GC Laughs has just announced their line-up, and it’s pure comedy gold. This brand-new festival promises a whole week of non-stop funniness from some of the biggest names in comedy alongside the next generation of up and coming talent.
GC Laughs is the brainchild of Festival Co-Directors Josh Armstrong and Craig Ivanoff who felt it was time the Gold Coast had a comedy festival of its own.
‘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,’ said Josh.
This year’s diverse line up features big names like Ross Noble, Arj Barker and Stephen K Amos plus rising stars like Fern Brady, Rhys Nicholson and Becky Lucas.
With support from HOTA for the next three years, the comedy festival will put the Gold Coast on the map as a major player on the comedy circuit and plans to become a cornerstone event on the Gold Coast’s cultural calendar.
We had a chat with Festival Co-Director Craig Ivanoff:
Why did you want to bring a comedy festival to the Gold Coast?
The Gold Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and the leading tourist destination in the country, making it a perfect location for world-class entertainment. The comedy scene here has gone from strength to strength over the last 5 years. We now have show’s most nights, the only thing that was missing is a big event to draw in the big acts, and big crowds. And it’s a privilege to bring it to an amazing venue like HOTA.
What’s special about seeing comedy live?
There’s definitely something uniquely special about live comedy. When you’re in a crowd of people, hyper-focused on the performer, the mood is infectious, and the result can be electric. The very nature of comedy means that comics often get to be provocative, to get people to think outside the box. The comedian engages with a different audience every night, an ever-changing unpredictable group of people who have come together to laugh, which makes it fresh and exciting. When the show ends, it can never be reproduced in exactly the same way again.
Who’s your top tip to see at the festival?
The Gala, hosted by Sammy J and Randy is definitely one of the hottest shows to see, with an amazing line-up of international and local acts. Helen Bidou’s show was hugely popular last year and was nominated for multiple awards, winning best show at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Having Daniel Sloss join us after dropping his two incredible Netflix hours is pretty special as well.
Check out the full program of events for GC Laughs at HOTA from 17-24 March, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy.