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Published April 19th 2017
The Best Things In Life Are Funny
Sarah Callaghan smiling for the camera (by Perth Comedy Festival)
Perth's Comedy Festival returns for its salubrious 6th year from 26 April to 21 May, laughing long after the comedians at the Sydney edition, running at the same time, are tucked up in bed. Over 50 comedians will joust for jocularity with battles to the death (dying on stage, not actual heart-stopping call-the-coroner deaths) in all forms of amusement, from sketch, satire and improv to music, absurdity, theatre and magic. Fortunately, the British acts have promised not to brag about their knighthoods. Start your chortling with these top 10 shows of the festival.
Biggest Comedy Show on Earth – each Thur, Fri, Sat and Sun during the festival at the State Theatre Centre of WA, 174 William St
The PCF has two special events, the headline Gala and this best-bang-for-buck showcase, featuring certified-fresh comedians for an hour of laughs from only $15. Book online at Ticketek.
Alice Fraser – 11 to 14 May at the Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco
In past lives, Alice has been a legal eagle and trod the boards at the Cambridge Footlights, the theatre hosting talent ranging from Douglas Adams and John Oliver to Salman Rushdie and Clive James. She's debated Julian Assange, presented at TEDx and performed standup in Donald Trump's hometown. Amazingly, none of this is fake news. Join the Empire, led by a 5-star Aussie talent. Book online from $20 at Ticketek.
Wil Anderson – 12, 13 May at the Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco
Why waste taxation on schools and hospitals when we can enjoy another season of Wil Anderson's cunning political commentary with Gruen on the ABC? Just in case the ABC funds another cooking show instead, you can see Wil live on stage with his new amusingly misspelt show Critically Wil. Book online from $54 at Ticketek.
Sarah Callaghan – 4 to 7 May at the State Theatre Centre of WA, 174 William St
The UK's resident Rosie the Riveter, Sarah will change your life with a cavalcade of clichés on her clever as a fox journey of a thousand miles between the devil and the deep blue sea on a cloud with a silver lining in the calm before the storm to live happily ever after. Book online from $24.90 at Ticketek.
Daniel Sloss hosts a night of hilarious hypocrisy (by Perth Comedy Festival)
Recently returned from his home on the largest planet in the Solar System, Phill Jupitus is usually at home in the UK, finding the menu of black pudding, mince tarts and warm beer agrees with his Jovian digestive system. His interplanetary diplomatic mission continues after decades of improv laughs with Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Live at the Apollo. He's even played Bottom in A Midsummer's Night Dream. What will he get up to in Perth? Book online from $48.90 at Ticketek.
Paul Foot – 6, 7 May at the State Theatre Centre of WA, 174 William St
We can't get enough of comedians that look like their pets, especially when they bring them on stage. Paul puts his best foot forward, with a proud piglet under his arm, returning to Perth as Professor Ketchup after winning the Best International Act. Hear the wise prof's prognostications on global affairs as he solves the big issues, using X-Factor auditions to select immigrants and arranging the marriage of the ultimate power couple, Kim Jong-un and Kim Kardashian. Book online from $42.70 at Ticketek.
Aunty Donna – 11 to 14 May at the State Theatre Centre of WA, 174 William St
Blending awkward moments with toe-tapping tunes, Aunty Donna are a trio of the best-bearded comics in the country, riffing on all the taboos, from workplace bigots to bikie battles, binge drinking and double-crosses. After stealing the YouTube spotlight, they're performing live in Perth for 4 naughty nights. Book online from $35 at Ticketek.
He might have a disturbing obsession with the quirkiest mating methods in the animal kingdom, but this canny Scotsman was a big hit last year, with his humorous irony at the hilarity and hypocrisy of human nature. Daniel Sloss returns for a single show at the PCF after 7 appearances on Conan, his DARK tours of Australia, New Zealand and Edinburgh selling out and a fact-finding mission at Taronga Zoo. What will he discover about koalas? Book online from $34.90 at Ticketetek.
Stephen 'buy a ticket to find out what K stands for' Amos (by Perth Comedy Festival)
In Matt's new show, We Made You, he weaves a new tale of his origins, likely culminating in another accolade after scoring 'best of' prizes in comedy festivals throughout the world, skipping sleep to host morning radio and boosting ratings on SBS with football/soccer tomfoolery. Book online from $39.90 at Ticketetek.
Stephen K Amos – 4 to 7 May at the Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco
Cure your fear of stage fright with Stephen's talk show where the special guests are members of the audience. Grab the best seat in the house - the on-stage couch, for a chat with Stephen, a bit of music and the earth-shattering answer to the big question - what does the K stand for? Book online from $44 at Ticketetek.
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