26 May 2023

Get ready to laugh folks: The Wagga Comedy Fest is returning for 2023!

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga Civic Theatre manager Isobel MacCullum, radio host Jamie Way and Riverina Comedy Club member Aidan Mungai

Wagga Civic Theatre manager Isobel MacCullum, radio host Jamie Way and Riverina Comedy Club member Aidan Mungai share a laugh ahead of the action-packed weekend of Wagga Comedy Fest. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Wagga Comedy Fest will return to the Civic Theatre, the Wagga Art Gallery and the Wagga Playhouse this June long weekend with some of Australia’s most renowned comedians headlining a jam-packed weekend of shows.

The festival (8-11 June) will feature iconic Aussie comedians Tommy Little, Tripod, Lano and Woodley, Karen From Finance and Dilruk Jayasinha along with a host of local talent from the Riverina Comedy Club – this year’s festival is promising to deliver the laughs.

“We say it every year, but this year there really is something for everyone!” Civic Theatre manager Isobel MacCallum said.

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“If you like your comedy from big name TV comedians, we’ve got you covered. If you like things a little crazier and more unpredictable, you need to get your tickets for Otto & Astrid or Garry Starr.

This year’s festival will also look to deliver a variety of family shows, allowing kids to enjoy comedy shows during the festival for the first time.

“We don’t want kids to miss out on all the fun,” Ms MacCallum said.

“This year, we have The Listies back in Wagga with their show ‘Rolling on the Floor Laughing’, because who doesn’t love a bit of toilet humour? And then we have the ‘Greatest Magic Show’ on Sunday afternoon.”

Poster for Wagga Comedy Fest

Twenty-one shows will feature across the four days of the comedy festival with big name talent such as Tommy Little headlining the event. Photo: Supplied.

Wagga-born entertainer and Triple M radio host Jamie Way will be taking to the stage for the first night of the festival alongside several other of Wagga’s finest performers as a part of ‘The Great Wagga Comedy Debate’.

“Hopefully the debate will definitely set the tone for the rest of the festival and bring laughs,” Mr Way said.

“I’ll be joining a few colleagues and contemporaries and other hopefully funny people to argue the case that smartphones are making people stupid.

“I’m lucky enough that I’m arguing for the affirmative in the case that smartphones are making people stupider and I’m very tempted to just stand there and take my five minutes on stage gesturing at the world at large the evidence speaks for itself.”

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Member of the Riverina Comedy Club Aidan Mungai said he was thrilled by the prospect of taking to the stage as a part of the festival and believed it was a fantastic opportunity for local performers to highlight their talents.

“I think it’s very important when putting an event on like this, that we’re not just highlighting the bigger acts from your metro areas like Melbourne and Sydney but also your local performers,” Mr Mungai said.

“It’s good that we have places like the Civic Theatre that gives space for the Riverina Comedy Club to put on shows that are a little bit different, a little more interactive and at that lower cost.

“We would like for viewers to expand their comedy palate and see what different shows are on during the festival.”

The Wagga Comedy Fest will feature 21 shows across the four days, beginning on Thursday 8 June. To see the full line-up of shows and purchase tickets click here.

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