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Geraldine Hickey Recommends

She took out our top gong last year, so check out who our reigning Most Outstanding Show winner recommends seeing at this year's Fest!

Geraldine Hickey Recommends

She took out our top gong last year, so check out who our reigning Most Outstanding Show winner recommends seeing at this year's Fest!

Zoë Coombs Marr – Dave: The Opener
We haven’t seen Dave since Trigger Warning which is the show that blew so many minds including mine. Watching Zoë as Dave destroy the arguments of tired hack comics with giant chips on their shoulders is truly one of the greatest gifts not just in comedy but in life.

Tina Del Twist – Caravan in the Sky
An hour in the company of Tina Del Twist is sublime. Incredibly funny and she has an utterly captivating voice that when she sings, she makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room but never lonely. I got to see the show in Adelaide, and I hope to go again and again and again.

Josh Earl – Modern Contemporary
I saw a trial of this show and it was amazing. A very funny and moving story that paints a brutally honest yet captivating story of masculinity and working-class families of the early 90s. Also, Josh can dance!

Daniel Connell – Gutless Wonder
I have members of my family that call Daniel “Our Daniel” because they like him so much, they feel they have a sense of entitlement to him. I recommend going with a group of mates because he’s a solid stand up with jokes that you’ll recite to each other for years to come.

Jordan Barr – Dreams
Can’t wait to see this show. Have been working with Jordan a bit recently and I can’t get enough. An effortless style with some very clever jokes. I can’t tell if she gets nervous because she is so chill on stage and off.

Lizzy Hoo – Hoo Cares?
For someone that only started doing stand-up a few years ago Lizzy is an exceptional talent. She’s just properly funny and oozes with confidence without a hint of arrogance. She sold out her entire run last festival and will no doubt do the same this year. Also, she is my ride or die and we went on all the rides in the garden at the Adelaide Fringe two years running.

Rhys Nicholson – Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!
I don’t think there’s many comedians that can command the stage like Rhys does. We didn’t get to see him last year because he was busy overseas being a movie star or something. He is the other comedian that members of my family call their favourite and I’m okay with that.

Alistair Baldwin – Everest
He’s written on some of the best TV shows in this country and I have seen him absolutely destroy on stage. A fascinating story in some good hands.

Greg Larsen – We All Have Bloody Thoughts
Greg’s show last year won the Comedian’s Choice Piece of Wood Award, and it was my favourite show of the festival. He’s been churning out some of the funniest things I’ve seen, read and heard for years now so have no doubt this show will be a ripper.

The Breast of The Fest
As far as line-up shows go this is one of my favourites. Great chance to see some hot new talent as well as a big-name act. Plus, they are very savvy dressers.

You can catch Geraldine Hickey with her full hour this Festival too! Get your ticket here.

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