Ben Stevenson – Ratbag
It’s common for parents to give their children adoring nicknames. Ben’s mum called him Ratbag.
Opening act for some of Australia’s greats (Tony Martin, Akmal, Tom Gleeson, Nazeem Hussain…) Ben’s disarming likable style has taken him all over the country performing comedy (except Perth, that’s a really long way).
Join Ben for an hour as he shares tales of the times he should have been arrested, the times he should have died and all the times in between that proved one thing.
Ben’s mum had a point.
Christian Elderfield – Happy Pom
Fresh outta lockdown brilliantly talented UK comedian Christian Elderfield is a Happy Pom coming to 2022 Newcastle Fringe with a brand new show!
As seen on Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House Channel 10, Britain’s Got Talent and winner of multiple comedy awards this is a laugh-out-loud performance from one of the best international acts in Australia! If you like quick fire jokes and hilarious stories this is the show for you! Catch him while you can folks!
“Fantastic, intimate slap-dash comedy” ★★★★½ Adelaide Advertiser
Come for Tea!
COME FOR TEA! A collection of real-life experiences and funny misunderstandings and situations one can experience when not familiar with slang, new culture, food experiences, and sayings that one never learns when studying English at school. This show will make you smile, giggle and laugh out loud about everyday situations.
CLASSIFICATION: PG tips!
Di Barkas – Oops: In The Age of Viagra
A very naughty lady there will be no dry knickers in the house! Hilarious Comedy, from a hopeful Lady in the age of Viagra. Beware, it can kill you with laughter.
Public choice for Raw comedy, Wollongong. Performing with the ‘Vault on the Road‘, run by Merrigong Theatre, including the Mittagong Theatre and the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
Critics: Monobrow Entertainment’s Martin Henchion: “Di is Fantastic, she has the audience in stitches“. Fairlie Hamilton ABC Radio, “The Biggest Laugh I’ve had all year“. Luke Bennet, Short and Sweet Comedy Festival “Amazing!”
Eddy Rockefeller – Wisdom Teeth
Returning from last year’s sold out run and multiple award nominations, Eddy Rockefeller is back with her next triumph Wisdom Teeth, a show about biting off more than you can chew, learning from it, then biting again. After fumbling her way through her twenties, Eddy Rockefeller is here to share the wisdom of her experiences in this one woman comedy spectacular! From confusion to clarity. From naïve girl to wise woman. From failed relationship to…failed relationship. Life has thrown a lot at this professional attention seeker and she’s learnt how to roll with the punch-lines. They say failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour, so get ready for one flavoursome, condiment soaked show! I hope you like mustard…
Failure to Launch
They perform funny songs and award-winning poetry but can they finally get their books off the ground? Robert Edmonds is a prize-winning poet and performer but Gravity Doesn’t Work is his first collection. Clark Gormley is a Writer/Singer/Comedian who’s written three albums worth of songs for Nerds & Music but his poetry collection Not What You Think deserves a bigger audience. See the show that won best comedy at 2021 Dubbo Fringe.
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CATEGORGY: Music, Comedy and Poetry
Marty Bright – Jokin’N Spoken
Join world touring comedian and poet, Marty Bright for an hour of whimsical silly stand up comedy, funky rhythmic rhymes and heartfelt husky vocals. Marty has performed across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, bringing his upbeat, unique hybrid style of performance to stages such as Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals, The Comedy Store (LA and Sydney) as well as the Adelaide and Sydney Fringes. Joining Marty for the evening will be some secret special guest performers of the Novocastrian Variety.
CATEGORY: Comedy and Poetry
Nerds & Music Do The Fringe
Nerds & Music consists of two word-nerds from the back sheds of Newcastle. A poetry-writing engineer and a font designer with misguided dreams of guitar stardom, their unique acoustic comedy is all about the words. Quirky and non-traditional, they provide philosophical insight into underrated song writing subjects such as British crime drama, recycling and the colour brown. Delivering satire coated in pleasing harmonies, audiences will be mildly bemused by their weirdness, witticisms, wordplay, alliteration, and use of the Oxford Comma. Warning: may contain traces of nerd.
CATEGORY: Music and Comedy
Maddie and Laura aren’t looking for anything serious. Just a crowd, maybe 20-or-so, to come and see their stand-up. It’s no big deal, it’ll only be an hour. Honestly it will be more like 50 minutes. The jokes are really good. No pressure though, its nothing serious. Unless… you want it to be?
Maddie Southall is a comedian, actor and screenwriter. Perth-born, she cut her teeth in the LA comedy scene, eventually performing regularly at the world famous Comedy Store and Flappers Comedy Club. With a Creative Writing degree from UCLA, Maddie returned to Sydney. When she’s not writing for television, she’s writing jokes. Catch her delighting audiences all around Australia with her unique brand of intelligent, whimsical comedy.
