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They say laughter is the best medicine, and there’s no shortage of it in WA. While the biggest international comedy acts regularly pack arenas and theatres in Perth, the city has a booming underground scene with performances happening almost every night of the week. Events such as Perth Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, Fringe World and RAW Comedy feature hundreds of acts, while festival roadshows deliver laughs to locations across the state.

Guides


Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted

Crowned ‘the funniest woman on Instagram’, Celeste Barber is coming to Perth.

  • Dates:Sep 23
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Astor Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Live Nation & Michael Cassel Group
  • Venue Address:659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley
  • Ticket Price FROM:$61.10
  • Ticket price TO:$163.05
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Crowned as ‘the funniest woman on Instagram’ by Vogue in 2018, actor, comedian and social media superstar Celeste Barber is the self-proclaimed empress of everyday sophistication and low budget lifestyle aspirations applauded by 5.8 million-plus followers.

The happily married mother of two boys and evil stepmother of two girls began the hashtag #celestechallengeaccepted in 2015 as a fun experiment to see what it would look like for an average person to photograph themselves doing rich people things.
Her meteoric rise on Instagram and celebrity parodies have since gained a significant following including many celebrity fans such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Dawn French, Amy Schumer, Ashton Kutcher, Tiffany Haddish, Cindy Crawford and Kris Jenner to name a few, as well appearing with Tom Ford at New York Fashion Week, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Currently touring across North America ahead of European and UK dates, in this exciting live stand-up show Celeste explains the stories and mishaps behind some of her most famous images, her new relationship with celebrities, fans and stalkers, and comments that get under her skin.

Celeste also hits us with a healthy dose of humour as she explains some of the pitfalls of being married to someone so much hotter than her (shout-out to #hothusband) and what it’s like to be an Anti-Influencer.

 

The York Festival

Our location in WA's Wheatbelt informs the content of our program, like the Wara Art Trail giant straw sculptures, the Running of the Lambs costumed obstacle event and the York Open Garden Art Trail.

  • Dates:28th September - 13th October 2019
  • Time(s):10am-4pm
  • Venue:Multiple venues

Details

  • Hosted By:The York Festival
  • Venue Address:Avon Terrace
  • Ticket Price:free
  • Ticket Price FROM:free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Festivals,History,Music,Pet-friendly,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Puppetry
  • Music:Busking,Free
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Historical,Other Visual Arts,Sculpture,Youth

Description

Other highlights include the York Escape Maze designed by local school kids, the entrepreneurial Business Tips from the Richest Man in the Colony!, Chalk The Walk pavement painting, York Art & Craft Awards (since 1973),  the Medieval Fayre living history, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre's String Symphony, From Hooves to Highways photographic exhibition, A Day in Japan extravaganza of Japanese culture, the Sake Malarkey, 40 Year Old Popstar by Alli Butler plus walking tours, art, comedy, live music and heaps more!

Guaranteed to add the wow factor this year is the creation of four giant straw sculptures by Japanese artists Shingo Miyajima, Akira Moriya and Masaharu Noguchi.  Watch, but better still, get involved in the construction of these spectacular representations of endangered Australian creatures.

 

Andy's Amazing Adventures

Andy Day is fascinated by all creatures - little and large, existing or extinct.

  • Dates:Oct 1
  • Time(s):11am, 2pm, 4.30pm
  • Venue:Regal Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:BBC Studios and Live Nation
  • Venue Address:Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39.90
  • Ticket price TO:$46.90
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre

Description

Visiting theatres across Australia during the September and October school holidays, he is on a mission to thrill and entertain in a brand-new live adventure.

Written and directed by Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) this show is full of laughter, music, interactive games and lots of surprises.

This family production will entertain everyone with its creature chaos and educational fun.

Cloud Soup

Cloud Soup tells the story of a tailor who discovers that the adventure he longs for lies at his feet – in his pile of laundry.

