Bris Funny Fest is back!

Bris Funny Fest is back for 2017! Filling a handful of venues with uproarious laughs and way more beer than you could reasonably poke a stick at, this comedy festival promises to tickle every funny bone you could possibly find. Kick back and let the comedy pros take you for an absolutely hilarious ride. These venues are all 18+ so don’t bring the kidlets. Besides, there’ll be naughty words and scary existentialism.

August 1, 2, 7, 8 at 8pm | Masculinity is a Prison – The Milk Factory

The Milk Factory Kitchen and Bar

Watch out for these entitled scumbags, jumping the queue to the front of the Funny Fest. Adam, Ben, Daniel and James debut their sketch and stand-up show as a tale of redemption to atone for the sins as men. Stats suggest there’s a high chance one of these guys will randomly commit career suicide on stage. Don’t miss out!

$15 tickets here or at the door.

August 2, 9, 16 at 7pm | Double Shot Impro – The Bearded Lady

Wednesday’s hump day. You need a laugh – and make it a double. Join ImproMafia at 7pm every Wednesday during the Fest for two halves of free improv comedy. Classic Australian Theatresports in the first half, King of the Impro Hill in the second. Vote for the best with your laughs.

This one’s a freebie.

August 2 at 7.30pm | Bris Funny Fest opening show – Heya Bar

Formally kick off the Bris Funny Fest with this great night of free open mic comedy featuring acts from all over the festival. Kicks off at 7.30.

Free – you’re welcome.

August 2 at 7pm | Budding Comics – The Junk Bar

Like a newly formed clower, these Budding Comics are blossoming into exciting new comedy performers. They’ve been around a little while now but Tracey Pelling, Nick Carr, Kaychu Simon, Marcus Davis, Claire Morrissey and Adam O’Sullivan are still new enough their families come to see them perform.

Sold out unfortunately! (But we won’t apologise for awareness.)

August 3 at 6.45pm | Swimming the Seas of Failure – Heya Bar


Canadian Jasmine Fairbairn is a mom and she doesn’t care how you spell it. If you’re a mum*, married to a mum*, or have a mum* you’ll probably want to hear her complaining about being a mum*.

*I am aware that we’re in Australia so I’ve spelled this correctly but surely you can import whoop-ass upon those who’ve wronged you across the North American border. Let’s find out.

$15 tickets here or at the door.

August 3 – 5 at 7.30pm | The August Gentleman-tal presents – Holy Moly Espresso


Join Marcus Davis, Jonny Haselam and Brad McDonald as they explore life, relationships, the universe and their minds to escape the humdrum life outside. Just some casual comedy introspection in a night of weird stand up, sketch comedy and music.

$15 tickets here or at the door.

August 3 | Matt Okine 8pm, 9pm – Heya Bar

Matt Okine

Matt Okine returns to his home town for two intimate shows only. Some old, some new, some you might have heard on the radio before because surely he has to make all that time on Triple J count for something other than legionnaires hats.

$23 tickets here.

August 4 at 7pm | High Class Variety Show – The Bearded Lady

An odd amalgamation of white-hot talent curated for a night of weirdo entertainment for a High Class Variety Show. Featuring Orlando Furious, Ashwin Segkar, GNIGHTZ, Grace Jarvis, The Gametes and Geordie McGrath.

$10 tickets here.

August 4, 11, 18 at 7.30 | Big Fork Fridays – Hands on Art and Substation


Launching in the 2017 Bris Funny Fest, it’s comedy like you’ve never seen it before as Big Fork Theatre’s crack team of comedians and improvisers guarantee a brand new night of comedy every Friday night, direct from the old Paddington Substation.

$10 tickets here, limited tickets on the door.

August 4 – 20 at 8pm | Keith on Fire – Five Sisters Art House Café


This is a comedy show about how and why Keith Cheng came into the possession of a burned face. If you think being an immigrant is hard, try being an immigrant with a burned face. If you’re an ethnic autistic individual with a face on fire 24/7, you’ll be triggered at some point during this show. But they’ll also let you and your friends (if you have them) in for free.

$15 tickets here.

August 5 at 8pm | Best of the Fest Standup Comedy – The Brat Cave

Come see six of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming comedians in this jam-packed show for only $10! Featuring Marcus Thorpe, Richie Goodacre, Red Simbulan, Ting Lim and Jasmine Fairbairn hosted by Michael Connell. (For the unfamiliar, these are all great names, get along.)

$10 tickets here.

