Hobart is a joke
Everybody has heard of the Melbourne international comedy festival. But I bet you didn’t know that Hobart is a very funny place.
In fact Hobart has its very own comedy festival and 2012 sees it celebrating its 10th birthday. Some huge things are lined up according to the festival’s web site.
A variety of events are spread over 2 weeks in July at a variety of locations. You can take a stand-up comedy workshop and at the end try your new found skills out on your classmates. Then, if you are brave (or stupid) enough, you can get yourself on stage in front of a real live audience.
It is what Hobart offers once a year instead of bungy jumping.
If participation isn’t your thing then get yourself a seat anywhere but the front row and let the laughs from the Australian and international acts wash over you.
Of course not everyone comes to Hobart in July but good old Hobart still delivers the laughs.
The local comedy scene is bursting with events and quite a few Tasmanians are now taking on the world and becoming household names: Josh Earl, The Bedroom Philosopher and Hannah Gadsby to name just a few. My tips for up-and-comers to keep an eye out for include Tim Logan and Tracey Cosgrove.
In any one month the Hobart comedy scene delivers regular laughs at shows such as:
The Comedy Forge, where new comedians and old hands gather to deliver entirely new material (no rehashes or fine tuning here, this is as raw and unique as it gets),
Danger Academy where improvising gets scary (wear your peril sensitive sunglasses for this one),
The lower House Comedy Lounge, down in the dock area near parliament house, serves up an atmosphere so cosy that the bleakest of winter nights is but a trifle,
The Clubhouse in North Hobart’s Onba delivers late night comedy at a classy cocktail venue.
Most of these events happen at least once a month on various nights of the week and some occur fortnightly.
For latest information check out Hobart and Tasmania Comedy for venues, dates, times, one off events and much more.
There’s bound to be something on when you are next in Hobart. Who knows, you may even see me putting my stand-up workshop skills to the test.
David Moore lives and works in the Huon Valley. He runs a computer business, I Hate My PC and writes computer/tech stuff for a couple of online magazines but his real passion is comedy. Keep an eye out for him doing “stand up” somewhere near you soon!
Image: Anna Kwa - Hobart from Mt Wellington