  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre
  • Festivals:AWESOME Festival 2019
  • Dates:Oct 8 - 11

Details

  • Type:Festivals,Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Puppetry,Theatre
  • Audience:Family-Friendly

Description

Presented by Wesfarmers Arts, the 2019 AWESOME Festival and Spoontree Productions, Cloud Soup tells the story of a tailor who discovers that the adventure he longs for lies at his feet – in his pile of laundry. The tailor’s humble shop becomes an undiscovered world as fabrics magically morph, found objects transform into curious beings and puffs of steam remind us of a time when we saw faces in the clouds. Wear mismatched socks, put your shoes on the wrong feet, turn your shirt inside out and you’ll be perfectly dressed for Cloud Soup!

Dates & Times:
Sat 5 Oct – 11am workshop
Tues 8 Oct – 2pm
Wed 9 Oct, Thurs 10 Oct, Fri 11 Oct – 11am & 2pm
Sun 13 Oct – 11am workshop

Artist: Wolfe Bowart
Place of Origin: USA
Art form: Theatre
Ages: 5+

 

Daniel Sloss - X

Don’t miss Scotland’s award-winning Daniel Sloss when he returns to Australia this October for a very special encore performance of his critically acclaimed & stunning live show; X.

  • Dates:Oct 24
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Regal Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Century & MZA
  • Venue Address:474 Hay St, Subiaco
  • Ticket Price:$49.90
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Daniel returns to Australia as part of his 300-date global tour that spans 40 countries complete with support from the brilliantly funny Kai Humphries.

Daniel is the star of the two global smash-hit Netflix specials DARK?& Jigsaw (190 countries and 26 languages), has appeared on Conan a record ten times, sold out his shows across eleven consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons and sold out five solo off-Broadway seasons.

Perth International Burlesque Festival

Come and join us for a three course meal and world class entertainment all in the heart of the Great Southern.

  • Dates:24 October 2019
  • Time(s):6pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue:Boston Brewing Co.

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Burlesque Festival
  • Venue Address:678 South Coast Highway, Denmark, WA, 6333
  • Ticket Price:$120
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Circus,Comedy,Dance

Description

Description

We are proud to present to you the Perth International Burlesque Festival here at Boston Brewing Co.

Come and join us for a three course meal and world class entertainment all in the heart of the Great Southern.

A fabulous night of Burlesque, comedy and maybe even a little circus too.

Starting from 6pm on the 24th October - you wont want to miss this!

 

Dan Willis: Australia, A Whinging Pom's Guide

After a sell-out success at Perth Fringe World 2019, Dan Willis is coming back to Perth for one more show!

  • Dates:26 October 2019
  • Time(s):4pm
  • Venue:Comedy Lounge

Details

  • Hosted By:Best of British Productions
  • Venue Address:413 Murray Street, Perth
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

A Whinging Pom’s Guide is an insight into the funny side of Australia – through the eyes of a pom. Dan Willis shares his hilarious take on the weather, our fantastic sayings, the size of our spiders and of course, how well (or not) we are doing in the cricket! Prepare for side-splitting laughs every minute as he delves into Australian culture and compares it to English traditions. This show is enjoyed by Australian and English audiences alike!

'Unpretentious, informal, belly laughs a minute stand-up. ????' ThreeWeeks (UK)
'55 minutes of side-splitting laughter. ?????' Plains Producer

Flaming Thespians – Dadbods

Flaming Thespians are back. After the success of their first production ‘Criminal Genius’ they are pleased to present a new double bill ‘DadBods’.

  • Dates:26 Oct
  • Time(s):6.30pm; 8.30pm
  • Venue:The Cube Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:2 Blair St, Bunbury WA 6230
  • Ticket Price:$21.50
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre

Description

DadBods is the world premiere of two shorts plays from Bunbury playwrights Gerard Robertson and Jez Obern. This double bill is set to take you on a journey through the crazy world of parenting and relationships, all through the eyes of a father. The highs the lows, the absolute joys and the crushing frustrations, no topic is off limits! From farting to fighting, cuddles to car trips and featuring an all star local cast, it’ll be a crazy ride!

Target Practice
Writer & Director: Jez Obern
Could you imagine if the films Training Day, Stake Out and Super Troopers made a baby with Australian TV shows Blue Heelers and No Activity and what that baby would look like? Clearly that baby would be a short play named Target Practice and it would be a little silly, a little heart-warming, very funny and identifiably Australian. Target Practice follows two officers of the law whilst on a stakeout in their local country town. The script coasts along on the banter between the two characters, as they explore fatherhood, practical jokes, film preferences and relationships. A short play packed full of laugh out loud moments and likeable characters.

Dad Diaries
Writer & Director: Gerard Robertson
Ever wanted an insight into the secret life of a Dad? Well now you can get it! Uncensored, uncut and unconventional. This crazy journey will make you laugh, cry and sometimes even cringe! Based on personal experiences and conversations with many fathers, this new play by a new father is sure to resonate with families. It’s not always going to be pretty but all topics are tackled in a light-hearted, tongue in cheek way!

 

Sooshi Mango - Fifty Shades of Ethnic

Don’t miss your chance to witness one of Australia’s funniest comedy acts live and solo in what promises to be one of Australia’s best comedy theatre shows!

  • Dates:Oct 26
  • Time(s):Shows at 6.30pm & 9.00pm
  • Venue:Regal Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:474 Hay Street Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price FROM:$55.00
  • Ticket price TO:$80.00
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre

Description

After joining Australian comedy heavy hitter, Nick Giannopoulos, on two sold out national tours with Star wogs (2018) and Wogs at Work (2017), Australia’s fastest rising comedy trio, Sooshi Mango, fresh off a sold out solo international tour of Canada are set to hit the stage with their outrageously funny first Australian national solo tour, FIFTY SHADES of ETHNIC.

The boys, Joe, Carlo and Andrew bring you an all new 2 hour theatre show comprising of live skits, videos and hilarious musical numbers.

Sooshi Mango’s rise in Australian comedy has been nothing short of meteoric with the troupe amassing over 70 million views online via their hysterical video skits and hitting stages nationally and internationally in a short period of time. Their characters, most notably their ethnic dad and ethnic mum characters, have made their way from video skits to live stages and all the way onto our tv screens where they have appeared on popular tv programs and in tv ads.

Dame Edna - My Gorgeous Life Tour

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September and October.

  • Dates:Oct 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:TEG Dainty
  • Venue Address:21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$99
  • Ticket price TO:$199
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Since she first appeared on stage as purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife Mrs Edna Everage, Dame Edna has toured Europe, the US and the Middle East, picking up a Tony Award for the 2000 Broadway production Dame Edna, The Royal Tour and a Tony nomination in 2004 for Back with a Vengeance.

Canning Show 2019 presented by Make Smoking History

A community party like never before? Expect blooming brilliance at this year’s Make Smoking History Canning Show

  • Dates:Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November
  • Venue:Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds

Details

  • Hosted By:Canning Agricultural Horticultural & Recreational Society Inc
  • Venue Address:Cnr Station Street & Albany Highway CANNINGTON WA 6107
  • Type:Agricultural,Charity / Fundraising,Festivals,Flowers,Food & drink,Free,Garden,Health,Military,Music,Performing Arts,Science,Well Being,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Circus,Comedy,Dance,Puppetry,Theatre
  • Music:Busking,Country & Folk,Free,Music Festival,Other Music,Popular Music,Rhythm & Blues,Soul & Gospel
  • Visual Arts:Craft,Historical,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Video,Youth
  • Food & Drink:Coffee,Food Event,Food Market Events

Description


Celebrating 110 years since the birth of what’s now the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society (aka CAHRS), the not-for-profit organisation committed to giving back to the community, the 2019 Show is also the beginning of the Show’s next evolutionary phase. Expect big changes to excite and inspire all ages for the next 100+ years!

