2017's Biggest Laughs
Comedy festivals around this mighty fine country are bracing for the arrival of five highly acclaimed jokers, presented by Live Nation: JASON BYRNE, NAZEEM HUSSAIN, JOEL CREASEY, DES BISHOP and URZILA CARLSON. While Australia's funniest lady JULIA MORRIS hits the road once more with a brand new show in May.
JASON BYRNE - Propped Up
Jason Byrne is Propped Up is a brand new show from the very experienced, very funny, very highly acclaimed, very absolutely trouser wetting, very can’t watch much more as I think I’m going to die comedian. Jason brings back his warmth and generous stagecraft with even more props and silly humour. On his last Australian tour he re-introduced his prop comedy mixed with his stand up and audience participation. THEY LOVED IT. They wanted more silly props… More giant ducks, more rubber hands, owls, big wooden pegs and amazing magic stunts. Bring your mates and family for a guaranteed laugh. You might even get a glimpse of a mouse with a moustache.
“Unmissable” – Evening Standard, UK
Performing at Brisbane, Melbourne International, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals this March – April. Tour details: http://lvna.co/JasonByrneOz
NAZEEM HUSSAIN – Public Frenemy
Nazeem Hussain has a love/not-so-love relationship with Australia that is fraught with mistrust. And given the state of the world, the feeling’s mutual. Public Frenemy is the latest show to come from one of the most in demand TV and radio personalities in Australia. Hussain has now made his American TV debut as an official correspondent for the new Netflix program Bill Nye Saves the World. After selling out tours around the world in 2015 and 2016 Hussain capped off last year at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a sell out debut solo show.
“One of the most solid hours of comedy you’ll find at this year’s festival” **** – Herald Sun
Performing at Melbourne International and Sydney Comedy Festivals, Brisbane and Perth this April – May. Tour details: http://lvna.co/NazTour
JOEL CREASEY – Poser
In 2016, Joel’s show The Crown Prince sold out around Australia adding extra shows everywhere he went. He then went on to play packed houses in New York, Montreal and Los Angeles as well as whoring himself across Australian TV screens from comedy galas, panel shows, celebrity interviews and even the depths of the African jungle. Make sure you book early to see this immeasurable, unstoppable comedic force - these shows will sell out.
★★★★★ “One of Australia’s funniest stand-ups.” – The West Australian
Performing at Perth, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals this February – June. Tour details: http://lvna.co/JoelCreasey
DES BISHOP – Grey Matters
One of Ireland’s most successful comedians returns to Australia with a show about getting older. Shocked by turning 40, Des has caught himself saying things like 'in my day’. Not married and without kids, Des thoroughly enjoys being the backseat parent amongst his friends. This show sees Des tackle the issues confronting him these days: modern day parenting, why he’s glad he’s not a teenager nowadays, erectile dysfunction, would you kill Hitler as a baby and why Des was inspired by his niece to end period shaming. It’s straight stand-up at its best.
“Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered.” – The Scotsman, UK
Performing at Melbourne International, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals this April – May. Tour Details: http://lvna.co/DesBish
URZILA CARLSON – Unacceptable
When did it became unacceptable to like meat and impossible to process gluten? And why isn’t it okay to call people out when they’re being assholes? You don’t need to like the latest hipster indie banjo band just because everyone’s saying you do. It’s okay to think they’re shit. You’re not alone.
A regular face on Australian television, appearing on shows such as Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Great Debate and The Oxfam Gala. After five sold out seasons, South African/NZ Comedian Urzila Carlson makes her Festival return to a city near you with her new show Unacceptable!
“Effortlessly likeable... stream of belly-laughs” – The Age
Performing at Melbourne International, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals this April – May. Tour Details:http://lvna.co/UrzilaOz
JULIA MORRIS - Lift and Separate
After a year off touring, Julia Morris returns with her brand new one woman show, ‘Lift and Separate’.
As a woman in her extreme 30’s, Julia will deliver her signature full-tilt, high-octane stand up storytelling, leading directly to what Julia calls ‘hurty tummy laughter’. It’s trying to make sense of day-to-day life while trying to actually Lift and Separate.
Touring nationally May 2017. Tour details: http://lvna.co/juliamorris