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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


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:Sep 28 - Oct 13
  • 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:Adults,Family-Friendly,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.

 

Giggling Goose Comedy Club - October Show

Brand new monthly comedy night - Featuring all-female line-ups

  • Dates:8 October 2019, 5 November 2019, 10 December 2019
  • Time(s):Doors open 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm
  • Venue:The Bird

Details

  • Hosted By:Giggling Goose Comedy Club
  • Venue Address:The Bird, 181 William Street, Northbridge WA
  • Ticket Price:$10 per person, or two tickets for $15
  • Ticket Price FROM:$7.50
  • Ticket price TO:$10
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:The Bird
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Cider,Spirits,Wine

Description

The Giggling Goose Comedy Club is the newest comedy night in Perth.

Our comedy shows run once a month from The Bird in Northbridge, with different line-ups of Perth's freshest and coolest female comedians each month.

With tickets only $10 and available online or at the door, this is the most fun you can have on a Tuesday night. The bar runs all night, serving up all your favourite food and drinks.

This is the perfect event to catch up with your friends or have a date night. Laugh away the night with our friendly audience and good vibes.

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.

A World of Dark Comedy 2

A 2 hour film festival with 13 comedy short's!

  • Dates:Oct 31, Nov 1 & Nov 2
  • Time(s):7pm - 9pm
  • Venue:Cinema Paradiso
  • Festivals:Perth Comedy Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Over The Fence
  • Venue Address:164 James Street
  • Ticket Price:Full & Concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$17.00
  • Ticket price TO:$20.00
  • Type:Festivals,Film
  • Audience:Adults
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Film:Film Festivals

Description

We proudly present the fantastically bad, wrong and diabolical short films from all over the world, lined up for your amusement and awe.
 

 

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
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre

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!

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Evolution

A hip-hop inspired tour of modern evolutionary biology.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Quantum Words Perth
  • Venue Address:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth,
  • Ticket Price:$35.00 Standard, $25.00 Concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Author Talks,Festivals,Literature,Performing Arts,Science,Talks & Lectures,Writers Festivals
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA,Studio Underground
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and nominated for a Drama Desk Award off-Broadway, Baba Brinkman's original peer-reviewed rap show combines the skills and charisma of a live MC with the precision of a scientist, offering deep insights into human nature and the origins of all living things, including rappers.

"Brilliantly conceived and effervescently performed…not only is it factually correct, it's also dazzlingly intelligent" The Scotsman 

"Astonishing and brilliant" New York Times

This event is part of Quantum Words Perth, Western Australia’s first writers festival dedicated specifically to writing about science, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect.

The Festival, to be held at the State Theatre Centre from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November, will bring together outstanding thinkers, scientists and creators from across Australia and overseas to engage in conversations about the ways in which we come to understand ourselves, our world, and the expansive universe we live within.

Presented by Writing WA in association with Writing NSW, Quantum Words Perth will delve into everything from climate change to orangutan protection, water, “alternative facts”, and Indigenous knowledge.

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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