MONDAYS - 8.30pm
The local taphouse
At 17 years, Local Laughs is the longest running weekly comedy room in Australia. With lineups lovingly hand-picked by Melbourne comedy doyen Janet A. McLeod, it is also the longest running comedy room with a sole booker in the world. Yes, this is impressive.
2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE ARCHIVE
31/07 - 26/08 (NOT 14)
UNDERBELLY GEORGE SQUARE - THE WEE COO
Two parts fever dream and one part personality quiz, Final Form examines the desperate lengths we go to in our eternal quest to be liked. Expect ghosts, a cello, 1950s sociologist Erving Goffman, and plenty of swearing. You'll love it.
WINNER Best Comedy weekly award Adelaide Fringe 2019.
★★★★'Honest, dark and wild'
£6.50 - £9
TWO LITTLE DICKHEADS
01/08 - 25/08 (NOT MONS)
JUST THE TONIC AT CHARTERIS CENTRE
Your favourite pyjama-wearing dickheads are back with a fresh explosion of idiocy. Clowning, sketch, improv, very silly magic, and really stupid dancing. KAPOW! is what happens when a cabaret clown and an improv master (with a shared passion for cats) spend waaaaaaay too much time together.
★★★★'Monty Python for the new century' WEEKEND NOTES
Pay What You Want
or reserve tix
01/08 - 25/08 (NOT 12)
JUST THE TONIC AT THE CAVES
Bart is a very funny comedian from Australian. This is his stand-up comedy show all about food.
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★★★★ ‘Almost every line is a joke, and the ones that aren’t provide crucial build-up' CHORTLE
★★★★’Turns ordinary tales into wonderful adventures’ ADELAIDE ADVERTISER
Pay What You Want or reserve tix
2018 EDINBURGH FRINGE ARCHIVE
AUG 1 - 26 (not 13)
Gilded Balloon (Teviot) - Wine Bar
Award-winning musical-comedy maverick Anya Anastasia brandishes her razor-sharp satirical wit, gleefully attacking and dismembering perils of the modern world.
The Executioners is digitally enhanced millennial neo-cabaret cutting right to the (funny) bone. And yes, there is a fight scene.
The lovechild of Kate Bush and Tim Minchin. - FEST MAG
Sharp, smart cabaret with bite ★★★★★ - ADELAIDE ADVERTISER
AUG 2 - 26 (not 13)
Heroes @ SpiegelYurt
Turbo-charged physical comedy kween Tessa Waters packs a non-stop rollercoaster ride of LOLs into one high-octane hour of sketch and improv. Heaps of fun and all audience interaction is consensual (hooray!)
Waters is incredibly funny ★★★★★
- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
A real force of nature... you are sure to leave on an elated high. - CHORTLE
The Movies In My Mind
AUG 1 - 27 (not 14)
Gilded Balloon (Teviot) - Balcony Room
Cabaret in CinemaScope! Drama, Mystery, Action, Horror – all in a heel and lash – this is a "drag" show like you've never experienced.
Cazeleon's voice is incredible!'★★★★★ - GLAMADELAIDE
A polished and self-actualised mix of theatre and cabaret that truly brands Cazeleon as a star ★★★★ - FEST MAG
Friday Feb 10th 2017, 7pm
RAW COMEDY heat - Courthouse Theatre, Fed Uni - SMB campus
WORLD SIDESHOW FESTIVAL 2015
Ballarat, you did it. The amazing World Sideshow Festival premiered at the Mechanic's Institute in Sturt Street and you came out in droves. Five massive shows featured world renowned sideshow performers such as The Lizard Man, Tiger Lil, the Space Cowboy, the Dirty Brothers, Captain Ruin and so, so many more. Keep your eyes peeled in 2017 because it will be back. You have been warned.
SCHEDULE - 2015
Thurs 21st May Grand Opening Party and Cabaret
Fri 22nd 7.30- The Syndicate
Fri 22nd 9.30 The League of Sideshow Superstars
Sat 23rd 4pm Sideshow workshop
Sat 23rd 5pm Sideshow banner exhibition
Sat 23rd World Record Attempt
Sat 23rd 7.30pm Not Dead Yet
Sat 23rd 9.30pm The Dark Party
Sat 23rd 11pm Closing Night Party
Congratulations to our winner
on the night - Daniel Adriaans.
He's gone through to the
2015 state finals in Melbourne.
LIVE ON LYDIARD
Comedy Cabaret night
aka Mad Dog Malcolm Cummings
WHEN: Thursday August 28th, doors open 8pm (8.30pm start)
WHERE: Courthouse Theatre (Fed Uni), Lydiard St Sth.
HOW MUCH: $5 (well, that IS cheap! Yes, it is)
TICKETS: At the door only - first come first served.
A BIT MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
HAP HAYWARD – By day, high school English teacher; by night, comedy superstar (our Master of Ceremonies).
“Hayward’s definitely a comic to watch." Chortle.co.uk
ELBOWSKIN – Clever lyrics, great singing and a sense of bonhomie so infectious you are guaranteed to have one of the best nights of your entire year. One of the best musical comedy acts in the country.
GERI MASI – Adelaide-based legend of the music scene, the effortlessly hilarious Geri (Devil's Cabaret /Lucifer's Lounge) presents his stand-up alter ego Mad Dog Malcolm Cummings. “A Sydney King’s Cross street fighter turned Cabaret Artiste after an encounter with the ghost of Peter Allen.” Adelaide Comedy
MIKELANGELO– He has the voice of a baritone angel, the wit of a young Peter Ustinov, the quiff of a 50s heartthrob, and the sartorial splendour of a king. He’ll be performing classic songs by Cave, Waits and Cohen. This really will be as amazing as it sounds.
Whoohoo! Ballarat's own Hap Hayward won the Victorian State Final of Raw Comedy and made it through to the national final on Sunday April 13th 2014 at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Great work, that fine Ballaratian.
Listen to Hap on ABC Local Radio HERE
Artwork by the talented Mr Peter Sparkman