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CHARLIE PICKERING, JUDITH LUCY, RICH FULCHER AND MORE ARTISTS JOIN THE LINE UP FOR JUST FOR LAUGHS AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
12-22 OCTOBER 2012
Just for Laughs at Sydney Opera House today announced more comedians that will join the already stellar line up for the second festival this October. Taking over Sydney Opera House for six days this Spring the festival hosts one of the strongest international line ups of comedy super-stars to hit Sydney in years.
Highlights from the Comedy Galas have been announced and there will be more surprises unveiled to audiences on the night.
Joining the line up for Drew Carey’s International Gala are The Project’s Charlie Pickering and Judith Lucy as well as Bill Burr and Dave Gorman doing guest spots in addition to their solo shows.
Adam Hills has announced some of the highlights of his International Comedy Gala will include godfather of stand-up Dom Irrera, trash-talking Mike Wilmot and Hannah Gadsby with a special appearance from Ed Byrne in addition to his Opera Theatre solo show.
Rhys Darby’s Kiwi Gala will include NZ Male Comic of the Year Brendhan Lovegrove, Ben Hurley, Urzila Carlson and Chris Brian.
American stand up Hannibal Buress and Mighty Boosh alumni Rich Fulcher – aka Bob Fossil – will both take to the Studio stage for intimate solo stand up performances.
Noel Fielding will be joined on the Concert Hall stage by long time collaborator Rich Fulcher as well as Jarred Christmas, Hannibal Buress, Big Jay Oakerson and Sam Simmons.
Just for Laughs will take over Sydney Opera House 12-22 October. For more information visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com/jfl or http://www.facebook.com/justforlaughssydney
JEFF ROSS: Host of The Nasty Show
Roastmaster General Jeff Ross is leading the pack, fresh from annihilating megastars Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump in Comedy Central's notorious Roasting specials. Now taking a break from more serious gags on CSI, Weeds and Six Feet Under, this 'one man verbal assault unit' will lead a gang of quasi-degenerates in the dirtiest of club shows.
JEFF ROSS will host The Nasty Show
Joining the Fielding troupe is American comedian, writer and improviser Rich Fulcher. Fulcher is probably best known for co-starring in the stage, radio and television shows The Mighty Boosh alongside Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding in which he played various roles, most notably Bob Fossil.
RICH FULCHER will appear in THE NOEL FIELDING GALA and Tiny Acts of Rebellion in the Studio
According to Rolling Stone, Hannibal Buress is one of the 10 Funniest Things Coming In 2012. He won Best Club Comedian at the 2012 Comedy Awards, was nominated for Best Newcomer for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards and was listed by New York Magazine as one of their Top Ten Comics to Watch.
HANNIBAL BURESS will appear in THE NOEL FIELDING GALA and Solo in the Studio
Handpicked for his colourful characters and voices, this Just For Laughs veteran’s credits include multiple appearances on the late-night circuit, 'Til Death, The Supreme Court of Comedy and his own Comedy Central and HBO specials.
DOM IRRERA will appear in THE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY GALA HOSTED BY ADAM HILLS and THE NASTY SHOW
Praised as “Canada’s answer to Bill Hicks,” this irreverent and irresistible comic continues to swear and sweat his way into the hearts of critics and audiences worldwide. Wilmot charms audiences with a down-to-earth (some might say gutter) outlook on everyday life as seen through an everyman haze.
MIKE WILMOT will appear in THE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY GALA HOSTED BY ADAM HILLS and THE NASTY SHOW
Sardonic and laconic, award-winning Aussie Hannah Gadsby joins the International Gala as Hills’ not-so-secret weapon. A staple of ABC TV's Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, Gadsby has also made appearances on Spicks and Specks, Agony Aunts, Channel Ten’s Good News Week and New Zealand TV 3’s 7 Days,
HANNAH GADSBY will appear in THE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY GALA HOSTED BY ADAM HILLS
One of GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year, Charlie Pickering’s selection for Drew Carey’s Gala comes down to his reputation as ‘Australia’s best’ natural raconteur. Charlie is best known co-host of Network Ten’s The Project alongside Dave Hughes and Carrie Bickmore and as the Generation X team captain on Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation.
CHARLIE PICKERING will appear in THE ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA HOSTED BY DREW CAREY
With 3 sell-out Edinburgh Festival shows and 10 years performing on the best comedy circuits in the world, Christmas takes the audience on a hilarious thrill ride of laughs and gasps with an edge of anger that manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives.
JARRED CHRISTMAS will appear in RHYS DARBY’S KIWI GALA and NOEL FIELDING GALA
Rhys Darby welcomes seven-time winner of the NZ Best Guild Male Comic of the Year award, Brendhan Lovegrove, to the Gala.
BRENDHAN LOVEGROVE will appear in RHYS DARBY’S KIWI GALA
As a ten-time performer at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, winner of the prestigious Billy T award in 2004 and Fred award for comedic excellence in 2008, it wouldn’t be a Kiwi Gala without Ben Hurley. He is most recognized for his regular appearances on TV3’s panel show 7 Days, for which he is also Head Writer. Hurley has had numerous appearances on NZ television with several comedy galas, Dai’s X-Mass Special, @Seven and hosting the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards.
BEN HURLEY will appear in RHYS DARBY’S KIWI GALA
South African-born Urzila Carlson was raised through-and-through by the Kiwi comedy. Described as “a unique sort of gem” by Dylan Moran, Carlson first took to the stage in 2008 and has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand-up, including Best Female Comedian at the 2010 and 2011 NZ Comedy Guild Awards.
URZILA CARLSON will appear in RHYS DARBY’S KIWI GALA
With over 20 years of martini-dry gags to her name, award-winning comedian Judith Lucy is undoubtedly one of the nation’s best stand-ups. A best-selling author, her work in radio, television and film and her sell-out national live tours have made her a household name.
JUDITH LUCY will appear in THE ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA HOSTED BY DREW CAREY
BIG JAY OAKERSON
Oakerson began honing his story-based style of stand-up comedy after a series of dead-end jobs, like driving around strippers and escorts in his hometown of Philadelphia. Now with over a decade of stand-up experience under his belt, this Queens, NY resident has made comedy his full-time job, flooring audiences with anecdotal bits about ultra-macho frat boys or being too fat for karate.
BIG JAY OAKERSON will appear in THE NOEL FIELDING GALA and The Nasty Show
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