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The 5:30 Show

The 5:30 Show

The 5:30 Show

Get your night at the Festival off to the right start with our handpicked selection of Australia's rising comedy stars.

Featuring six performers a night, our 2020 line-up includes Harris Stuckey, Ian McCarthy, Stephanie Broadbridge, Anthony Tomic, Emma Holland, Danny Bensley, Chris Ryan, Andrew Bensley, Frankie McNair and a new special guest every show. 

So many bright young comedians... naturally funny... great value.' Herald Sun

'Stellar stand-up showcase.' Beat Magazine

'Comfortable poise and pace.' Chortle (UK)

'The 5:30 Show was the perfect sort of show for anyone looking for a laid-back "surprise me" outing. With its line up of quality emerging comedians, early time slot, central location, and affordable ticket price, it was the sort of show that made the Comedy Festival accessible to audiences that weren't quite sure what they were looking for, and just wanted to have some laughs.' Weekend Notes

Suitable for audiences 16+

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