August 6, 13 at 7pm | The Truth About Jack Gramenz – Heya Bar


The eponymous Jack Gramenz will take you on a crazy cab ride through a minefield of topics... provided you’re willing to come along on the journey, that is. (No killjoys please.) Please dress appropriately in removable layers: this show contains extremely hot takes.

Single entry for $12 and double passes (perfect for dates) for $20.

August 6, 13, 20 at 7.30pm | Crikey Bro – Sassafras Canteen

Marty’s one of the few remaining true blue laconic Aussie blokes and Aaron looks like your stereotypical oversized Kiwi Bro. Together, they’re teaming up to deliver one hour of stand up, sketches and music. Don’t miss this one of a kind comedy show.

$20 tickets, cash only, available at the door.

August 6 at 6pm | Sarah Young: The Purge – Heya Bar

A new hour of free stand-up comedy from award-winning writer, comedian and amateur detective, Sarah Young, supported by Stephanie Tisdell.  You have been trigger-warned.

August 6 at 8pm | Dani Cabs is Poncho Orange – Heya Bar


Part Latin-lover, part human pleasure-machine, Poncho Orange is on an eternal quest for belonging. The good kind of belonging, if you know what I mean? Poncho Orange is a wild mix of clowning, dancing and physical comedy. Flowing through the audience with his hypnotic and sensual moves, Dani Cabs delicately and innocently leads us on an unforgettable tale of passion, desire and pure silliness.

$20 adult tickets, $15 concessions.

August 7 at 7pm | Full Disclosure – The Menagerie

Technically not just a Bris Funny Fest show, but taking opportunity (classic) of the festival to leverage a new monthly show, Full Disclosure loses itself in the description of the show through that link above. Sam Bowden, Michelle Azevedo, Ting Lim, Joel Spargo, Joel Batham, Jordan Kadell, Joseph Rasmus and Red Simbulan are hosted by Ryan Sim.

This one’s free but buy some drinks to support the bar.

August 7 at 6pm | Lauren Randall: Not Here To Make Friends – SBC


Lauren was booked to do a show with a friend, but then got a different venue and she was too attached to SBC to let it go. So she decided to “grow a pair” and just blunder her way through a show to get it over with for the first time. We’ve all been there.

Tickets are $15.

August 7 at 7.30pm | Andy Thompson: Dean’s Revenge – SBC


It’s amazing how much of the world you can see when you’re driving at 100 kilometres an hour with a pie in your hand and Andy Thompson has seen a lot of Australia and eaten more than the odd pie. Dean’s Revenge is a collection of stories, anecdotes and musings from Andy’s life on the road with observations garnered while living out of a rental car in the middle of nowhere.

$10 tickets are sold out, sadly, but the listing stays because FOMO’s real.

August 7 at 9pm | Little Simon & Big Garfunkel – SBC

Little Simon & Big Garfunkel are an Australian comedy duo consisting of comedian/writer David Woodhead and comedian James McKenzie. Their biggest hits – including “Punching A Kid” (2015), “Singing Cher Through a Fan” (2017) and “Smoking Meth At A Bush Party” (2015)” – reached number one jokes in the Brisbane comedy scene.

$10 tickets here.

August 8 at 6pm | Release the Bees – SBC

Magic is everywhere: in a sunset, in the laughter of a child, in a poorly publicized $5 comedy show featuring David McNevin and Jared Smit. David was a 2015 RAW National Finalist and sold out Brisbane Funny Fest and Sydney Fringe Festival shows while Jared has written for The Betoota Advocate and performed at the Brisbane Comedy Festival’s After Hours show.

$5 tickets on the door, and the kitchen’s open because the show starts at 6pm.

August 8, 10 at 7pm | Mike Goldstein: A Jerk in Progress – Heya Bar


Originally from America, Mike Goldstein’s done it all. A long-time favourite on the Australian scene both for his brilliant comedy and easy-going personality which saw him win Melbourne’s Spleen Comedy Comic of the Year 2016, A Jerk In Progress is a combination of Mike’s rapid fire jokes and new material.

$16.50 tickets here.

August 8 at 7.30pm | 60 Minutes of Funny – SBC


60 Minutes of Funny is exactly as it sounds: an hour of the trio’s best material. So strap in for a night of their funniest jokes, most outrageous gags, truly embarrassing tales and amazing stories that will keep you in stitches for the entire show. A professional comedian and two rising comedy stars walk into a bar… the rest is history!

Tickets $10 here or on the door.

August 8 at 8pm | Am I Right, Ladies? hosted by Ellen Briggs – Heya Bar


This Bris Funny Fest, Heya welcomes a great wave of funny women to the stage for two nights of comedy that are less doll face, more droll face. Jasmine Fairbairn headlines a show supported by Ting Lim, Michelle Azevedo, Grace Jarvis, Lauren Randall, Jordan Kadell and Erin Michelle – all of them hosted this week by Ellen Briggs.

