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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Frontier Comedy are proud to announce the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival, bringing comedians from all over the world for a week of laughs!


It all kicks off on 28 February with the Mardi Gras Comedy Gala; a night of riotous and outrageous laughter hosted by Em Rusciano and Bob Downe.

The evening will feature an incredible line-up of talent including Dixie Longate (USA), Panti Bliss (Ireland), Bridget Everett (USA), Hannah Gadsby, Tom Ballard, Axis of Awesome, Stephen K Amos (UK), Shiralee Hood, Alice Fraser, Neel Kolhatkar, Joel Kim Booster (US), Emma Willmann (US) and more!

There is no better way to kick off Mardi Gras 2017 in style than by joining the biggest line up of comedy stars for a night of rollicking and side-splitting laughter.

Hosted by our very own force of nature Em Rusciano and national treasure Bob Downe, we roll out the red carpet at the Enmore Theatre to bring you a fun filled, glittering and glamorous comedy gala.

7:30pm, Tuesday 28 February @ Enmore Theatre (All Ages) 


The Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss invites you into her gender- discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the makeup – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the National Treasure she is today. 

Hilarious and poignant, High Heels in Low Places is a riotous comedy about life after 'Pantigate' - making movies and making history. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, this is a comedy about a life well lived, in which Panti promises to ‘say the un-sayable.’

9:15pm, Wednesday 1 March @ Enmore Theatre (All Ages) 


Dixie Longate is America's most famous Tupperware Lady. Her unique style of Southern comedy has garnered her a dedicated and raucous fan base across the world. Her interactive shows don't just entertain- they empower the audience to kick some ass and take on the world with a bit of extra strength from her sweet tea. 

The LA Times raved "I was laughing too hard to breathe," at the hilarious Off-Broadway smash, Dixie's Tupperware Party. After a final meeting with her parole officer, Dixie- an ex- con mother of three from a trailer park in Alabama- straightened out her life by selling the iconic plastic bowls. Dixie quickly became the hottest seller in America by throwing the kind of parties you won’t soon forget!

Join Dixie and her booze-filled sippy cup, to learn her alternative uses for what she calls "the most fantastic plastic crap on the planet", in a show which made The Today Show (US) cheer, "This is not your grandmother's Tupperware Party!” Don’t miss Dixie this Mardi Gras! 

7pm, Wednesday 1 March @ Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville (All Ages) 


Bridget Everett has been hailed as "the most exciting performer in New York City" when she was featured on the cover of the Village Voice, and "raw and riotous" by The New York Times. Her film, theatre and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls, Lady Dynamite, Sex And The City, Trainwreck, and Girls. 

Everett has headlined the U.S. extensively and has taken comedy festivals by storm all over the world including: The Oddball Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal's Just For Laughs, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Tenacious D's Festival Supreme, and The San Francisco Sketchfest. 

‘Brace yourself (Melbourne). Bridget Everett is here and you’re about to wonder what hit you. It’s no mean feat to make yourself a must-see with a four-minute slot on a bill with 24 others but Bridget did it with a performance that left host Peter Helliar shaking his head for some time, speechless save for the occasional ‘Wow...’ This is Bridget’s town now. 

8pm, Thursday 2 March @ Max Watts (18+)


Two of Australia's most popular, acclaimed and charmingly controversial stand-up comedians are joining forces for a special one-off Mardi Gras show Joel Creasey and Rhys Nicholson’s GAYmes Night!
Join Joel and Rhys as they force a bevy of celebrities and gay icons to battle each other live on stage in a series of outrageously naughty games.
As Mardi Gras fans themselves they’ve put this show together for one reason… something fun to do before all the clubs open. A little pre-party lubrication, if you will.
Come along, grab a drink and get involved!

7:30pm, Friday 3 March @ The Seymour Centre