Gold Coast launches annual Comedy Festival

SOME of the world’s funniest entertainers will join Australia’s comedy legends on stage for a week of non-stop laughs on the Gold Coast next month.

It’s all part of the Coast’s new inaugural seven-day ‘GC Laughs Festival’ which will debut at HOTA (Home of The Arts) on the Gold Coast from March 17.

The festival, which will call HOTA home for the next three years, is the brainchild of Festival Co-Directors Josh Armstrong and Craig Ivanoff.


“Most cities around the country stage a comedy festival, it’s a rite of passage for many a famous name to ‘tread the circuit’ and audiences love discovering new talent, before they are famous,” Josh said.

“It was well and truly time for the Gold Coast to have one of its own. We are thrilled to be partnering with HOTA to bring the Gold Coast something familiar yet fresh in what will be the Coast’s very first comedy festival.”

The calibre of acts locked in to perform over the seven days affirms that the Gold Coast is a pivotal market for these performers and the appetite for comedy is high.

“We are hoping that the diverse range of acts that we’ve pulled together for our first year will put us on the map as a major player on the comedy circuit,” Josh said.

“We hope that the festival becomes a cornerstone event on the Gold Coast’s cultural calendar and grows along with the City itself.”

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The GC Laughs Festival will be held at HOTA for the next three years | PHOTO: File image/Supplied by HOTA

Laugh yourself silly at Cheeky Scots’ Daniel Sloss and Fern Brady who will join the hilarious American Arj Barker, South Africa’s brilliant Dusty Rich and UK superstars Ross Noble and Stephen K Amos.

Australian comedy legends slated to perform include Helen Bidou, Fiona O’Loughlin, Joel Creasey, Becky Lucas, Rhys Nicholson and star of TV’s Orange is The New Brown, Nazeem Hussain.

“Our Festival kicks off with a Gala Night of comedy on Sunday 17 March hosted by the hilarious Sammy J,” Josh said.

“The Gala showcases some of the festival’s funniest international stars, homegrown legends and next-big-things in comedy and guests joining us on the night can be guaranteed a huge night of laughs.”

The full festival program is now available online and tickets can be purchased from here.