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The guys and gals who started Brisbane's love affair with stand up comedy, Sit Down Comedy Club (SDCC) are giving you even more to laugh about at the Sit Down Comedy Fringe. The festival runs from 1-25 March and tickets for the shows start around $22-25 at the Sit Down Comedy Club's Paddington venue.
All shows take place downstairs at Paddo Tavern (186 Given Terrace, Paddington). Parking in the area can sometimes be tricky, especially if an event is on at Suncorp Stadium, so it's a good idea to plan ahead regarding parking or grab an Uber. The Tavern serves decent pub grub at the Sit Down Comedy Club bar and of course all the alcohol you can manage. While the acts on show are funny, I'm reliably informed they're even funnier if you've had a couple of drinkies.
I've been pretty heavily involved in the comedy community in Brisbane for 25 years. I've performed stand up and improv, judged the Raw competition and seen more comedians than I've had hot breakfasts. My hot tips for must-see shows are Love Hurts and Lindsay Webb's Comedy Festival All Stars which is going to have a pretty awesome special surprise guest or two.
Recommendations aside, you can't go too wrong with a Fringe festival ticket or two. They're priced so you could see a couple of shows in one night and conveniently you don't have to walk about trying to find the next venue.
The other thing worth noting is how well this festival treats the comedians compared with others. It's no secret it's hard for comics to break even and most lose money putting on festival shows in other venues. You can feel good about buying a ticket to the Sit Down Comedy Fringe, as (without going into specifics) it's more likely more of your ticket price will actually go to the performer than when you attend other festivals. Sit Down has been nurturing comedians with open mic rooms and opportunities since 1992. Several names you'd recognise from TV and radio wouldn't have gotten where they are today without the support SDCC has given them, especially at the starts of their careers.
Why else should you attend? Comedy is a great night out. It makes you laugh, think and see the world from a different point of view. It's an awesome date night. Laughter is even proven to be good for your health and well-being. So why not book a ticket or two and support some funny people? Phone 3369 4466 or book online at www.sitdowncomedyfringe.com.au