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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.

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Side Splitter Comedy Festival

Get your laughs on with some great West Aussie comedians brought to you by Side Splitter Comedy Festival. Over two weekends you can see some of WA's finest who will have you giggling uncontrollably.

  • Dates:Oct 9 and 10, 16 and 17
  • Venue:Memorial Hall
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Cockburn and Euphorium Creative
  • Venue Address:465 Carrington St, Hamilton Hill
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Type:Community

Description

Side Splitter will bring a gut-busting line up once again to Hamilton Hill. This year the show features home-grown West Aussie comedians including:

  • Peter Rowsthorn (from Kath and Kim)

  • Janelle Koenig

  • Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale

  • Sons of Fred

  • Mother Hood

  • Roasted

 

The event takes place over two weekends, 9 and 10 October and 16 and 17 October.

Enjoy a beverage at Hecklers pop-up bar and a bite to eat. Early bird tickets are on sale now but won't be for long so get in quick to reserve your night of laughter.

Tickets and time information available on the website www.sidesplitter.com.au

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus

The thrill of circus, the mayhem of Mozart

  • Dates:Oct 12
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:BREC

Details

  • Hosted By:BREC
  • Venue Address:2 Blair St
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20 (child +bf)
  • Ticket price TO:$31.50 (adult +bf)
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Performing Arts:Ballet,Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Music:Classical
  • Type:For Kids

Description

Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist.

To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Come and discover his irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics.

Designed to amaze people from the age of three and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst a storm of powder, tumbles and crashes, all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton.

Djuki Mala

Direct from Elcho Island, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'bird' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob') perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and strorytelling.

  • Dates:Oct 16
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Venue Address:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$18
  • Ticket price TO:$27.50
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Dance,Theatre
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events

Description

Join a joyous celebration 60,000 years in the making where Esperance Civic Centre presents Duki Mala, Proudly supported by Lotterywest.

Direct from Elcho Island, Djuki Mala (Djuki meaning 'bird' with a Yolngu accent and Mala meaning 'mob') perform a high-energy and stunning fusion of traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary dance and strorytelling.

Since their 2007 clip of 'Zorba the Greek' went viral, they've been consistently thrilling audiences with reinterpretations of popular culture and traditional dances in a way that juxtaposes contemporary Yulngo culture.

The show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, interspersed with multimedia and gives audiences the opportunity to experience some of the more intimate moments and turning points that have shaped them, in a show that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, with a hefty dose of heart and soul.

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REVIEWS
“There is no better offering at this year’s Perth Fringe Festival…tremendous fun.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ?????

“Djuki Mala is an hour of infectious joy” BROADWAY BABY, EDINBURGH ?????

“Joy enhancing, inspiring, thrilling, intoxicating' ????? UPSIDE NEWS

“entertainment with plenty of skill, fun and charm” ????? IN DAILY, ADELAIDE

“Has the audience eating out of their hands…a show of sheer joy, energy, hilarity…hugely entertaining”
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PURCHASE TICKETS online www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/djuki-mala

Tickets:
Child $18
Concession $25
Adult $27.50
Group of 6 + $24.50

Duration: 60mins
Rating: All Ages (recommended 5+)

Tickets also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre.

Dick Whittington Down Under

A wanna be actor meets a has-been hound, a once in a lifetime opportunity sends them Pilbara bound.... Come see Dick Whittington Down Under!

  • Dates:31st October & 1st November
  • Time(s):Saturday 31st October: 6.30pm & Sunday 1st November: 2.00pm
  • Venue:Red Earth Arts Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Red Earth Arts Precinct
  • Venue Address:27 Welcome Road Karratha
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Event Venue:Red Earth Arts Precinct
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Musicals,Theatre
  • Type:Community,Youth Art / Performance

Description

When Dick Whittington became Mayor of London, he thought he had it all! But after finding local government wasn’t quite what he imagined he needed a new dream. When walking down the West End one evening he looks at the panto posters and noticing a pattern, he realises what he wants to do and where he needs to go…. Australia!

Dick arrives in Sydney and quickly finds becoming an actor isn’t quite that easy. A chance encounter with Australia’s most famous canine (and local Karratha legend) reveals the one place where he can make it. Dick and his new friends set off on an adventure of continental proportions. Will Dick make it to the audition on time, or does someone have other plans?

Dick Whittington Down Under takes audiences of all ages on a hilarious adventure filled with kooky characters, hilarious songs, daring rescues and some terrible puns. Written, produced and cast with an entirely local team, Pitter Pat Productions once again creates a unique experience by and for Pilbara people. Perfect for families, with something for everyone this tale about helping others to realise their potential is not to be missed.

