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A Quick Chat with our Artists

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With less than week to go, we had a quick chat with a few of our local artists. See what they had to say about their shows below, and be sure to check out their shows!

Alice Fraser – Check out her show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

Humanity, anger and paper towels.

How did you get into comedy?

Just tripped one day and fell out of corporate law and into a comedy club.

What is your career highlight so far?

Debating against Julian Assange at Splendour in The Grass

What do you like about the Canberra Comedy Festival?

Sweet crowds, lovely people, lots of roundabouts

Are you excited to see any other shows?

All of them!

 

Daniel Townes – Check out his show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

It’s very funny.

How did you get into comedy?

I was at a comedy show with a mate from school and halfway through the show he said “you could do that.” I put it off for 2 years and eventually got the courage to give it a go.

What is your career highlight so far?

Getting to travel the world and perform in places I wouldn’t usually consider going.

What do you like about the Canberra Comedy Festival?

The high calibre of shows, and the fact I can drive home afterwards and there’s no need to stay in a hotel.

Are you excited to see any other shows?

Yes. Nazeem Hussein is on fire at the moment, so is Rhys Nicholson, so is Luke Heggie.

 

Luke Heggie  – Check out his show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

Dickheads I met one time at a barbecue

How did you get into comedy?

I just did.

What is your career highlight so far?

Supporting Stephen Merchant at the Opera House

What do you like about the Canberra Comedy Festival?

Audiences are great, and happily take a punt on unknown artists, like me.

Are you excited to see any other shows?

Yes! Sean Woodland, Daniel Connell, John Safran, and Urzila Carlson.

 

Sophie Rutzou – Check out her show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

It’s about my life taking an unexpected turn, figuring out where to from here and finding out that when the chips are down, I hoard food.

How did you get into comedy?

I found out about an open mic night through the “Stand-up Comedy in Canberra” Facebook page and after much angst, decided to write 5 minutes of questionable material and give it a go.

What is your career highlight so far?

I did a memorable gig at a fundraiser for the Freemasons after some Brazilian dancers shimmied around in very little clothing.

What do you like about the Canberra Comedy Festival?

The Festival Club is always a highlight, it’s got such a great atmosphere.

Are you excited to see any other shows?

Sammy J and Randy are always brilliant but I’m really keen to check out local acts like Sparrow-Folk and the Bensley brothers too.

 

Harris Stuckey – Check out his show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

An exploration of comedy, jokes, sounds and comedic joke sounds… It’s a stand up show with Jazz and a bar.

How did you get into comedy?

When I found out you’re allowed to just get up and say things for free.

What is your career highlight so far?

Opening for Lawrence Mooney at Canberra Theatre Playhouse?.

Are you excited to see any other shows??

Josh and Riley, Danny and Andrew Bensley, Chris Endrey, Breaking Bad, House of Cards.

 

Josh Glass – Check out his show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show.

Two young men simply trying their best, also Tiger Labyrinth.

How did you get into comedy?

Our band failed, we aren’t pretty enough to be actors and not hip enough to be street artists.

What is your career highlight so far?

Doing a guest spot on triple j breakfast the day the Hindenburg exploded.

Are you Excited to see any other shows?

The Bensleys, Harris Stuckey, Alice Fraser and Monk with Tony Shaloub.

 

Chris Endrey – Check out his show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

The defining work of beauty of our times. But also funny. But also, it’s quite cheap. But also, tipping will be encouraged. 

How did you get into comedy?

I’m into politics but don’t like most of the people. I’m into art but don’t like most of the people. I’m into comedy but I don’t like most of the people. To be honest I have no idea.

What is your career highlight so far?

Wayne Swan was at a show the other night where I had a lot of anti-Government commentary. I’m expecting an offer from his office any minute now.

What do you like about the Canberra Comedy Festival?

It’s the best comedy festival that’s a short cycle from my house.

Are you excited to see any other shows?

Yeah heaps, but in particular I like Luke Heggie. If you’re reading this, you should see him.

 

Ellen Briggs – Check out her show here

In one sentence, tell us about your show?

Dark Side of The Womb is about having a laugh at the things we are supposed to take seriously like parenting, marriage, ageing and just every day life!

How did you get into comedy?

I was just a bored housewife and wanted to get out of the house.

What is your career highlight so far?

I recently hosted a show for 2000 people and introduced the likes of comedy legends like Pete Rosethorn. That was pretty cool!

What do you like about the Canberra Comedy Festival?

I’m a born and bred Canberra girl so coming home to do my show is really special. I also get to go The Vietnamese Village at the Page Shops. What more could you want?

Are you excited to see any other shows?

I think Rhys Nicholson and Nick Cody are two of the biggest talents in this country so I will definitely be seeing them if I can.