We've all heard that laughter is the best medicine, so we thought that now, during a global pandemic, is the perfect time to round up our favourite Aussie comedians who can provide a laugh or fifty. Is this some kind of geographical nepotism? Probably, but I think we'd all agree that Australians are pretty funny. So, in alphabetical order (we're not trying to show too much favouritism), we're spotlighting some of our favourite homegrown comedy talent.
As you may have figured out by now, we at TIX love all things live entertainment and pop culture. Perhaps this is why we have such a soft spot for Andrew McClelland; not only is he an award-winning comedian, he's also a DJ! He was even Cher's official (and only) support act for her last Aus/NZ tour in 2018. So whether you're looking for a laugh or some great tunes, Andrew McClelland is your man. Next month he'll be combining his comedic and musical talents in his latest live-streamed show Andrew McClelland's Mix Tape.
Dave Hughes, or more affectionately known as 'Hughesy', is one of those comedians that any Australian should be able to recognise (either by his gap-toothed smile or distinctive voice). Whether he's helping the general public with their bizarre questions or unmasking disguised singing celebrities, Hughesy definitely knows how to make us laugh. If you love seeing him on TV or hearing him on the radio, then you don't want to miss your chance to catch one of his live stand-up performances.
Hamish & Andy
The world is full of wonderful pairings: fish and chips, milk and cookies, bacon and eggs, but our absolute favourite (non-edible) combination has to be Hamish & Andy. These two have left us crying with laughter from their absurd antics on both radio and television over the years. From their prank calls to their world travels, Hamish & Andy take things to a whole new level of ridiculous. We were pretty bummed when we heard they were quitting radio, but it was a worthwhile sacrifice to see more of them on TV.
Hannah Gadsby first found fame in 2006, when she won the national final of Raw Comedy's competition for new comedians. However, it wasn't until 2018 that she gained a wider international audience with her Netflix stand-up show Nannette. Hannah Gadsby has a fantastic talent for not only making audiences laugh, but for getting them to think about complex issues. Much of her success has come from her ability to deconstruct the workings of live comedy and discussing her experiences of homophobia and misogyny. If you need a little more Hannah Gadsby in your life, check out her latest Netflix special Douglas.
Perhaps one of the best ways to describe Jim Jeffries is that he's a bit 'rough around the edges'. He's never been one to hide this, in fact he's pretty open about his various 'discretions'. Jeffries gained international popularity after going viral with his stand-up commentary on gun control. Since then, he's continued to make us laugh with his crude routines and political observations. Jeffries' latest stand-up special Intolerant is now on Netflix.
Jude Perl has been described as a cross between Katy Perry and Tim Minchin, as she couples her profound social commentary with upbeat tunes. With her witty lyrics and vocal chops, it should come as no surprise that she's won three consecutive Green Room Awards for Best Original Songs and the Best Cabaret award at Melbourne Fringe. She does seem to have a slightly American accent, but she's an Aussie by all accounts. Either way, it wouldn't be the first time that Australia claimed a successful foreigner as one of our own. Catch Jude Perl later this month for her live streamed event!
The Katering Show
The TIX team are huge foodies, so you can be sure that a comedic 'cooking' show is right up our alley. Food intolerant Kate McCartney and the intolerably smug Kate McLennan's side-splitting YouTube series pokes fun at food culture and diet fads, one terrible recipe at a time. From food allergies to Instant Pots, no one and nothing is sacred. And with 72% of the TIX team having some kind of food intolerance or dietary requirement, we feel totally attacked. If you're after more laughs from the two Kates after you binge through the two seasons of The Katering Show, you can catch them on Get Krack!n on ABC iview or their podcast Only Wrong Answers.
If you've learned anything so far, it's that Australia sure knows how to breed comedic talent. Lawrence Mooney is a 'prime' example, with many knowing him best for his Malcom Turnbull impersonations. In 2011, he won the Best Comedy Award at Melbourne Fringe and even made it to the semi-finals of US show Last Comic Standing. He's done countless radio gigs and TV appearances, each one more funny than the last. So if you need a bit more humour in your life, check out one of his stand-up shows later this year. We hear it's going to be an absolute 'Beauty'.
There's no way that we could make this list without including sketch comedy legend Magda Szubankski, or as we'll always know her, Sharon from Kath and Kim. From marrying Shane Warne to pashing Heath Ledger, Magda has been making us laugh for years with her hilarious character acting. She's gone on to star in films, musical theatre, UberEats ads with Kim K and even authored her own award-winning memoir. Honestly, how can you not absolutely love Magda?
Nazeem Hussain is a comic, actor and writer; in short, he can pretty much do it all. Nazeem is best known for creating and starring in television comedy shows Legally Brown and Orange is the New Brown. He also starred on both seasons of Bill Nye Saves the World and was invited to perform at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival. Nazeem calls out islamophobia and racism in pretty much all of his comedic work and the results are absolutely side-splitting.
We would pretty much be committing treason if we didn't include Tim Minchin on this list. There really isn't anyone quite like him – Tim's musical comedy has been met with critical success and a legion of doting fans. He's released CDs, DVDs, performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and even composed the music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical. One of our favourite Tim Minchin roles is his portrayal of unhinged rockstar Atticus Fetch in the TV show Californication – this one is definitely worth a binge-watch (but make sure the kids have gone to bed first).
Tommy Little: Little in name, big in comedy, (sorry, we'll leave the jokes to the comedians). Anyway, Tommy Little has been making us laugh both on camera and behind the scenes for years. He actually got his start writing for Channel 31's talk show Studio A, hosted by Dave Thornton. After the program won two Antenna Awards, Little was promoted to show host, and the rest has been history. He's since performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, co-hosted a radio show and been a panelist on The Project. Catch Tommy Little later this year on his stand-up tour.
Need more laughs? Check out all the comedy available live and online on TIX. Or, if you want to know what it takes to put on a comedy show, Carrie Hardie from Serious Comedy talks the biz side of showbiz.