Can We Laugh Again?

Emo-tainement presents a night of comedy and entertainment you don’t want to miss!

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):8pm
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theater

Details

  • Hosted By:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:40.00
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

With the hottest-lineup of local and internationally touring comedians. One night only, Saturday 31st of October, 8pm at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA. Tickets $40, available from ptt.wa.gov.au, via phone on (08) 6212 9292 or in person at the box office.

The pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways. Stress and anxiety have been on the rise, so there is no doubt that the people of Perth could do with some laughter therapy. Let’s take a break from all the chaos. Lockdown is over, we can finally laugh together again.

Can We Laugh Again? is a night of comedy and entertainment you don’t want to miss! The lineup of local and internationally touring comedians including MC Jon Pinder, Jason Wood, Simone Springe, Chief Kosse and special guests, this show is going to be a reckless amount of fun.

To top it off, the night will be headlined by none other than the sensational Emo, winner of the 2018 State Raw Comedy Competition. After a full run of sold out shows around WA, there is no doubt these tickets will move quick, so don’t wait silly!

Emo has been quietly making a name for himself in Perth since 2016, developing his style and a strong local following. With a past that includes fleeing war torn Ethiopia as a refugee, and being a minority young face in 90s Perth suburbia, Emo draws upon his experiences to create a style that is both funny and socially relevant. In his words, his shows are a platform to ‘share stories, bring down society’s barriers and catch the laughter bug’. Emo has been on fire, winning the WA finals for the 2018 Raw Comedy Festival, and performing in the National Finals at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, aired on SBS. He has performed in the 2018 & 2019 Fringe Festivals, headlined his own shows and performed in the US. Check out his Facebook and Instagram for details on these and many other shows. 

 

The Boys in the Band

A deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play comes to Perth!

  • Dates:4th - 7th and 11th - 14th November 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm. Matinees on 7th and 14th November at 2:00pm.
  • Venue:Dolphin Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:GRADS
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Dolphin Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre

Description

Award-winning director Barry Park is at the helm of the forthcoming GRADS’ production of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking smash hit play THE BOYS IN THE BAND, which will be staged at The Dolphin Theatre, UWA from 4th to 14th November.

After half a century, back on stage will be the camping, the fighting and laughing and crying, Mart Crowley’s insightful portrait of gay friendship as both endurance test and saving grace.

One of the first productions to put gay lives front and centre, it is about a group of entertaining, angst-ridden, openly gay men who gather for a friend's birthday - which goes horribly wrong.

‘This play has a wide appeal,’ Park says, ‘as it is an engrossing, character-driven story. Older audiences will be reminded about how different attitudes and values were in the 60s, while those who are younger will be intrigued to see how difficult it was to be gay 52 years ago. Many will recognise aspects of themselves in the play, as essentially the play is about how people relate to one other. ‘

Fifty years after it first opened, THE BOYS IN THE BAND finally made it to Broadway, a production that won the Tony Award for best revival, directed by Joe Mantello with a cast that included Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons. A new film version of the play featuring the entire Broadway cast is on Netflix in September.

Be sure not to miss the rare opportunity to see this deliriously delicious, bitingly bitchy, groundbreaking gay play, which has not been performed in Perth for years!

Tickets are $35, $25 concession (groups of 8+, pensioners, students). Book at: https://www.ticketswa.com/ Enquiries: [email protected] Phone: 08 6488 2440 Call between Noon and 4pm on weekdays. The Dolphin Theatre is located within the University of WA with entry from Mounts Bay Road or Hackett Drive. Parking is free. The production is by arrangement with ORIGIN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc.

Arj Barker - We Need To Talk

Australia's adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show

  • Dates:Nov 6-7
  • Time(s):7.15pm
  • Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Comedy Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:alist.com.au
  • Venue Address:474 Hay St, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Ticket Price:$46.90

Description

When he’s not on stage, he’s on screen with numerous appearances on late night talk shows including Letterman, Conan O’Brian and his very own special on HBO produced by Comedy Central. He’s been a regular on Australian TV, on hit shows including The Project, Have you Been Paying Attention and is one of the favourites of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Galas.

 

Rory Lowe – What If Something Goes Wrong?

Everything was going so well for Rory Lowe. He was touring America, hanging out with celebrities and very much in love… but what if something goes wrong?

