowSkin. Various venues, TBA .
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/comedy
The Perth International Comedy Festival
is back to build on three years of roaring
success. We’ve checked out what’s on
offer this year, and, let us tell you, talent
is not lacking. From old favourites to
fresh meat, this year’s Fest will bring the
LOLs in abundance.
1. JIM JEFFERIES
This Aussie native is no newbie to festivals: from
Edinburgh to Glastonbury, Cape Town to Montreal,
Jim’s slayed ’em all, earning himself his own comedy
series, Legit. Don’t miss one of our best comic exports.
Crown Theatre, Apr 3-4 .
2. NOEL FIELDING
Those familiar with The Mighty Boosh might be freaking
out a bit right now. Noel Fielding, the quirky and trippy
Brit, will take the Convention Centre this April, with
special guest Mike Fielding, who plays hookah-enthusiast
Naboo on Boosh. Perth Convention Centre, Apr 24-25 .
3. JOEL CREASEY
Praised by legend Joan Rivers as a “f*cking star”, and
dubbed “a revelation” by The Age, Perth-born Joel
Creasey is returning to the motherland to share his tales
with us. Big laughs, big hair and a signature cheeky grin
guaranteed. Regal Theatre, Apr 24.
4. PABLO FRANCISCO
One minute he’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, the next
Jackie Chan. The fast-paced, eclectic show Here We
Go Again (Back in the Outback) marks Pablo’s return to
Australia and will no doubt produce some relatable – and
sidesplitting – insights. Regal Theatre, Apr 24.
5. STEPHEN K AMOS
He’s no stranger to Aussie crowds, having been a panelist
on our beloved Spicks and Specks, as well as being
a veteran Melbourne Comedy Festival performer in the
Great Debate for four years running. The smooth-voiced
Brit will have you cackling away and nodding your head in
agreement with his country-specific jokes.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Apr 30-May 2.
bring you the most
off-key and mis-sung hits
from her videos, plus all-
Regal Theatre, Apr 1-2 .
CAL WILSON AND
CLAIRE HOOPER LIVE
As seasoned comedy-
goers know, standup
venues can be a bit of
a boys’ club. Two of the
industry’s proudest female
comedians, straight from
the Melbourne Comedy
Fest, prove it doesn’t
have to be so.
Arts Centre, Apr 23.
WEDNESDAY CAUSEWAY COMEDY
The Causeway is debuting Wednesday comedy
nights. With the five-buck entry and a sweet $15
pizza-and-pint deal, you can guarantee an epic night
out on just one little red bill. 8:30pm, $5 at door.
THURSDAY THE COMEDY LOUNGE
AT THE CHARLES HOTEL
Grab a wine and some dinner, and sit down to
enjoy some of the best comics in Australia – and
the world – at one of Perth’s most classic venues.
Until March 12, The Comedy Lounge will be hosting
Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s RAW
stand-up heats. 8pm, $20 at door.
FRIDAY DOWNSTAIRS AT THE MAJ
If you’re looking to lap up more MICF goodness, The
Maj will be hosting RAW heats up until mid March.
The dim lighting and well-equipped bar makes for
a quintessential comedy experience. Expect heckling.
7:30pm, from $35.68 , book via Ticketek.
SATURDAY LITTLE COMEDY
LOUNGE, CREATURES NEXT DOOR
Sometimes after a busy working week, partying
just doesn’t appeal. Giggles and good brews are
guaranteed at Little Comedy Lounge, every Saturday
night. 8:30pm, $30 from Ticketek.
SUNDAY INFINITE JEST AT
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN
The Northbridge hotspot features the finest
comedians in a small, underground setting on the last
Sunday of every month. If the quality laughs aren’t
enough to keep you happy, the cheap drinks most
certainly will. 7pm, $5 on EventBrite, or at door.
and Claire Hooper Live.
Stephen K Amos.
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