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The Best Things in Life are Funny
Will Wil Anderson will you to see his show? (by Brisbane Comedy Festival)
Brisbane annual laughfest returns on Friday 23 February for its 9th year, featuring over 60 comedians, performing throughout March 2018 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.
What will he discover about koalas and crocs? Find out with a $30 ticket at the website.
Dave Hughes - 8 - 10 March at the Powerhouse Theatre
Despite regular appearances on the TV, tuning his stand-up on The Footy Show and hosting Australia's Got Talent, Dave Hughes has desperately sought the big time.
In 2017, he finally arrived, emptying his bank account to buy a home from The Block. The purchase "mortified" his family, so he's hoping we'll cheer him up by laughing at jokes (and not just his taste in property).
Fortunately, he hasn't hiked up the ticket prices for his hour-long show, starting at only $30. Book online at the website.
Matt Okine - 1 - 4 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 written and starred in a TV comedy, The Other Guy, and he's still waking before the sun rises to pop up for random appearances on the morning show on Triple J.
Tickets for his 007th appearance at the BCF start at $35. Book online at the website.
Stephen Amos puts the K back into comedy (by Brisbane Comedy Festival)
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, and even the Germans.
Find out what they said in his only show of the festival, with seats starting at $42.50. And be sure to find out what the K stands for. Book online at the website.
Damien Power – 27 Feb - 4 March at the Main Auditorium, City Hall
Damien's new show is promoted as violent chaos. In his promo shot, he's wearing a Chicago Cubs jacket. This should hint that you'll be safe from random violence, but with Bill Murray as the Cub's #1 fan, you'll need to be ready for chaos.
Bring your catcher's mitt to grab the punchlines during an hour of everyday philosophy worthy of a smile from Socrates. Book online from $24 at website.
Zoë Coombs Marr - 14 - 18 March at the Powerhouse Theatre
Zoë Coombs Marr, is the star of this exclusive show, the only event in the Festival with the liberal use of the e with 2 dots above it, the diaeresis.
Join in the historic hilarity as she communes with the Brontës, relive her excitement at the article about the diaeresis in the New Yorker or debate the practicality of the red nose during her time as a Gaulier clown with a head cold.
Beginning at $42, her 80-minute tour of the mind will put the ë into Brisbanë. Book online at the website.
Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala – 23 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 5 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 need all those coffins).
Tickets start at $60 for over an hour packed with puns and starring the festival's heavyweights, including Becky Lucas, Matt Okine, and Luke Heggie, inciting roars of laughter. Book online at the website.
After propping up the Gold Logie winners on The Project with her witty writing, local star Alex Ward returns home for her solo show, Good, Great.
As we watch people claw their way to greatness, using their worst behaviour, Alex took a hook-turn and she's boosting her audience of good eggs with warm comedy, lifting our spirits to greatness.
Can you feel the love tonight? Tickets start at $20 for the hour show, with bookings online at the website.
Wil Anderson – 16 - 18 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 Critically Wil in 2017, he's back with Willegal, another amusingly misspelt comedy routine, based on his own brush with the law at Wagga Wagga police station.
Tickets for the 1-hour show start at $47. Book online at the website.
Convince Me! – 4, 11, 18 and 25 March at the Turbine Platform - Free Event
Tired of shouting at the TV screen during ABC's Q&A? De-stress at the Brisbane Powerhouse as you shout at Brissie's brainiacs instead.
During this free debate, learned locals will attempt to convince you to cheer for NSW in the State of Origin, restore the lamington to the menu at Old Government House and add tiddlywinks to the Commonwealth Games. They may even find the meaning of life during their 'moderated' debate, as the audience chooses the winner.
If you're lucky, they'll debate the pronunciation of our Premier's surname. Book your free ticket at the website.
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).