Laughter. It's been described as the best medicine, an instant vacation, the shortest distance between two people, the bright coinage of the bank of good will, a tranquilliser with no side effects, and the sunbeam of the soul. And there's plenty of it to bask in at this year's Brisbane Comedy Festival being presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and The Comedy Channel.
Matt Okine. Image courtesy Brisbane Comedy Festival.
Featuring more than 45 comedians, the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2016 runs from Saturday 27 February to Wednesday 23 March. International stalwarts Danny Bhoy, David O'Doherty and Tom Green will join Australian household names, including Wil Anderson, Tom Gleeson and Peter Helliar.
Popular television comedians in 2016's program include Frank Woodley, Celia Pacquola, Hannah Gadsby, Mel Buttle, Sam Simmons and Tom Ballard, while wry observational humour will be delivered by artists such as Rhys Nicholson, Nick Cody, Sam Campbell, Rowena Hutson, Damien Power, Danny McGinlay, Greg Larsen, Harley Breen, and Matt Okine.
During the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2016, Friday and Saturday nights will feature new one-hour Lucky Dip sessions for the bargain basement price of $15. Starting at 10pm, these are strictly for night owls, and will feature an array of comedians, with line-ups announced daily. The festival kicks off with a double bill at Brisbane City Hall – the Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala on 27 February 2016 and the Sunday Showdown on 28 February 2016.
Exclusively for Weekend Notes readers, the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2016 is offering one double pass to Sunday Showdown on February 28 at 6pm at Brisbane City Hall.
The competition has ended and a winner has been awarded.