People laughing at the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023

Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023

The Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023 launches on April 28, for five weeks of non-stop laughs at three incredible main locations. Held between 28 April – 28 May, come and see the international superstars and hilarious local talent offer the very best in side-splitting performances.

Over 350 gigs from more than 110 comedians, there is something to suit everyone. Here’s what you need to know before the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023.

The Comedians

From rising talent to established superstars, this year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023 welcomes fan favourites in a talented line-up that showcases the best in comedy.

The Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023 welcomes big names such as Danny Bhoy, Ross Noble, Jason Leong, David O’Doherty, Sara Pascoe, Jimeoin, and many more as headline acts as they bring must-see performances to Brisbane stages.

There are plenty of Australian icons as well, including Akmal, Rove McManus, Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Peter Helliar, Geraldine Hickey, and a host of other fantastic Aussies. For the ultimate Brisbane comedy experience, check out the Theatresports event as local Brisbane improv artists face off in a side-splitting battle of laughs.

As well as traditional stand-up, try something different with a mash-up of comedy and performance art. Laugh along with drag sensation Karen From Finance, see the impressive physical comedy from The Umbilical Brothers, or join the gender-bending cabaret with Reuben Kaye.

Not to be missed are the comedians with a hilariously unique point of view, like the Aboriginal Comedy All-Stars, the Multicultural Comedy Gala where you can catch six comedians all in the same venue, or Queerstories celebrating the culture and creativity of the LGBTIQ+ community.

For the full line-up of riotously funny acts, see the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023 website.

The Venues

The Brisbane Powerhouse

The home of Brisbane comedy, the Brisbane Powerhouse is the main venue for the many artists this year, with other satellite locations around Brisbane providing further stages for additional acts. Located in New Farm, the Brisbane Powerhouse can be easily accessed by the ferries – which are also a fantastic way to see the city from a new point of view. The 195, 196, and 199 bus services also stop within walking distance. Visit Translink to plan your journey.

The Tivoli

Located in the Fortitude Valley, The Tivoli is well known for its events and functions – and what better place to come and have a laugh? The venue is accessible by catching the train to the Fortitude Valley stop and then taking a short walk, or by bus to The Old Museum (Bowen Bridge Rd) or the Jubilee Hotel (Saint Pauls Terrace at Constance Street). See the Translink journey planner for more information.

The Fortitude Music Hall

Another much-loved Brisbane venue for concerts, comedy, and more – the Fortitude Valley Music Hall is the perfect place to relax and be entertained. Take the bus to one of the many bus stops nearby, or take the train to the Fortitude Valley train station for easy access to your night of comedy fun. Visit Translink to plan your journey.

The Shows

Want to see what the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023 has to offer? Head to their website for the full line-up of comedic acts, and more information on the venues and performances.

You can purchase tickets through the website or by heading to Ticketek. To enquire and purchase tickets over the phone, contact the Powerhouse Box Office on +617 3358 8600. Or alternatively, you can buy your tickets in person at the Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office. Remember to only purchase tickets from authorised sellers to avoid disappointment.

When it’s time for the show, arrive early to ensure you make it in good time and get ready for the laughs. Many venues offer food and drink options to enjoy before the show. Doors generally open 15-20 minutes prior to showtime. For more information about your event, check out the FAQ section on the Festival’s website.

Getting Around

While you’re in Brisbane, make the most of your time and see the city! Brisbane’s Airtrain is your link between the Brisbane Airport and the rest of the world. As you arrive at the Brisbane Airport, head to the Airtrain platform and stop in at the Airtrain counter. There you can purchase travel cards, pre-book attractions, and find new and exciting ways to spend your time in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Our services run every 15 minutes in on peak times, and every 30 minutes off peak. Once you board, you will arrive quickly and comfortably from the airport to Brisbane City in 20 minutes. You can disembark at your chosen city station – Airtrain runs express from the Brisbane Airport, and stops at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street, and South Brisbane stations. From there, you can continue on to the Gold Coast, and access buses or trams from Helensvale station.

Once in Brisbane, get around with a go card – just touch on at your station of departure and touch off when you arrive at your destination. The go card is accepted on all Translink transport throughout Greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Or for shorter stays, check out our visitors page to find out about special tourist offer that will allow you to get around.

Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023

A much-anticipated annual event, the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2023 offers fun, frivolity, and plenty of laughs. Attend top class venues to see some of the world’s funniest people perform for your entertainment. As you head to Brisbane for the best in comedy, make your trip easier and travel with Airtrain.