Events & Tourism

Wagga Comedy Fest brings new crowds to Civic Theatre

Published: 28 Jun 2019 3:29pm

Are you one of 3573 people still recovering from the side-splitting fun of the 2019 Wagga Comedy Fest?

Held earlier this month, the fifth festival has been declared another success, with thousands flocking to 12 shows across Council’s Civic Theatre and the CSU Playhouse, as well as enjoying the food and free entertainment at the Winter Markets.

This year’s line up included Anh Do, Becky Lucas, Lano & Woodley, Luke McGregor, Mel Buttle, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival roadshow, Randy the puppet, Rhys Nicholson, The Chaser and the Riverina Comedy Club.

Civic Theatre Manager and festival organiser Carissa Campbell said comedy is bringing new audiences to theatre.

“Wagga Comedy Fest is a great way to showcase the Civic Theatre, with 37 per cent of festival-goers coming to the theatre for the first time,” Ms Campbell said.

“A quarter of attendees were also from outside Wagga Wagga.

“We had more shows in the larger Civic Theatre venue this year, which meant more availability of tickets to access new audiences.

“The feedback so far has been all positive – 95 per cent of attendees surveyed were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the festival overall.”

The Wagga Comedy Fest is one of many diverse shows and productions at the Civic Theatre each year. To keep up to date with what’s on and book tickets online, visit