When it started in 2002 it was billed as “the world’s smallest cultural event” but the Hobart Comedy Festival is now a dynamic occasion that visitors always fall in love with and is often described as the comedy world’s favourite boutique event.
Now in its ninth year, it features the cream of Australia’s comedy artists and considers itself the perfect winter warmer, combining world-class laughs with Tasmania’s famous food and wine.
The event showcases a wide variety of comedic styles and experiences, with an array of famous and up-and-coming Australian and international comedians.
Performers only appear by invitation and the programmers seek to create combinations of artists that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Among the performances already confirmed for the festival is a one night only appearance from Jeff Green.
As he did last year to popular acclaim, the award-winning British comedian will no doubt confirm his (adopted) national treasure status with an evening of sharp comedy.
The festival is always a good chance to see comedy performers on their way up. A selection of rising stars from overseas flock to Hobart each year – in the past the festival has been credited with discovering then-unknowns such as Josh Earl, the Bedroom Philosopher and Hannah Gadsby.
Another former unknown was DeAnne Smith of the United States who was in Hobart last year and went on to be nominated for the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s prestigious Barry Award.
Over 20,000 people have enjoyed this festival’s unique brand of entertainment since its creation in 2001 and it now enjoys real popularity among established comics.
The venue is Hobart’s iconic Theatre Royal. Australia’s oldest working theatre opened in 1837 and remains one of its most beautiful treasures.
The Hobart Comedy Festival 2011 will run from Monday July 18th to Saturday July 30th.