$15 tickets here or on the door.

August 8, 9, 10 at 9pm | Nick Capper Quantum Bad Boy – Heya Bar


King of stupidity Nick Capper brings a new comedy show to Brisbane. Nick’s done comedy all over Australia with all the comedy greats for the last 9 years. This show, his follow-up to Chrome Doggie, is trying to be about science but it might not be. It does have a bit about sex robots though.

$20.50 tickets here.

August 9 at 6.30pm | Brat Cave Comedy – The Brat Cave

This one’s not a Funny Fest exclusive, but the festival will make it feel more special. Come on down to the Brat Cave Comedy show to enjoy a brat, some beers and plenty of laughter for the glorious price of free! Show starts at 6.30pm.

August 9 at 7pm | Shucks! At the Junk Bar

Misinterpreting attention for affection never felt so good. With special guest Jon Henzell on jazz guitar, Jordan Kadell debuts her first standup comedy show concealed by as much storytelling and interpretive dance as The Junk Bar’s intimate space will allow.

$9.50 tickets are sold out but we’re committing to this shtick.

August 10 – 17 at 7pm | Get In The Cupboard! – Can You Keep A Secret?


Everybody at some point in their lives talks about getting in the cupboard. But then comes the excuses: “I’ll do it later”, “My tea just boiled”, “I’m not ready!” Who’s brave enough to walk the walk (into the cupboard)? Taylor Edwards and Rosa Sottile are.

Tickets $15 from here.

August 10, 17 at 8pm | Keytar-ed & Feathered – Heya Bar


Two comics, sketch, karaoke, music, high tech machinery. They may not go together but somehow they do. Keytar-ed and Feathered is a mind-trip that’s not quite the normal stand-up. Together, Glenn and Andrew are bringing their talents to the Funny Fest. There will be jokes, music, virtual reality, horror karaoke stories and much more.

$15 tickets here.

August 11, 13 at 7.30pm | Boys Country – The Retro Bar

Two country boys brave Bris-Vegas to offer a countrified comedic occasion. A bit rough around the edges and not a high polished metropolitan masterpiece, Boys Country is a combination of the serenade of Nick’s singing and the hypnosis of Doony’s drawl. You’ll chuckle, giggle and laugh as they jest and quip like the crack of a whip.

Free tickets but still book.

August 11, 13 at 7.30pm | Two Steps From Fame – Archway Bar

Joseph Rasmus is on a global quest to achieve comedic fame. And the next step on this quest will be this Bris Funny Fest! This August, he’ll be recording his brand new hour stand up special, Two Steps From Fame. The Archway Bar’s putting on a Two Hour Drinks package that kicks off an hour before each of the shows.

$21.50 for tickets, $42.50 for tickets and two hours of drinks.

August 11 – 12 at 8pm | Lindsay Webb “World’s Greatest Exaggerator” – Bloodhound Bar


Lindsay Webb brings his 2017 Festival show to the Bris Funny Fest for two nights at the Bloodhound Bar in the Valley. This description isn’t particularly exciting or exaggerated so instead let’s pretend his show runs for twelve million years and costs one Trump Tower per ticket.

$23.50 tickets available here.

August 12, 13 at 4pm, 15 at 9.15pm | Matt Stewart “Pretty Dry” – Heya Bar


Instead of quoting the Pedestrian article that Matt’s used for most of his show bio, we’re going to just tell that this is good! Matt’s been performing since 2013 and won RAW Comedy in 2014. Pretty Dry’s sold out at Melbourne Fringe, Perth Fringe World, and Melbourne International Comedy Festival – and we’re better than those places, so step up.

$20 tickets here.

August 12, 13 at 5pm to 6pm | Token Ethnics – Heya Bar


Token Ethnics is a vibrant, hilarious comedy extravaganza starring two of Australia’s hottest upcoming comedians, Stephanie Tisdell and Ting Lim, as they bring a fresh perspective on what it takes to be an outsider. Sure, Ting might work in IT but that’s just where the jokes start. Besides, do you even know what Migaloo means? Steph does.

$10 tickets here or on the door.

August 12 at 6pm to 7pm | Steven J. Whiteley in “I DO?” – Heya Bar


Join Steven on his journey from bachelor to (almost) married. From meeting to dating, co-habitating and planning a wedding, this one hour show will resonate with everyone from singles to married couples, but especially with anyone currently planning a wedding.

$20 tickets here.

