Civic Theatre to offer plenty of laughs

Aussie comedian Sam Taunton.

If you’re a Novocastrian that loves to laugh, a new line-up of shows at the Civic Theatre will be perfect for you.

With some of Australia’s funniest comedians to be included in four hilarious shows, the venue is set to become Newcastle’s new home of comedy.  

In the coming months the theatre will feature two of the country’s favourite convoys – Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow which will land here on 11 and 12 June, and the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase on 1 October.

Taree comedian and The Block favourite Andy Saunders will saunter into town for the Melbourne Roadshow alongside regular Triple J guest and The Project correspondent Sam Taunton, with more top-class comedians still to be added to the bill.  

The Civic Comedy Club on 25 June and 23 July will also provide another outlet for home-grown humour.

Moving to its new permanent location in the Banquet Room City Hall, the comedy club offers cabaret-style dining, drinks brought to your table and the intimate type of entertainment that makes for a perfect night out.

The club is presented in conjunction with Big Dog Comedy, wrapping up a busy couple of months for the local comedy show organisers after the return of their Newcastle Comedy Festival Gala to Civic Theatre on 28 May.  

Civic Theatre Manager Leonie Wallace says moving the Civic Comedy Club to a permanent home will deliver a perfect blend of food and entertainment within the precinct.  

“The Civic Comedy Club at City Hall rounds out our annual program of first-class comedy offerings on the Civic Theatre main stage, sitting nicely alongside our subscription season comedy blockbusters, the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festival showcases, the Newcastle Comedy Festival, and national comedy treasures such as Carl Barron,” she said.

“This means that if you love comedy, we really do have something for everyone.

“We’re looking forward to seeing these shows bring another of the Civic precinct’s landmark buildings to life with the move to the more intimate space of the Banquet Room.

“With access via a rear laneway off Wheeler Place, and the room staged to take on the vibe of Manhattan’s popular Comedy Cellar, the Civic Comedy Club will give Novocastrians the chance to experience the ambience and unpredictability of the stand-up clubs you find in New York, Los Angeles or Melbourne.”  

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