As the laughter subsides in the nation’s capital, the Canberra Comedy Festival has wrapped up for another year, but only after hosting the largest week of comedy that Canberra had ever seen.
Celebrating its fifth year, the 2017 Canberra Comedy Festival attracted over 60 shows over 7 days, providing a comedy smorgasbord of the best International, Australian and local comedians. And Canberrans proved their taste for comedy, with a record breaking 13,500 punters attending shows across the week (up 25% from the previous year), and with the entire festival running at over 92% capacity, and with over 80% of the shows completely selling out.
Festival highlights included; local champion Andrew Bensley winning a place in the RAW Comedy National Final as a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, festival favourites Stephen K Amos and Jimeoin returning with 2 completely sold out shows, Dave Hughes performing a stunning debut at the festival, fresh from winning Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Hannah Gadsby performed her show Nanette to much acclaim, a thriving Late Night Festival Club which attracted punters and comedians alike and reached capacity within minutes on Friday and Saturday nights, and the addition of The Street Theatre to our program with a week of sold out shows.
After celebrating a huge fifth birthday, the Canberra Comedy Festival is now a fixture on the ACT Events calendar and will be back in 2018 – bigger and better than ever.