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Humour Us: Gen Fricker & Luke Heggie

Digital Season | Live from the Joan Sutherland Theatre

Sassy, unique and lovable weirdo Gen Fricker joins forces with no-nonsense, king of the dead pan, Luke Heggie in this one off double header as a part of the digital comedy series, Humour Us. 

8:15pm Saturday 19 September, 2020 Audience must be seated by 8:00pm. There is a strict lock-out for this performance

Please arrive early to allow enough time to queue and be seated before the show. There will be no late arrivals allowed into the venue once the performance begins, as we will be recording the show for digital broadcast.

This is a free 'studio audience' performance and will be filmed for the From Our House to Yours digital program Please remember to bring your staff ID – you will need to present this upon entry

  • Seats are single, assigned and physically distanced. Please ensure you take your allocated seat. 
  • Tickets are restricted to x1 per staff member and are not transferable. By accepting a comp ticket, you agree to be filmed and photographed for broadcast and use on Sydney Opera House website, social media and internal communications channels.

This show runs for approximately 30 minutes, with no interval

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

COVID-19 safety measures

  • Operational staff have been trained in infection control, and provided with relevant personal protective equipment (PPE), including hand sanitiser.
  • Tickets have been allocated to ensure your seats are physically distant from others, and floor markers and signage will be visible in our foyers and other spaces to promote physical distancing. 
  • Ticket collection at our Box Office is currently unavailable and we will be utilising contactless scanning of tickets. 
  • We’ve also increased cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant, and contactless hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout the building for you to use.

If you are feeling unwell or have any flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and do not attend the show

  • Cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues promptly.
  • Practise safe hand hygiene - wash your hands regularly and make use of the many contactless hand sanitising stations across the site.
  • Please follow the directions of our staff. They are here to help you have a great experience while moving safely around the venue.
“Gen Fricker is a genius... hilariously, unapologetically weird.”

Herald Sun

“[Luke Heggie is a] Deadpan genius... one of the funniest standups around.”

Sydney Morning Herald

Gen Fricker

Gen Fricker has quickly become one of the nation’s brightest stars on the national comedy circuit, with her unique blend of sassy and dark stand up delivered with a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth smile.

Since making her comedy debut in 2011 as a national finalist in the triple j Raw Comedy competition, Fricker is known as a “must-see” act across Australia and New Zealand comedy festivals, as well as appearing by invitation at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Falls Festival and Splendour in The Grass for multiple years. Fricker was heard nationally for 5 years as the host of triple j’s Lunch show, and makes regular TV appearances, including Have You Been Paying Attention? (TEN), The Project (TEN), Celebrity Name Game (TEN), and Spicks and Specks (ABC).

Luke Heggie

Comic favourite Luke Heggie is known for his dry dead pan style and the ability to deliver a brand new killer comedy show year after year. He gigs relentlessly 6 or 7 nights a week and tours the biggest comedy and arts festivals in Australia and New Zealand to sell out crowds and rave reviews. 

Starting out as RAW Comedy winner and going up from there, Luke’s accolades includes two ARIA Award nominations for Best Comedy Release, the coveted ‘comic’s choice’ Piece of Wood Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the 2015 Sydney Comedy Festival’s Director’s Choice Award, and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

Luke Heggie’s television appearances include performing live on the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Opening Night Allstars Supershow, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Oxfam Gala, and  Just for Laugh’s Stand Up Series filmed live at the Sydney Opera House for the Comedy Channel. You would have also seen him on Ten’s The Project, ABC TV’s Comedy Next Gen and Comedy Up Late.  

In 2020 Luke started a Podcast with fellow comedian Nick Cody called Mid Flight Brawl, cataloguing the best all time air rage incidents, generally resulting from any old tiprat being allowed to fly.

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Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

What safety measures will be in place?

  • We’ve taken a number of steps to prepare for the return of audiences to the Opera House:
  • Operational staff have been trained in infection control, and provided with relevant personal protective equipment (PPE), including hand sanitiser.
  • Tickets have been allocated to ensure your seats are physically distant from others, and seats will be clearly marked so you know where to sit. Floor markers and signage will also be visible in our foyers and other spaces to promote physical distancing.
  • Ticket collection at our Box Office is currently unavailable and we will be utilising contactless scanning of tickets. Please have your ticket handy, either printed or on a mobile device.
  • We’ve also increased cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant, and contactless hand sanitiser stations are positioned throughout the building for you to use.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

  • For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, you must not visit the Opera House if: 
  • If you feel unwell or if you are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by NSW Health;
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • You are required to self-isolate;
  • You have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
  • You have returned from overseas or have visited a “positive COVID-19 case location” as outlined by NSW government in the last 14 days. Please stay up-to-date with the latest case alerts and advisories via the NSW Health website.
  • Please contact the Box Office on 9250 7777 to return your ticket if any of the above circumstances apply.
  • Please arrive early to allow enough time to be seated before the show. There will be no late arrivals allowed into the venue once the performance begins, as we will be recording the show for digital broadcast.
  • Practise physical distancing at all times, and only sit in the seat allocated to you. Once you are seated, you will not be able to change seats.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues promptly and hygienically, followed by safe hand hygiene.
  • Practise safe hand hygiene - wash your hands regularly and make use of the many contactless hand sanitising stations across the sitePlease follow the directions of our operational staff. They are here to help you have a great experience while moving safely around the venue. 
  • Please follow the directions of our operational staff. They are here to help you have a great experience while moving safely around the venue. 

