GC Laughs Festival

Akmal Saleh

It could well be a fact that you do not laugh enough on a regular day (especially not on Monday’s) but that possible fact is about to become fiction friends because we lucky Gold Coast inhabitants are about to get our very own festival dedicated to, you guessed it, laughing.

That’s right, the GC Laughs Festival will make it’s debut at HOTA (Home of the Arts) from March 17th to 24th and prepare yourselves, you’re in for a time.

The very best thing is Shit-Faced Shakespeare, a world-famous act featuring an entirely inebriated actor performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream each night. Yes indeed. Getting drunk for a job, how good. 

Some of the world’s most-loved comedians will be joined by our very own Aussie funny men and women for a whole week of hilarious shows that’s set to return to the Coast for the next three years.

GC Laughs is the brainchild of Festival Co-Directors Josh Armstrong and Craig Ivanoff who realised it was no laughing matter that the Gold Coast didn’t already have their own comedy hub and we could not be more stoked on this one.

Most cities around Australia, and many around the world, host their own comedy festivals and it’s really no wonder we Gold Coasters don’t laugh very much (until now).

Shit-Faced Shakespeare

The calibre of acts set to take the stage are setting the bar VERY high and there are names you will have heard mentioned time and time again and some newbies that will no doubt delight your funny bones also.

First of all, US legend Arj Barker is coming, so that’d almost do us but then there’s also UK superstars Ross Noble and Stephen K Amos and Scottish comedy royalty Daniel Sloss and Fern Brady.

Australian performers include Helen Bidou, Fiona O’Loughlin, Joel Creasey, Becky Lucas, Rhys Nicholson and star of TV’s Orange is The New Brown, Nazeem Hussain.

So all the good ones.

GC Laughs Festival kicks off with a Gala Night on Sunday March 17th and will showcase some of the festival’s funniest international stars and a few homegrown legends too.

Tickets are on sale now so get in quick, they’re going to sell out ASAP.

LOCATION: Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall

Words by Kirra Smith

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