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Brisbane annual laughfest returns on Sunday 26 February for its 8th year, featuring over 60 comedians, performing throughout March 2017 at the Brisbane Powerhouse and the Brisbane City Hall. To enjoy raucous hilarity and sidestep the ancient knock-knock jokes, book in for these top 10 laughter merchants with track records in funny-bone tickling.
The queen of ad-lib comedy and improv TV, including scene-stealing performances on Have You Been Paying Attention? And Whose Line is it Anyway?Cal Wilson is psyched up to tackle the big issues – politics, feminism and brown shoes. Tickets for the 1-hour show start at $25. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Dave Hughes - 9 - 12 March at the Powerhouse Theatre
Despite regular appearances on the TV, testing his stand-up on The Footy Show and hosting Australia's Got Talent, Dave Hughes has desperately sought the big time. In 2017, he's finally arrived, making his debut at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. To celebrate, he's hacked our iPhones to autocorrect 'Hughesy' into 'Highest'. Fortunately, he hasn't hacked the ticket prices for his hour-long show, starting at only $30. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Matt Okine - 17 - 19 March at the Powerhouse Theatre
Still a relative youngster on the Aussie comedy scene, Matt Okine has scooped up a swag of awards, including a Director's Choice at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and an ARIA for his comedy release, Matt Okine Live at The Enmore Theatre. He's still in bed early though, waking before the sun to host a morning show on Triple J. Tickets for his 6th appearance at the BCF start at $34. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Stephen K Amos - 24 March at the Main Auditorium, City Hall
When you're touring the global comedy circuit with Stephen K Amos, people feel the urge to boldly say the most ridiculous things to your face. After exploiting his Euro-friendly passport before Brexit really meant Brexit, he's heard the funniest things from the Swiss, Austrians, Danish, Spanish, Greek and even the Germans. Find out what they said in his only show of the festival, with seats starting at $44.95. And be sure to find out what the K stands for. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Wil Anderson – 24 - 26 March at the Main Auditorium, City Hall
Although he enjoys turning the ABC blowtorch onto the soft bellies of our pollies and our advertisers with Gruen, Wil Anderson relishes the live laughter on-stage at his stand-up shows throughout Australia. After Fire at Wil in 2016, he's back with Critically Wil, another amusingly misspelt comedy routine. Tickets for the 1-hour show start at $47. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Ruby Wax - 28 March at the Powerhouse Theatre
Ruby Wax, the self-described drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart comic and now an Oxford graduate, brings a 5-star discussion on mindfulness to the stage. At first glance, it might seem more educational than funny, but Ruby's wild ride beyond the fringes of sanity has gifted her with the hilarious answers to our most perplexing questions about mental illness. Beginning at $42, her 80-minute tour of the mind will hit Brisbane for one night only. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala – 26 February in the City Hall Main Auditorium
Take your comedy seriously? If you don't have time for time-wasting, fast-track your funny fun time in the opening-night gala, featuring 9 comedians all desperately competing against each other in a stand-up battle to the death (hopefully this is just marketing and the organisers won't actually harm any performers). Tickets start at $60 for over 90 pun-packed minutes starring the festival's heavyweights, including Fiona O'Loughlin, Tommy Little, Susie Youssef and Nick Cody, inciting roars of laughter. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Alex Ward - 7 - 12 March in the Graffiti Room
After rocking Melbourne radio with her mic skills with JOY 94.9, local star Alex Ward returns home to debut her solo show, Quiet. Surely that's not literal? Because if the she's quiet, we'll be quiet too. It's bound to be a clever title capturing all the heart-warming themes and profound comedy found in a life full of anxiety, warmth, self-belief and hope, oh, and love too. Tickets start at $18 for the 50-minute show, with bookings online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Qld Born and Bread - 16 - 19 March in the Brisbane Room, City Hall
Returning bigger and better as only Queenslanders do, 5 comedians, including Danielle Walker, Joe Shaffer and Cameron Duggan, have been plucked from the far reaches of the Sunshine State, had the red dust brushed from their denims and then been thrust on stage to tell us their funny stories and best one-liners. In 50 minutes, they'll captivate a Brisbanite audience with the creative comedy usually only heard outside the big smoke. Tickets start at $20. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Susie Youssef – 21 - 26 March at the Rooftop Terrace
While the amusing plays on words with her surname, including 'Check Youssef before you wreck Youssef' and 'Do Youssef a favour', are funny, it's a good thing Susie Youssef is also a multi-tasking comedian, amazing the improv circuit in the UK and the USA, popping up on TV in the Media Circus, Whose Line is it Anyway? and No Activity and wowing audiences at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals. Starting at $22, you can see for yourself/Youssef at her Brisbane debut. Book online at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Which comedian makes you laugh uncontrollably? Please let us know with a comment (typos accepted - it's hard to type and laugh at the same time).