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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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250 First Dates

Well-travelled, black coffee enthusiast, performer by day, bartender by night. Thinker with no filter. Willing to share food on the first date.

  • Dates:Jan 15-18, 20-23
  • Time(s):9:10pm
  • Venue:Chemistry at Girls School
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World Festival
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

Tania/28/Perth

Fond of: all things potato (couch potatoes need not apply), chocolate in the freezer (controversial, I know), singing, a solid jawline.
Not fond of: narcissists, the emotionally unavailable- please, swipe left.
Let's have a drink, share some stories, if there's enough wine I might even sing. I'm a serial romantic on the hunt for the one, not just date 251!

Re-live Tania's searingly honest one- woman dating odyssey through her 20s as she traverses the new digital dating age from London--Perth--Vancouver and back. Laced with anxiety, heartbreak and finally wisdom. Learn to love yourself by being the spectator of your own tragedies.

3 Broke Gays

Queering and endearing, three LGBTQI+ Perth comics come out and come together to form a stand-up comedy line-up extravaganza that will knock your rainbow socks off.

  • Dates:Jan 15-17, 27-28
  • Time(s):6:45pm
  • Venue:Le Roi at Belgian Beer Cafe
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World Festival
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

"The Big Gay Theory", "How I Met Your Qween", "Gays of Our Lives" - call it what you want. It's here, it's queer, it's live stand-up comedy from Perth's best and brightest.

- Jackson is bisexual, bipolar, and has two working brain cells.
- Charlotte is bubbly, bright, and fueled by a constant undercurrent of rage.
- And Cody... well, he needs a boyfriend.

Come for an hour of laughs, fun, and special guests, and- are you still here? Seriously, we need to find Cody a boyfriend. He won't stop asking us. Guaranteed to make you tickled pink; these are the Three Broke Gays.

A Circus Sensation at FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021 by ZAP CIRCUS

5 STARS! “Charismatic Funny & Skills to Boot! A real FEEL-GOOD performance!"- Perth Happenings Jaw-dropping heart-stopping circus!

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 31, 2021
  • Time(s):6:40pm-7:40pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent at the Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:ZAP CIRCUS & FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL
  • Ticket Price:20-25
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Description

tickets: https://tinyurl.com/zapfringe
or http://www.zapcircus.com

13 SHOWS ONLY!
Jan 15-31 2021 @ 6:40pm
The Edith Spiegeltent @ FRINGE WORLD
The Woodside Pleasure Garden

5 STARS!  “Charismatic Funny & Skills to Boot! A real FEEL-GOOD performance!"- Perth Happenings

Jaw-dropping heart-stopping circus!An exhilarating show from start to finish - international superstars ZAP CIRCUS bring their all-time favourite circus stunts to Perth in a brand new show that you don't want to miss!

With Fire Eating Hula Hooping Acrobatics Comedy Freakshow stunts and hilarious acts galore this show is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and ready for more! Forget the everyday come join us and immerse yourself in the sensation of the circus. Share that indescribable feeling you get as you feel the heat from the flames see the sweat dripping on the acrobats and the flutter of the confetti as it falls from the sky. Experience A Circus Sensation with us!
#ZAPcircus

Adult's Scavenger Hunt

The Amazing Race in your own City?! A hilariously fun and unique Adult's Scavenger Hunt.

  • Time(s):5:45pm onwards
  • Venue:Meeting Point: Corner of James St & Parker St
  • Dates:Jan 15, 16, 20 - 23, 27 - 30 & Feb 3 - 6, 10 - 13
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$40 to $49
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Filled with adult challenges to make you laugh, cry and feel joyous. In this hilarious and raunchy event, you and a partner will jump aboard a rickshaw chariot and your personal chauffeur will ride you around Perth City where you'll complete challenges that will test your courage, creativity, teamwork & wit.

Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale: Bonkers!

Joyful. Crazy. Fun! The unmissable hypnosis show with a party vibe!

