Live comedy returns to Australian stages



Urzila Carlson has become a mainstay of comedy and television in Australia.

URZILA CARLSON, Melbourne Town Hall, March 31 – April 24

The South African actress Urzila Carlson is surely now an honorary Australian. After several sold-out seasons at the Melbourne Comedy Festival (winning the People’s Choice Award 2019 for most tickets sold), she has become a mainstay of Ten’s. Did you pay attention? and was a panel member on The masked singer for the last two seasons. Now she’s back with her new show It’s personal, in which she reflects on how to balance a world in which we’re told we can’t comment on other people’s affairs, but we’re also encouraged to share too much on social media.

ROSS NOBLE, Athenaeum Theater, March 30 – April 24

In addition to this season at the Athenaeum for the Comedy Festival, Noble will present his new show, Ready to go, to a series of suburban and regional sites around Victoria. Born in Britain, Noble, who lives in Australia, is a master of improvisation and wacky stories that take tangential turns, and you’ll likely see two very different shows on different nights. Unsurprisingly, he gave no indication of what to expect in Ready to go.

Alan Cumming's tour will finally take place a year after his planning.

Alan Cumming’s tour will finally take place a year after his planning.

CELESTE BARBER, Hamer Hall, May 28

Best known for her #challengeaccepted Instagram videos, in which she parodies photos of models and celebrities in ridiculous poses, Barber is also a comedian, author and podcaster. In Thanks very much, she promises to explore everything from sex toys to her devastation when invited to Coachella the same year she was canceled.

ALAN CUMMING, Théâtre du Palais, June 14

The acclaimed live show from Scottish-American cabaret and comedy legend Alan Cumming Alan Cumming Doesn’t Play His Age was originally scheduled for July of last year, right after his stint as artistic director of the Adelaide Comedy Festival. Cumming had arrived in Melbourne the day before his show started – the same day the city was again in lockdown. Patient fans will be rewarded with a mix of famous ballads, original songs and personal anecdotes.

Hannah Gadsby returns with her new live show, <i>Body of Work</i>.

Hannah Gadsby returns with her new live show, Body of work.

JIM JEFFERIES, Salle Plénière, July 4 (two shows)

Expatriate comedian Jim Jefferies is returning to Australia for the first time in three years, during which time he became a television presenter in the United States, hosting his satirical news program and one of the most popular comedians. most sold in the world. Fans will be delighted to know that he is still likely to offend at least a third of the audience.

HANNAH GADSBY – Hamer Hall, August 26 – September 11

After the incredible success of Nanette and its follow-up Douglas, Hannah Gadsby returns with a new show she describes as “a love story” that she promises will be funnier than her last two. In Body of work she discusses the new ground of finding herself happily married (to her Nanette producer Jenney Shamash), about her parents’ meeting with Shamash and the absurdity of the wedding industry.

BILL BAILEY, Théâtre du Palais, 20-22 October

Another regular forced to postpone his 2021 tour, Bill Bailey’s new show is called On the way to normal, having found the title before the pandemic. Bailey ponders the big questions: how did we get here, how do we find our way, and who are we again? – in its confused style with a mix of personal anecdotes, songs and stories about Polynesian snails.

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