ESSENTIAL INFO:

DATES: Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November

VENUE: Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds

Displays on Show Gates Open  Exhibition Halls Open
Friday 1   5pm to 10pm  5pm to 9pm
Saturday 2  9am to 10pm  9am to 8pm


TICKETS:
• Limited FREE Early Bird ticket registrations! Then…
• Presale: $10+BF Adults / $5+BF Concession / Family $20+BF
• Gate sales: $15+BF Adults / $10+BF Concession / Family $30+BF
• 5 & under free any time
• Please note: Tickets valid for either day, but you can only use them once
Get your tickets via Eventbrite here



FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTS…



FREE TICKETS, IF YOU’RE QUICK!
• To celebrate in style, we’re offering a limited number of free early bird tickets.
• Hurry to register for your free tickets via Eventbrite. Max two tickets per person. Once these run out, tickets will be available for presale.


TWO NIGHTS OF FESTIVE FIRE
• Always a highlight on the Friday, what better way to celebrate than to set imaginations alight than with two nights of fireworks!
• Faves from last year’s Canning Show’s Friday night entertainment and our sold-out The Greatest Showman Free Movie Event, Zap Circus return for both nights to dazzle us with fire shows, as well as holding a free workshop.


ENTERTAINMENT UPGRADES
In 2019 you can expect levels of fun to max at new heights, with an array of debut and exciting FREE entertainment planned, including:
• A number of elements celebrating 2019 as the International Year Of Indigenous Languages, including Food World, gathering some of the most delectable cuisines from around the globe to tantalise your tastebuds
• Sideshow Wonderland, presented by the WA Showmen’s Association, who recently celebrated their 50th year of providing hair-raising rides, discounted showbags and more to the best Ag Shows in WA
• One10 Mini Style motorbike free style ramp shows
• Progressive Axe Men –wood chopping demonstrations, along with chainsaw shows
•  ‘Buskers Lane’ promoting incredible live music talent all festival long
• A costumed fashion parade (wearing your own festive outfits also highly encouraged)
• Worm farm making workshops for the kids (with takeaway results)


FREE ACTIVITIES GALORE
Of course, there will be a mix of the fascinating and fun fare you’ve come to expect from the Show, including FREE entertainment such as: Dave The Blacksmith, face painting, pony rides, roving sheep, roving entertainment, community group performances, school choirs, Old Mac Donald’s Farm, Machinery Preservation Society, West Coast Remote Control Trucks, WA Police Historical Society, and many more to be announced closer to the Show.


SHOW OFF YOUR SKILLS
The Canning Show Exhibition Schedule has now also just been released.

• There’s over $13,000 in cash prizes to be won, over 650+ Classes

• One of the largest annual exhibitions in the state that showcases a wide array of arts, crafts, hobbies, creations and produce.

• Open to everyone, from talented amateurs to awarded artisans, the competition celebrates, promotes, rewards and encourages diverse passions and talents, plus inspires others in the community.

• All entries exhibited as part of the 2019 Make Smoking History Canning Show.

• View the Schedule at www.canningshow.com.au

PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE
To be announced in the coming months!

MORE INFO: WWW.CANNINGSHOW.COM.AU 

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS, INCLUDING:

Make Smoking History WA II Healthway II Lotterywest
Government of Western Australia II City of Canning
Bill Johnston MLA II Western Australian Horticultural Council
West Australian Showmen's Association Inc II Greyhounds WA II Lions Club of Canning City II R.E. Asset Logistics II Cardile Fireworks
 

Comedy Hypnotist – Matt Hale’s Feelgood Factory

Bunbury audiences gather your mates for an unforgettable night of fun, live entertainment, laugh out loud comedy and insight into the incredible world of hypnotism.

  • Dates:Nov 2
  • Time(s):8:00pm
  • Venue:BREC

Details

  • Hosted By:BREC
  • Venue Address:2 Blair Street, Bunbury WA 6230
  • Ticket Price:$35 +BF
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Cider,Coffee,Spirits,Wine

Description

After multiple sellout seasons at Fringe World, the award-nominated comedy hypnotist Matt Hale is heading to BREC with his hilarious new show Feelgood Factory that promises to leave you feeling rediculously happy inside!

