Hobart Comedy Festival

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Hobart Comedy Festival is back again this year and celebrating its tenth anniversary with a long list of standout performers.

Described as “up close and personal as well as quite a bit gala” by producer Craig Wellingtion, it is clear before the curtains are drawn that this year’s festival is going to be big.

From Tommy Dean to Jeff Dean and Simon Palomares, you won’t lack for people to see at this three-month rolling festival.

Other headlining acts include Dave O’Neill, whose regular appearances on ABC music show Spicks and Specks helped introduce him to households across the country.

While special guests Charlie Pickering and Fiona O’Loughlin will be on hand for The Bloodstone Big Finale, it seems that the who’s who of home-grown talent are getting ready to wow local audiences and try out some new material.

Damien Callinan, the beloved legend of UK comedy, is back in the island state by popular demand with a fast-paced show that is sure to have you in stitches and contemplating life from a slightly different perspective.

And for those who feel inspired to take to the stage themselves, there is also the option to contact organisers about the possibility of appearing in next year’s show. After all, sometimes all it takes is seeing your idol on stage to make you want to leave the day job behind and cut your teeth on a local production.

Shows are scheduled for August 10, 11 and 23, as well as Saturday September 1 – and it seems that the town is set to come alive with a string of lively, tongue-in-cheek performances from some of the international comedy circuits best known acts.

You may have already bought tickets for this once a year comedy feast, but if not there is still time to order your advance sales now.

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