Will my temperature be taken?

  • No. If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a high temperature, or any of the circumstances referred to above apply, please stay at home and do not attend the show.

Do I need to wear a mask?

  • Wearing a face mask or face covering is strongly recommended when attending a performance at the Opera House. 
  • We will have disposable masks available on site if you forget yours or wish to utilise one.
  • Some operational staff will be wearing a mask, depending on the nature of their work and level of contact with the public.

How are you managing contact tracing? Should I download the COVIDSafe app?

  • This performance has a staff-only audience, which means we already have your for contact tracing purposes, and will disclose them to NSW Health only if required to do so.
  • Tickets are allocated to individual staff members, and are not transferable.
  • All staff attending this performance are required to complete the coronavirus declaration form on Intouch, and ensure you have checked the latest COVID-19 case locations before attending the site to make sure you don’t fall within one of the stay at home categories referred to earlier.
  • All attendees are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app to help the Australian Government with contact tracing. 

Can I access the Green Room or visit my office area?

  • There will be no access to any back of house areas, including past Stage Door, the Green Room or any offices or other area not accessible to the public.
  • You will be attending as an audience member only, and must not use your staff pass, except as ID.

If I can’t access the building past Stage Door, how will I validate my parking ticket?

  • Wilson Parking is currently offering a $5 discounted rate if you ‘book a bay’. Details are available on their website.
  • It’s recommended to book your parking ahead of time to access a discounted parking rate, rather than validating your ticket at Stage Door.
  • If you forget to book, a portable parking validation machine will be kept at Stage Door – please ask the Host Team member on duty to use it. 

Frequently Asked Questions - PERFORMANCE AND VENUE

What do you mean by ‘studio audience’?

  • We will be recording and broadcasting this performance as part of the digital program From Our House to Yours. There will be a number of cameras and camera operators in the venue to capture the performance for an online audience. You may appear in the recording, and by attending this event you agree to this and to appearing in any broadcast of the recording and any media associated with the recording.
  • Once the show starts, you will not be able to leave the venue, or stand up and move around. This is to ensure the cameras can capture the performance without disruption.
  • You will also need to arrive early to ensure everyone is seated and final lighting/sound checks can be completed before the show begins. It won’t be as polished as a regular performance - you’ll get more of an insight into the behind-the-scenes production.

I’m excited to be attending a show! Can I take photos/video and post on social media?

  • Photography and filming isn't permitted inside the venue. This event is being recorded for release to the public at a later date, so the performance content is under embargo until that time. 
  • You are welcome to post photos taken outside of the venue on your social media account or Workplace, in line with the Opera House’s Social Media Policy. Please ensure physical distancing is maintained at all times (no group hugs for photos!).

What time do I need to arrive?

  • Venue doors will be open from 7.30pm, and will close at 7.50pm.
  • Please arrive early to ensure you are in the venue and seated before 7.50pm.
  • The show will be recorded from 8pm, so no late arrivals will be admitted.

What do I do if I can’t come any more?

  • Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. A staff waitlist will be set up, so your ticket will be offered to the next person on the list.
  • Tickets are not transferable to any person, whether guest, friend, family or another staff member. It is important that Box Office reallocates tickets as per the usual process, to assist with contact tracing if required.

What is the best way to get to the Opera House?

  • Public transport is available, although you are encouraged to travel outside peak times to avoid congestion, and to wear a mask. Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures.
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $5 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.

Will there be bag checks, and will SOH security guards touch my property?

  • Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags at the Concert Hall doors under the Monumental Steps.
  • Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves.
  • We encourage you to bring minimal belongings, and where possible avoid bringing items that need to be cloaked. Larger items – including handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas – are not permitted inside the venues and must be cloaked.

Is there cloaking available?

  • Yes, cloaking is available for all performances.
  • Cloakroom attendants will use paper disposable tickets and wear gloves to handle items. Hand sanitiser will also be available for staff and patrons to use.

Should I print my tickets, or can I pick them up from the Box Office before the show?

  • The Box Office will not be operating for this performance.
  • Please print your own tickets, or bring them on a mobile device.
  • We will be using contactless scanning to check tickets.

Can I sit next to my friends?

  • No. All tickets are allocated, and spaced throughout the venue to ensure physical distancing.
  • You must sit in your allocated seat only, and once you are seated, you cannot change seats for any reason.

What do I do if I feel unwell during the performance?

  • If you feel unwell on the day of the show, stay at home and do not attend the Opera House.
  • If you fall ill during the performance, please discreetly alert the nearest Front of House attendant and exit the venue. Depending on the nature of your illness, an Opera House nurse may attend to assist you.

Will there be food and beverages available to purchase in the venue?

  • No. Our in-venue food and beverage operators will not be open for this event. Please note that the Green Room will also be closed at this time.
  • Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen may be open if you wish to dine before the performance, please check operating hours with these venues directly.
  • There will be no public water fountains available. However, you can bring your own water bottle into the venue (no food or hot drinks please). 

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