For those sceptical or new to hypnosis, Hale’s shows are about fun and empowerment, not embarrasment. Everyone on stage is a volunteer, no need to go up if you’re not comfortable! Audience members will be wowed by how quickly their friends and family go from being their normal selves, to dancing like no one was watching, and enthusiastically adopting any character Hale assigned to them.

Having hypnotised people around the world from London to Vegas (where even Mike Tyson told him ‘You are AMAZING!’), Matt currently provides his show for public and corporate events of all sizes.

Waistwatchers The Musical

This hilarious & inspirational musical comedy will leave you laughing so hard, you’ll burn more calories than you have all week! Come and dance in your seat or jump right in!

  • Dates:Nov 6 - 9
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:HIT Productions
  • Ticket Price:From $25
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Musicals

Description

Waist Watchers The Musical! is fast-paced, with lots of energy and a ton of heart. It pokes fun at a number of familiar obsessions yet is very uplifting and empowering. As we watch the ladies share their lives with us, they blossom into stronger women who take ownership of their eating, their bodies, their relationships, and their self-esteem.

Set in Cook’s Women’s Gym, WaistWatchers The Musical! takes a hilarious and light-hearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love, and sex.

Which one of the ladies are you?
Carla ... Hitting the gym just so she can eat more chocolate and ice cream?
Cheryl ... Hitting the gym to relieve stress from work and stay looking good?
Connie ... Hitting the gym for the first time ever in order to feel sexy again?
Cindy ... Hitting the gym because she's recently divorced and looking to tone up now that she's single and ready to mingle?

Created by Alan Jacobson (book and lyrics) with Vince Di Mura (music) and directed by US director Matt Silva (Old Jews Telling Jokes, Becoming Dr Ruth, Crimes of the Heart and Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat), WaistWatchers The Musical! will include a talented cast of triple threat Australian performers!

Steve Martin and Martin Short

Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their critically acclaimed comedy tour Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t for the first time to Australian and New Zealand audiences in November.

  • Dates:Nov 8 - 9
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:AB Presents
  • Venue Address:21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth
  • Ticket Price:For this event, a one-off service & handling fee of $8.65 per transaction applies on all purchases.
  • Ticket Price FROM:$119.90
  • Ticket price TO:$274.90
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Riverside Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

This celebrated comedy show redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century.   The duo will be joined on stage by Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers.  

 Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t follows Steve Martin and Martin Short’s sold-out tour An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. The tour was filmed for a Netflix special that earned rave reviews and garnered four Emmy®nominations.  Fueled by comedic precision and anchored in a lifelong friendship, Rolling Stone called the special “wryly hip but unexpectedly touching,” with the New York Times describing it “gleeful and satisfying.”  

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s humour is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two comedy masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other.

Martin and Short’s chemistry and timing on stage reflects a friendship of more than three decades; they met for the first time on the set of the 1986 film Three Amigos.  The comedy icons have been touring together since 2016, when they launched their first live show titled “A Very Stupid Conversation.”

Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival Geraldton

OTF aims to celebrate new and independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces and their excellent sense of humour.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Queens Park Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:Queens Park Theatre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Type:Festivals,Film
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Queens Park Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Film:Film Festivals

Description

We are committed to encouraging and stimulating comedy film production worldwide, and to producing a festival which celebrates, entertains & inspires through comedy.
We are a grassroots festival dedicated to championing the indie & new filmmakers – who are the starting point of a flourishing filmmaking industry. We aim to create of a vibrant, stimulating, inspiring environment for filmmakers & audiences, and, to bring laughter, thought, &  joy to people.
Our mission is to offer a refreshing challenge to people’s ideas of ‘what comedy is’, to give our audience a whole new experience of the way in which funny stories can be told through a the wide variety of filmmaking styles, genres, and, from all countries across the world!

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