I’m no psychic, but I know you’re busy:* You have a job, fairly massive debts and maybe even kids. I also know that Canberra is about to welcome the best ever line up of comedians ever in March 2016 and you will feel better about everything if you go see some of the creative genius on offer.
I may rave here – not just because I created my Last Will and Testament today – but also because I truly believe that too many Canberrans are sitting on the couch, getting fat and living like they’re dead when in fact they still have a pulse and the ability to catch the bus to the city, watch comedy and laugh like the hot 23-year-old they still are inside.
I say this not just because I have a show called Match Fit with the endearingly hilarious misfit Greg Kimball, but because it is also true.
Who cares what I think – but when has that stopped anyone when they have their own website (on lease for two years from some Melbourne IT company)?
In addition to Kitty Flanagan and Dave Thornton (whom you should know already), here are some comedians you might not have heard of and reasons why you should see their shows (in no particular order):
David O’Doherty because he is the first comedian to ever respond to an email when I was one week into comedy seeking advice and he said: “Do what you think is funny, not what other comedians think is funny”. Words to live by but also – an insight into his original, quirky personality on stage. His songs are ridiculous, without rhyme, timing or beautiful vocals – but they are perfect and so is he.
Luke Heggie Don’t laugh too loud or long, because he keeps being funny and you’ll miss bits. Heggie rips into bullies, n’er-do-wells, the nouveau riche and idiots and I for one am grateful someone more articulate, incisive and hilarious can represent my own thoughts on this matter better than I can.
Tom Gibson is a force of nature who relentlessly attacks you with observational humour on par with the very top tier of international comedy. He rarely puts on a festival show so don’t miss this chance to see one of my favourite comedians on the earth.
Anne Edmonds won the comedian’s comedian award (Block of Wood) at MICF this year for good reason. She is without pretence, her show at MICF was start-to-finish gut laughs and she is everything you want from comedy: disarmingly funny, smart, loveable and twisted.
Katie Burch was runner up in the national comedy competition RAW Comedy in 2014 and I love her deadpan, sharp and fast jokes. She knows what she’s doing, she’s unafraid and she’s very, very funny.
Locals that have made me laugh and deserve your coin include:
Go on. Get out and support some original, live, Australian (and international) comedy right here in Canberra. You’ll be better for it.
All shows are here: http://canberracomedyfestival.com.au/shows/
*I’m also insecure about when to use a semi colon, rather than a colon.