  • Dates:Jan 15 - Feb 14
  • Venue:Multiple Venues
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Hale Group International PL
  • Ticket Price:20-35
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Cabaret
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

Joyful. Crazy. Fun! The unmissable hypnosis show with a party vibe! A brand new show from popular fest fave (& 2020 Award Winner!). Enjoy from onstage or in the audience (you choose!) "Can't-miss if you want to belly laugh" UrbanList, 2020 "Absolute must-see" Perth Happenings, 2020, FamFriendly Adelaide, 2020, Fringefeed, 2020,  InDaily, 2020 "Embrace your silly side...laugh until your belly hurts!" ???? Xpress, 2020 "What you want from Fringe -- a 60-minute party" Tulpa Mag, 2020 "Fun is the theme & Hale delivered it in spades!" InDaily, 2020 If you thought previous years were ridiculously fun, this year we'll go completely...Bonkers! Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale is back to share his modern brand of hypno laughs - no swinging watches & 100% chicken free! Regularly sells out. Book now! Girls School Jan Fri 15, Sat 17, Tues 19 - Sat 23, Tues 26 - Sat 30 7pm Feb Tues 2 - Sat 6, Tues 9 - Sat 13 7pm Matinees - Jan 23, Feb 13 & 14 3.30pm Cirque du Cockburn Jan Sat 16 5pm & Sun 24 6pm Rendezvous Scarborough Jan Sat 16 Jan 8pm & Sun 31 6.30pm Feb Sun 14 6.30pm Metro City Feb Fri 12 & Sat 13 9.30pm Redmond Theatre Feb Sat 6 4pm & Sun 7 6pm

Emo-tainment Presents The Who's Who of Fringe

Not sure what FRINGE WORLD shows you should watch? Stress less, we have you covered. Emo-tainment Presents The Who's Who of Fringe!!

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 17
  • Time(s):6.45pm
  • Venue:Palace Cinemas Raine Square
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe
  • Ticket Price:25.00
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Start the festival off strong by getting the first insight of what is on the comedy menu before fully committing to their full shows. Emo-tainment Present has had the best comedians on showcases including the unforgettable show Can We Laugh Again? at the State Theatre Centre - you never know who might just walk in.

''Emo is a raw comedic talent and a must see for anybody who is a fan of stand up... Emo riffs and banters with the crowd with such ease and a sense of familiarity that one could be forgiven for thinking that they were having a yarn at a family BBQ" Fringefeed, 2019

Presented by:
Emo-tainment

Formed from the local Perth comedy scene Emo-tainment has quickly been making a name for itself since its foundation 2019. Despite many obstacles both natural and manmade, this production company has not ceased to continue to develop and produce highly acclaimed shows for those with open minds and half full cups.

After WA’s handling of COVID Emo-tainment saw the need to fill and uplift the void after a tough first half of 2020 by producing and showcasing some of Perth’s funniest and highly demanded comedians.

Emo-tainment is poised to bring you even more laughter with several nights of comedy and entertainment you never want to miss! With the hottest-line up of local and internationally touring comedians. Keep an eye out for the highly anticipated debut of Emo’s new show Black Santa.

Impro Musical Bangtown!

BangTown! is high octane, high octave improvised comedy, where every note, lyric, and scene will be made up entirely from your suggestions. Comedy / Musical / Improvisation / Live Music

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 24
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:The Rechabite
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Cabaret,Musicals
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

BangTown! is high octane, high octave improvised comedy, which means every note, lyric, and scene will be made up entirely from audience suggestions. BangTown! starts with fast and furious games, and finishes with a one night only improvised musical spectacular. Featuring ARIA, Martin Sims and FRINGE WORLD award winning comedians along with a red-hot three piece band of acclaimed musos from Perth's musical theatre and indie music scenes. This crew's dulcet tones will soothe your soul, and split your sides. Performed within the beautiful Rechabite Hall, BangTown! blends the dizzying heights of Hamilton with the spontaneous hilarity of improvised comedy. It's Broadway Spectacular meets 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' Get your butts to BangTown! because the laughs ain't stopping soon.

Jon Bennett: How I Learned To Hug

Not a love story but a story of love, loss, sex and hugging told to an airport security guard resembling a combination of the rapper Jay-Z and Beyonce while detained as a suspected terrorist.

  • Dates:15 - 30 Jan
  • Time(s):8.30pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:The Rechabite
  • Ticket Price:$35
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Not a love story but a story of love, loss, sex and hugging told to an airport security guard resembling a combination of the rapper Jay-Z and Beyonce while detained as a suspected terrorist in the Montreal Airport. A TRUE STORY. Best Comedy Award Winner, San Diego Fringe 2018. Comedy Award Nominee, FRINGE WORLD 2015. Just for Laughs Award Nominee, Montreal Fringe 2014. "It seems every year that we say Bennett's show is a must-see and this year's no different." 5 Star - Theatre in London. "The rumours are true -- Bennett possesses a masterful narrative skill, taking us on a journey full of heartbreak, joy and a whole lot of dick jokes." 5 Star - SBS Television. 5 Star - Otakuno Culture.

On Fringe by Patrick Marlborough at FRINGE WORLD Festival

Burlesque. Improv. Fracking... Take a satirical look at these pillars of the Australian arts landscape in writer/comedian Patrick Marlborough's comedy special this Fringe.

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 16, Feb 12 - 13
  • Time(s):9:45pm
  • Venue:Rubix Bar
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Patrick Marlborough
  • Ticket Price:$14-20
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Join writer/comedian/dependant Patrick Marlborough, HFA (The Guardian, VICE, Rolling Stone, Junkee, Crikey, Meanjin) on a madcap celebration of Australia’s benevolent mining megacorps and their generous support of our cherished Arts and Cabaret sector. On Fringe is a TED talk by way of a Vyvanse prescription, a hyperactive, hyperassociative, hyper-libellous trip through the Wonka tunnel of Mr. Marlborough’s 10+ year career as a working artist and dole recipient. You are humbly invited to this Woodside chat.

Rory Lowe - What You See, Is What You Get

Rory Lowe bares it all in his new, hilarious and most vulnerable stand up show yet, What You See, Is What You Get. Comedy / Standup

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 16, Feb 10 - 13
  • Time(s):15 - 16 Jan at 7pm | 10 - 13 Feb at 8.30pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Ticket Price:$35
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Hosted By:The Rechabite
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Viral sensation and quick witted comic Rory Lowe bares it all in his new, hilarious and most vulnerable stand up show yet, What You See, Is What You Get. He challenges his personal demons and insecurities by recounting the unbelievably funny situations he has found himself in, all whilst wearing nothing but his underwear.

State of Play

You’re invited to explore, experiment and party with us across the two-week program as part of FRINGE WORLD 2021.

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Dates:Jan 15 - 30
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Type:Community
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Comedy,Theatre
  • Food & Drink:Cider,Spirits
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Hosted By:State Theatre Centre of WA

Description

On the eve of our 10th anniversary, State Theatre Centre of WA is thrilled to be throwing open the doors of the knight’s castle to support WA’s local independent arts community. You’re invited to explore, experiment and party with us across the two-week program as part of FRINGE WORLD 2021. With over 115 shows at your fingertips, there’s something for every FRINGE WORLD grand master or rookie! Visit the new portrait, play a round of chess or experience never-before-seen spaces with our immersive adventures. Our venue bars will be serving a fantastic range before and after each performance. Make it a whole ‘knight’ out!

The B-Plot Girls

What happens when a repressed housewife and the worst kind of feminist collide? Come for the chaotic bitch-fight, stay for the sarcastic commentary of gender, media, capitalism and Satanic rituals.