  • Dates:Nov 7
  • Time(s):Doors: 6.45pm, Show: 7:30pm
  • Venue:Astor Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA, 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$29.99
  • Ticket price TO:$79.99
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre

Description

From a world tour to teaching methheads Italian. Everything HAS gone wrong. But it is a very, very funny journey… so why not tell it. At the end of 2019, Lowe supported Netflix Comedian Bert Kreischer around Australia and the USA. Rory was supposed to return to America this year to continue performing with Bert (Joe Rogan Experience regular). But Covid-19 struck and we’re all stuck in WA… So since Lowe (creator of several multi-million views series, Aussie Peppa Pig, Aussie Disney and The Cigs) can’t perform internationally, let’s put on a huge, homegrown, hometown show!

Marty Sheargold

An Encore performance of Marty's sold out 2019 tour

  • Dates:Nov 13 - 14
  • Time(s):9-10pm
  • Venue:Regal Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Regal Theatre
  • Venue Address:474 Hay St, Subiaco, Western Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:$44
  • Ticket price TO:$49
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Don't miss the opportunity to laugh live with the star of the Nova networks Kate, Tim & Marty show, as he delivers a load of jokes & stories he can't do between 4pm and 6pm.

If you've seen him on Have You Been Paying Attention? & want more, book now. Don't disappoint him, yourself or his property broker by missing out!

Beauty | Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney's newest comedy show 'Beauty' at the Regal Theatre

  • Dates:Nov 13-14
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:The Regal Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:A-List Entertainment
  • Venue Address:474 Hay Street, Subiaco, WA, 6008
  • Ticket Price FROM:$44
  • Ticket price TO:$49
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

After being named New Idea's Funniest Australian Comic of the year, Lawrence Mooney is back to bring audiences his newest show after three years away from the spotlight. Let him take you on a ride of ups and downs where you can be positively sure you'll be laughing the whole way through!

Urzila Carlson - Token African

Witness the biggest comedian to come out of South Africa

  • Dates:Nov 18, 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Crown Theatre Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Live Nation
  • Venue Address:Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100
  • Ticket Price FROM:$61.02
  • Ticket price TO:$61.02
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Crown Theatre Perth
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

After performing 38 completely sold-out shows across Australia this year, Urzila Carlson is going back on the road in 2020 with her brand new show ‘Token African’! Enjoy her trademark observational humour and the unique New Zealand-South African perspective on everything going on in the world.

Wil Anderson: Wil-Informed

The host of ABC favourite Gruen comes to Perth with his critically-acclaimed live show Wil-Informed.

  • Dates:Nov 27 - Nov 28
  • Time(s):Fri 7.30pm; Sat 5.00pm and 7.30pm
  • Venue:The Astor Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Token Events
  • Venue Address:659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$49.90
  • Ticket price TO:$54.90
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Wil Anderson is back with his critically acclaimed show Wil-Informed.

Wil’s shows are simply unmissable for lovers of smart, fresh, quality comedy. Don’t miss his finest show yet.

“A laugh-a-minute ride, masterfully helmed. Four and a half stars." Herald Sun, 2019

Six-time winner – People’s Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival

Isaac Butterfield: Outlaw

Get ready for the most dangerous man in Australian comedy

  • Dates:Dec 4-5
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Astor Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Verve Promotions
  • Venue Address:659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:67.30
  • Ticket price TO:108.10
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Astor Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

In the last two years, Isaac Butterfield has emerged as one of Australia's most popular comedians for his dangerous, no holds bar brand of comedy.

From empty dingy pubs to sold-out theatre shows, Butterfield has proven that whether you like it or not, there is an appetite for a wrecking ball of humour in this ever-growing sensitive society.

After being outlawed, banned and slandered by his opposition, Butterfield re-emerges in 2020 with his most uncensored and provoking show yet - 'Outlaw'.

Be warned, this show is not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself, the outlaw is town.

Russell Howard - Respite

Following the record-breaking success of his 2017 tour Round The World, Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date.

  • Dates:Feb 13 - 14
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre

Details

  • Venue Address:21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$81.50
  • Other:Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Hosted By:Live Nation

Description

Hot on the heels of his critically-acclaimed hit Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour, and his global smash Netflix special Recalibrate, Russell is back on stage where he belongs, making sense of a world that’s spinning out of control.

It’s time for Respite.

“it’s thrilling to see Howard with fire in his belly” 

“world domination is looming… he has grown darker, angrier and more satirical on stage. His sets deal with everything from foreign policy to his fear of death, and he rages as much as he teases.” The Sunday Times

Ben Elton Live 2021

Ben Elton, stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director, will be hitting the Perth Concert Hall stage April 2021!

  • Dates:Apr 3, 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$61.90
  • Ticket price TO:$91.95
  • Other:Performing Arts,Literature
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene over 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films. He has published 16 best-selling novels, three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends, Queen.

A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year Award, The Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

See Ben Elton at the Perth Concert Hall in April next year as he returns to Australia after 14 years.

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