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GET READY: The Wagga Comedy Fest is just around the corner and Manager Civic Theatre Claire Harris and local entertainer Dane Simpson are pumped for this year’s laughs.

Arts & Culture

Only two weeks to go! Wagga Comedy Fest 2024

Published: 23 May 2024 2:27pm

As the temperature drops, our city is heating up with excitement for Wagga Comedy Fest, returning this June for another four days of laughs.

The much-loved festival will be held from Thursday 6 June to Monday 10 June, presenting 21 shows and workshops spread across three performance venues: the Civic Theatre, the CSU Riverina Playhouse and the Riverina Comedy Club House; an improvisational and interactive venue run by the Riverina Comedy Club in the Art Gallery's E3 Art Space.

Council Manager Civic Theatre Claire Harris says there are only two weeks left to secure your tickets.

“If you miss out on seeing your favourite comedian or act, take a risk and try something new! Some shows are already sold out but there are still plenty of laughs to be had,” Ms Harris said.

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LAUGHS ALL-ROUND: Plan your weekend of laughs now by booking your tickets online, or visiting the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Box Office.

“Located in the heart of our city, the Wagga Comedy Festival will bring world-class comedians, goods times, and much, much laughter.

“We are incredibly proud to be showcasing nationally acclaimed comedians as well as the incredible talent that we have right here in our own community.”

For aspiring comedians as well as passionate fans there will be opportunities to get involved with comedy and clown workshops, open mic sessions, and shows featuring audience interaction.

For the kids and kids at heart, head along to Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Show and Camp Culture, or see the talent our community has to offer with the acts featuring local creatives, including: TGIF - Thank God It's Friday with Richard Glover, The Great Wagga Comedy Fest Debate, The Gong Show, and Are You Pulling My Leg? - a free show on Thursday 6 June.

Amidst the excitement of the rapidly approaching festival, the Civic Theatre has also announced a recent last-minute addition to the line-up.

A group of six people are huddled together around a red, hand-held bingo machine wheel. They all wear wigs and bandanas, some wear sunglasses. All have their mouths open to indicate cheering or sounds of excitement.
BOGAN BINGO: The newest edition to the lineup, Bogan Bingo, will be on at the Civic Theatre on Sunday 9 June at 6pm

“Grab your mates, don your best ‘flanno’, and get ready to laugh until you snort because Bogan Bingo is hitting Wagga Comedy Fest on Sunday 9 June at 6pm,” Ms Harris said.

“We will be on the hunt for the best dressed bogan in town, with prizes up for grabs. Don’t forget to bring along your finest air guitar.

“This year we have also included Are You Pulling My Leg? as a free option on opening night. We want to make comedy accessible for all audiences and invite everyone in Wagga to experience the festival, be part of the fun and enjoy a night of laughs with friends.”

Event participants will also have the option to cosy up in the Laugh Lounge, a heated food and drink marquee set against the backdrop of the picturesque Wollundry Lagoon Precinct on the Civic Theatre lawns.

Book your tickets now!

Jump online now to plan your weekend of comedy by visiting the Civic Theatre website,  or chat to the friendly Civic Theatre staff by calling 69269688 or visiting the Box Office.