  • Dates:Jan 15-18, 20-31
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Girls School
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Ticket Price:$22
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Event Venue:Girls School
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Bridget is the perfect wife and mother with a dark secret she’ll kill to protect. Jen is a devoted journalist, determined to uncover whatever it is that Bridget is hiding. It’s a plot lifted straight out of a TV drama that’s been running for about three seasons too long. In fact, that’s exactly what it is. A musical comedy about what happens when a repressed housewife and the worst kind of feminist collide. Come for the chaotic bitch-fight, stay for the sarcastic commentary of gender, media, capitalism and Luciferian rituals. Will these two characters destroy each other? Will their actresses learn to get along? Will Jen and Bridget ever escape the B-Plots of their own lives? Tune in to find out.

Tod Talks

Comedy is often said to be subjective; in this interactive performance, audiences dictate the way the show is performed as comedians showcase improv comedy which reacts directly to the crowds whims.

  • Dates:Jan 15, 16, 17 & 21, 22
  • Time(s):Opens 7.30pm
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:State Theatre of WA
  • Ticket Price:$26
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Description

Audience members get to choose the topic for each presentation. The slides, however, are created in a dark closet filled with memes, cute animals and indecipherable graphs all aimed to stump the experts at every turn. TOD Talks returns to Fringe promising powerful power-point presentations with the most cunning linguists taking you down the strangest rabbit holes. 

YUCK Circus: DEADSET

WA Home-grown heroes YUCK are back with a fresh work for ya eyeballs.

  • Dates:Jan 15-17, 19-25, 27-31; Feb 2-7, 9-13
  • Time(s):8:00pm
  • Venue:Lotterywest De Parel Spiegeltent at the Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World Festival
  • Performing Arts:Circus,Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden

Description

Expect larrikin humour, high-flying acrobatics, and a ripper night of Circus, Comedy, and Cabaret. They're taking what they've got and running with it, thrilling audiences and sinking a few red cans on the way. Winners of FRINGE WORLD top-tier Martin Sims Award, Best Circus at both Melbourne and Sydney Fringe, and the Best Emerging Artist at Adelaide Fringe, get ready to witness a powerhouse of female circus performers kick art in the face. Get your cheeks on a seat, and get keen for a Deadset laugh.
'After watching YUCK Circus I was ready to draw on a moustache, climb a street pole and do a flip while sculling a beer.' - 5 STARS Weekend Notes


'Flight of the Conchords meets Cirque du Soleil' -5 STARS The Stage UK

Presented by:
Yuck Circus

YUCK is a West Aussie production company keen on championing the female voice across live performance. Onstage, behind the tech desk, in a creative or managing role; it’s all about getting femme-identifying individuals a hot go to show the world what they’ve got. Us at YUCK come from regional, remote, and isolated towns from all corners of Australia and are passionate about sharing our work and strengthening communities.

Our leading project is YUCK Circus; a 7-strong crew of acrobatic gals not just throwing around women’s issues, but literally throwing women. This show has toured Aus and Internationally, picking up dozens of awards, and thrilling thousands from the public along the way. With the success of this project, YUCK is now growing to produce new work, keep ya eyes out for it!

Best Show Ever - Fringe World Perth

Three of WA’s most awarded entertainers have combined their talents to bring you an explosive world premiere: BEST SHOW EVER!

  • Dates:Jan 16-25; 27-31; Feb 7 & 14
  • Time(s):3:15pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Magnus Danger Magnus, Morgan James, Pierre Ulric
  • Ticket Price:$17.50 to $25.00
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Don’t miss these marvelous madmen as they concoct, clown, and conjure up a not-to-be-missed, family-friendly spectacle that’s equal parts science, circus, and magic. It’s not just amazing, it’s the BEST SHOW EVER! FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Winner 2020 FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Winner 2019 ADELAIDE FRINGE Best Magic Weekly Winner 2019 FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Winner 2018 FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Nominee 2018 WA Magician of the Year 2003, 2005, 2018 (WA Society of Magicians) As seen on Penn & Teller: FOOL US 2020 Presented By: Magnus Danger Magnus, Morgan James, and Pierre Ulric, three of WA’s most awarded entertainers, have joined forces to create the family entertainment supergroup: BEST SHOW EVER.