August 13 at 6pm to 7pm | Matt Ford: Pocketful of Rainbows – Heya Bar


Brisbane local (and seriously funny dude) Matt Ford debuts his second one-hour standup comedy show ‘Pocketful of Rainbows’ at Heya for Bris Funny Fest. Sunday’s normally the Lord’s Day by on the 13th it’ll be Ford’s Day so don’t miss out.

$20 tickets here.

August 13 at 6.30 to 7.30pm | Brisburn: Sketch Comedy re: BNE – Hands on Art and Substation Gallery

Brisburn is a sketch show about the “interesting” “people” in Brisbane. From first-home buyers to the guys who pair R.M. Williams with a business suit – and even including John Oxley, the colonial mastermind of our collective misery! Following sold out performances in July, Brisburn is back for one night only at the Bris Funny Fest.

$15 single entry tickets, or $40 for a group of five, are here.

August 14, 15 at 6pm to 7pm | Sam Bowden: The Epicurean Shark – SBC


The Epicurean Shark is a one man show about why humans and other animals love substances that are intrinsically harmful. Why do we smoke when we know it’ll kill us? Why do we party so hard we ruin relationships? Sam Bowden’s debut solo gig is an effort to tackle the only big questions he’s smart enough to comprehend. Buy tickets so he can blow the money on the vices he’ll joke about. Score a taste of the man himself with this YouTube vid

$10 tickets here.

August 14, 21 at 7.30pm | Silly Boys, Silly Brains – The Milk Factory

Are you thoughtless in your remarks? Do you linger at bus stations for pleasure? Do your past failures bother you? Is your behavior erratic? Are you often consumed by envy? Is your life a struggle? Do you feel incapable of love? Are you a bit of an all-round silly sausage? From the naughty brain of Dominick Cusack comes Silly Boys, Silly Brains.

$9.50 tickets here.

August 14 – 15 at 9pm | Bookable – SBC


Three ‘competent’ performers come together for a ‘satisfactory’ night of comedy. Michelle Azevedo, Joel Batham and Ryan Sim have been honing their craft around the Brisbane comedy scene for a while now and they’ve proven to be pretty bookable. Sure, you might prefer “hilarious” or “memorable” or even “good looking” but nothing beats knowing that you shouldn’t give up, or that we need more female comics on the scene.

$10 tickets are here or at the door.

August 15, 17 at 7pm | Piss Fartin? Mikey Likey w/ Chris Martin and Mikey Griffin – Heya Bar


For two nights only, Chris Martin & Michael Griffin present an hour of stand-up and sketch comedy from two of Brisbane’s most beloved new comedians and really funny guys that will have you in stitches from start to finish. Chris is one of the country’s most promising new standup comedians and Michael once got mentioned in Federal Parliament and called a liar on the radio by the social services minister. Don’t miss this one.

$15 tickets here or at the door.

August 15 , 17, 18 at 8pm | Three Kings Showcase – The Mill on Constance

Ever wanted to be called a King? Well you can, these guys did. Does royal blood course through their veins? Probably not. What is a King? Is it a crown? Or is it a man? Is a man’s body simply transportation for the crown? With a combined body temperature of over 100 degrees, the Three Kings of Dalton Whiskey, Sam Ducasse and Sean Fernance will be delivering molten hot comedy for three nights.

$10 tickets here or at the door.

August 15 at 6pm | Release the Bees – SBC

Magic is everywhere: in a sunset, in the laughter of a child, in a poorly publicized $5 comedy show featuring David McNevin and Jared Smit. David was a 2015 RAW National Finalist and sold out Brisbane Funny Fest and Sydney Fringe Festival shows while Jared has written for The Betoota Advocate and performed at the Brisbane Comedy Festival’s After Hours show.

$5 tickets on the door, and the kitchen’s open because the show starts at 6pm.

August 15 at 8pm | Am I Right, Ladies? hosted by Mel Buttle – Heya Bar


This Bris Funny Fest, Heya welcomes a great wave of funny women to the stage for two nights of comedy that are less doll face, more droll face. Jasmine Fairbairn headlines a show supported by Ting Lim, Michelle Azevedo, Grace Jarvis, Lauren Randall, Jordan Kadell and Erin Michelle – all of them hosted this week by Mel Buttle.

$15 tickets here or on the door.

August 16, 17, 18 at 7pm | Snap presented by RuseWebsites – Bloodhound Bar

Part of the Kiwi Comedy Takeover in the Bris Funny Fest, join Snap presented by RuseWebsites, a local NZ legend of radio and stage, in an hour of comedy vaguely explaining how he gained the title of International Sex Icon.