Described by her peers as “a killer”, “super funny” and “that chick who bought me a beer once”, Laura Coleman was a 2020 Raw Comedy state finalist. Laura has been seen at such illustrious venues as the Comedy Lounge, Powerbomb Comedy and Dirty Thunder comedy nights.
Robyn Reynolds – Mermaid
Join Robyn Reynolds (UK) for hilarious “fish out of water” debut show! Much like Ariel, Robyn has a fantastic set of norks and her bottom is covered in scales. Expect a rough and ready hour of comedy, filled with relatable moments and Bridget Jones level of personal embarrassment. BOOK TICKETS NOW!
NOMINATED: Best Comedy at Sydney Fringe 2019. “Clearly talented in the structure and timing of comedy, it’s not hard to see why she’s a fast-rising comic in the Sydney scene.” – Theatre Travels
Enormous technical changes over the last thirty years, and of course COVID, pushes our elderly performer to the limits of sanity, so he calls upon his friends from other parts of the world, who bring a wealth of talent which they try to communicate through today’s technology. Their seemingly inept attempts hopefully achieve a surprisingly hilarious result.
CATEGORY: Experimental Theatre and Comedy
Spooky Men’s Chorale
MEN, SINGING SONGS. SOME OF THEM ARE FUNNY.
The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.
CATEGORY: Music, Choir and Comedy
Sydney The Folk Musical
This extravaganza, spanning 10,000 years and 658 suburbs, featuring a live folk band and a Greek chorus, will be performed by a cast full of Morris dancers (from Sydney of course) and filled with songs penned by Clark Gormley.
CATEGORY: Music, Poetry, Dance and Comedy
Tinder Cindy is a fusion of art forms. Not only is it a one-woman show, but it is also a funny dancing-storytelling-bundle of dating reality.
Cindy’s in a crisis – rolling dolmades with one hand while desperately swiping right with the other. After backpacking around the world she’s back home with no money, no boyfriend – and she’s living with her Yiayia (Greek grandmother). Yiayia has a thing or two to teach Cindy about dating!
It is “beautiful not, just hilarious“.
CATEGORY: Comedy, Theatre and Spoken Word
Triple Treat Comedy
Three of the best and most versatile comedians in the country, with over 100 years combined experience in stand-up comedy, come together for one huge night of guaranteed nonstop laughter at Lizottes on Saturday 19th March in Triple Treat Comedy. Guided by host Darren Sanders, Tommy Dean (regularly heard on ABC Radio’s TGIF) and Peter Berner (Backberner, The Einstein Factor) will bring their distinctive styles of comedy to a night of side-splitting hilarity.
Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell – Teardrops on my Dildo
Taking a break from her literary project, 50 First Dates, aptly renamed Teardrops on my Dildo, Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell is a cannonball of confidence and a firing squad of laughter on stage. From parenting, dating and all things female, if you shouldn’t say it in public, you can guarantee she will.
When Shakespeare Met Shakespeare
When Shakespeare Met Shakespeare pits four Shakespeare conspiracies against one another in a hapless bid to find the truth. The unfortunate subjects of these tired theories will test each other’s wit and patience in a playwriting contest in which only the audience will survive.
CATEGORY: Theatre and Comedy
CLASSIFICATION: YA, PG
The Whole “She” Bang
A showcase of the best established and emerging women comedians in NSW! Join us for an amazing night femme forward comedy. If you can’t decide which show to go to, why not sample some of the funniest acts around?
50% of all profits will be donated to Jenny’s Place, a non-profit organisation helping women in crisis. By coming to this show, you not only support women in comedy, but women in need. Thank you.
Zoe Rogers – Chemistry: The Human Condition
CHEMISTRY. So many connotations – high school, sexual tension, your anti-depressants, romance, the ozone layer, neurotransmitters, toxic fire-fighting foams and of course Eshays and the good times.
Zoe is a mostly self-taught Chemistry enthusiast who happens to (still) hold a legitimate job as a government scientist, keeping track of chemicals all over the place, including your drug use signatures in sewage and how much humans really are f**king up the planet in all sorts of ways you haven’t even contemplated.
At 3am she’ll be up reading medical journals for the latest on clinical trials of microdosing AND macrodosing psychedelic drugs, or absorbing new discoveries across the neurodiverse multiverse. She’ll share her stories of experiments, old and new, legal and otherwise. Laughter is the best form of dopamine to be had in public, so come along one night and have a learn while you’re about it.
CATEGORY: Comedy and Spoken Word