Our top picks for the Perth Comedy Festival 2018
Take your pick from the world's funniest folk.
For those sinking into the usual autumnal depression, don’t fret - the Perth Comedy Festival is back to re-inject your life with some much needed endorphins. Welcoming over 50 comedians to Perth, the festival kicks off across a number of venues from Monday 23 April to Sunday 20 May. Check out our top picks from this year’s jam-packed line-up, from the Saturday Night Live alumni to some Aussie favourites.
Michael Che - Live
When: Saturday 21 April, 7pm
Where: Astor Theatre
Hailing from the US, check out Michael Che’s stand-up before he becomes the next big thing. A writer and actor in addition to comedian, Che is of Saturday Night Live pedigree; he’s one of the show’s staff writers and co-anchors its famed ‘Weekend Update’ segment. He recently released ‘Michael Che Matters’ on Netflix, an hour-long stand-up special, so check that out for a dose of what’s to come.
Wil Sylvince - Legal Alien
When: Thursday 3 May - Saturday 5 May
Where: Regal Theatre
Another high achiever from the US, Wil Sylvince has featured in everything from Comedy Central US, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and Chris Rock’s hit film Top Five, not to mention having written for Dave Chappelle’s Chappelle’s Show. Oh, and he’s currently the house MC at the world-renowned Comedy Cellar in New York City. I think it’s safe to say if the prolific Sylvince is good enough for Chris Rock, he’s good enough for Perth crowds.
Rosie Waterland - My Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie
When: Saturday 28 April, 3.15pm
Where: State Theatre Centre of WA
Hailing from closer to home, you’re probably already familiar with Sydney’s Rosie Waterland’s razor sharp wit thanks to her notorious recaps of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, aptly titled ‘Rosie Recaps’. Her criminally sarcastic and clever recaps arguably exceeded the popularity of the series, and rest assured Rosie’s humour translates from print to live performances. Grab tickets to My Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie to hear the hilarious musings of the self-proclaimed Anti-Cool Girl and her mother Lisa.
Cal Wilson - Hindsight
When: Friday 4 May - Sat 5 May
Where: Astor Theatre
New Zealander Cal Wilson is back on in Perth with her latest act Hindsight, a reflection on her awful life decisions, from her relationships, jobs, and just the nineties in general. She ponders why people say everything happens for a reason and if you can really learn from your mistakes. Hindsight is bound to be a lightning-quick hour of hilarity and insightful musings, so don’t miss out.
South African Comedy Allstars
When: Friday 18 May - Saturday 19 May
Where: Hellenic Club of WA
Get bang for your buck with five of South Africa’s finest comedians performing in one show. There’ll be South Africa’s ‘First Lady of Comedy’ Tumi Morake; John Vlismas, who was awarded the inaugural ‘Stand Up of the Year Award’; Trevor Noah’s hand picked support acts Robby Collins and Dusty Rich; and two-time South Africans Comics Choice nominee Alfred Adriaan. These allstars were a crowd favourite at last year’s Comedy Festival, so get in early to avoid disappointment.