$10 tickets for this show are here, otherwise grab a $20 three show pass for the other two shows on those nights.

August 16, 17, 18 at 8.30pm | Justin ‘Rusty’ White – Bloodhound Bar


Part of the Kiwi Comedy Takeover in the Bris Funny Fest, Justin ‘Rusty’ White can, from his twenty years of standup experience, convincingly claim to know everything. Well, nearly everything. Most things. Maybe not most, but certainly a whole lot of things. At least twenty. He… learned something once. You owe it to yourself and to this comedy classic to come along and see what that thing was.

$10 tickets for this show are here, otherwise grab a $20 three show pass for the other two shows on those nights.

August 16, 17 at 9.45pm | Top That - Bloodhound Bar

Part of the Kiwi Comedy Takeover in the Bris Funny Fest, it’s time to find out who’s best. In a very special addition of Top That you’ll catch a Kiwi team led by critically acclaimed, multi-award winning comedian Justin ‘Rusty’ White battling it out with an all-star Aussie lineup led by the festival director himself, Steven Morgan.

$10 tickets for this show are here, otherwise grab a $20 three show pass for the other two shows on those nights.

August 17, 19 at 9pm | Luke Heggie: Future Classics – Heya Bar


Luke Heggie’s best known for speaking to everyone as his equal, even those who are clearly below him. He’s back in Brisbane for two nights only with some timeless classics and some stuff that will be said aloud for the first (and probably last) time. After winning RAW Comedy in 2010, he’s written six hours of standup in as many years and continues to stick it to the man on a daily basis.

$15 tickets here.

August 17 – 18 at 9.45pm | No Material Allowed – Bloodhound Bar

Part of the Kiwi Comedy Takeover in the Bris Funny Fest, No Material Allowed is a stand up show where comedians aren’t allowed to use any prewritten material. Whether they riff on some topics, yarn with the crowd or just plain do something weird, each show will never be repeated. This show comes at you fresh from sellout runs in Dunedin Fringe, Comedy Festival and Nelson Fringe.

$10 tickets for this show are here, otherwise grab a $20 three show pass for the other two shows on those nights.

August 18 – 19 at 9.45pm | The Big Late Show – Bloodhound Bar

Part of the Kiwi Comedy Takeover in the Bris Funny Fest, The Big Late Show runs a bit later than usual and will be a chance for the comedians to let their hair down. A late show should have less structure, less rules and more chaos – which are all the goals of The Big Late Show. With a mix of straight stand up and a few interesting twists, this is a unique showcase of what comedy can be.

$10 tickets for this show are here, otherwise grab a $20 three show pass for the other two shows on those nights.

August 19 at 4pm | Angus Gordon: Double Skull, a work in progress  - Heya Bar


Teetering between bleak anti-humour and punchy one-liners, Angus Gordon balances whimsy and social critique. His debut show Sad Boy Comedy Hour won Best Newcomer at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival. Double Skull is the beginnings of Angus’ second solo show. It’s probably going to be excellent.

$16.50 tickets here.

August 19, 20 at 5pm to 6pm | Me, Myself & I – Heya Bar


Beck Buckingham, Lauren Randall and Nicchia Schutt. Three comedians poddling through life in uncomfortable underwear. If you’re a daughter, mother, sister, wife – or even if you just know one – you’ll probably enjoy this show. Beck, Lauren and Nicchia are those things and have some ridiculous experiences to tell you about. You might not feel better afterwards, but you’ll definitely laugh.

$15 tickets here.

August 19 at 7.30pm | Lord of the Thrones: An Epic Improvised Adventure – Metro Arts

Famed author “R.R” is concocting a tale of scheming nobles, epic quests and gory, gory deaths: will your favourite character rule them all or take an arrow to the knee? This winter, gather your house and see ImproMafia bring your fantasy suggestions to life. After all, there are no spoilers when the show is improvised.

$22 tickets here.

August 20 at 6pm | Greg Larsen: Greg “Live” – Heya Bar


You may have heard of Greg Larsen as a regular guest on the 6-part radio series Chatback on Triple J with Tom Ballard or seen his run of award-winning shows… but most likely you don’t know of him at all. That’s okay. He’s pretty funny and has an impressive DVD collection so you’ll probably want to be mates with him.

$15 tickets here.

August 20 at 7pm | Bris Funny Fest closing show – Heya Bar

Have you enjoyed Bris Funny Fest? We certainly have. This is it for 2017 so come jump on the smashed dreams of aspiring comedians or celebrate the sold-out shows. There’ll be beers, tears, backslaps and the best bit: you.

This one’s free, like every party should be.