Perth International Comedy Festival returns on 22 April for four weeks of mayhem and mirth.
While there's a range of comedic styles planned across five venues, good old standup comedy remains the popular mainstay. The comedians introduced here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to.
Key Events & Venues
First, a mention for three huge events you mustn't miss: Perth Comedy Festival Gala on 1 and 8 May at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco; Perth Comedy Festival Showcase on 2 May at Rock Rover, Fremantle; and The Biggest Comedy Show on Earth, running 3-4 and 10-11 May at the Comedy Lounge, Perth.
Perth Comedy Festival Gala nights present a lineup of some of the best established and emerging comedy acts from Australia and around the world, in Subiaco's charming art deco Regal Theatre.
Perth Comedy Festival Showcase brings the same experience to Fremantle's Rock Rover. This very Freo live music venue is a joint venture between Perth Cool Nights, South Fremantle Football Club and the owners of Mojo's, amongst others.
The Biggest Comedy Show on Earth is fast-paced, stringing together short sets from a long lineup of comedians. The Comedy Lounge is built for laughs. Seriously, it was designed specifically for comedy performance.
The other Comedy Festival venues are the State Theatre Centre of WA and the Astor Theatre - two very different spaces. The modern State Theatre Centre in Northbridge opened in 2011 and houses the Heath Ledger Theatre and the more intimate Studio Underground.
The Astor Theatre in Mount Lawley is a totally different experience. Built in 1914/15, the theatre has gone through various iterations while retaining its comfortable, old-style feel, an ideal spot for standup comedy in Perth.
The Perth International Comedy Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy some of the world's most talented comedians while experiencing these performance spaces. From the many acts appearing at the Festival this year, here are some of the highlights.
24 April, Comedy Lounge
Indian stand-up comedy comes to Perth in the shape of Kanan Gill, who carries a huge social media following in his wake. This ex software engineer has found his calling - a unique perspective that leaves nothing sacred. This will be his first Perth comedy show, and no doubt he'll have something to say about that too.
3-4 May, State Theatre Centre
Scottish comedian Craig Hill has been a performer since he was ten, and in drama school it turned out he had a gift for improvisation and being funny. Since then he's won the hearts of audiences at practically every comedy festival you can think of. Look forward to a good belly laugh when this piece of standup comedy talent comes to Perth.
3-4 May, Astor Theatre
Discovered by BBC New Talent in 2005, very pommie Jimmy McGhie has a gift for seeing the funny side of English vs Australian ways, generational quirks and his own tendency to get left behind. Rave reviews from the Edinburgh Festival are testament to his talent in standup comedy. Perth is sure to love him.
3-4 May, State Theatre Centre
Perth Comedy Festival audiences will already know Tommy Little from his involvement with The Project, especially the heart-warming hilarity he conjured up over tea with seniors. Tommy loves to spin a tale, and having recently returned from running in the Antarctic Ice Marathon, he'll have plenty to talk about.
4 May, Regal Theatre
You will warm to the boy-next-door innocence of Daniel Sloss within seconds, but don't be fooled. His act deals with the challenges of life with worldly wit, winning him awards and international status for his seamlessly performed standup comedy act. Perth has done well to put him on stage for a night. Don't miss it!
4 May, Regal Theatre
Nazeem Hussain will be a familiar face to many, probably from his TV comedy shows Legally Brown and Orange Is the new Brown. Nazeem leaves racism standing by turning it into a laugh a minute, the best way to deal with a bully, remembering to send himself up too. A sell-out out around the world, check out his standup comedy style in Perth to see what all the fuss is about.
9-11 May, Regal Theatre
British comedian Alice Fraser has an adorable tendency to over-think. An ex New York lawyer with degrees from Sydney and Cambridge, she now applies her sharp intellect to slicing into human nature and pulling out the ridiculous. Alice has quite a following in the UK and won a standing ovation at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This year, she hilariously analyses the lies we tell ourselves.
10 May, Astor Theatre
Popular Australian comedian Akmal once again brings his easygoing standup comedy to Perth. Audiences quickly warm to his incisive observations on the weird ways of humans, especially the Australian kind, delivered with natural humour. In his Perth show, he will ask the audience if he can achieve the seemingly impossible, and then let you watch him try!
10-11 May, Comedy Lounge
Cal Wilson, well known in standup comedy, brings Perth her hilariously anxious stream of consciousness, never missing a beat in gently poking fun - mostly at herself. Some of the best humour comes from asking that extra question - why? It leads into the ludicrous quirks of human behaviour and what lies behind it. Cal has a talent for telling it like it is ... and some.
17-18 May, Regal Theatre
Indigenous standup comedy in Perth is still rare, so Craig Quartermaine is close to getting the market cornered. This young comedian's career has taken off since reaching the finals of Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy competition in 2018, mainly thanks to footage of his show going viral. Craig sails close to the wind with his honest commentary on race and politics, in such a gentle way that you'll be laughing in spite of yourself.