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Ben Lomas & Josh Earl Apparently

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Ben Lomas & Josh Earl Apparently

In 2016 Josh and Ben started sharing an office space. 

In 2020 they shared countless texts on the “joys” of homeschooling their kids.

And now in 2021 they are sharing the stage… apparently.

Josh and Ben’s drastically different upbringings, parenting styles and coping mechanisms make for a guaranteed hour of non-stop laughs from two of Australia’s best comedians. While Josh has had his fair share of bizarre but true experiences stemming from his parents' hands-off approach to parenting, Ben comes from a very hands-on family. He’s one of these new age dads with a party background trying to survive this thing called life.

Josh is behind the award-winning shows Josh Earl vs. The Australian Women’s Weekly Cake Book and Josh Earl Talks. He hosted a season of Spicks and Specks and has appeared on the MICF Allstars Gala. He is also creator and host of the hugely successful podcast Don’t You Know Who I Am? which has had sell out live shows throughout Australia and more recently ventured into live video format, streaming to audiences across the globe with guests such as Tim Minchin, Kitty Flanagan, Urzula Carlzon and Ross Noble. 

Ben works on some of the best comedy shows such as Mad As Hell, The Front Bar, The Weekly, Hard Quiz and can be seen on the Comedy Channel and Just For Laughs. He is also one half of the hit health hilarity Fitbet podcast with Dilruk Jayasinha, where every week they make fun of each other trying (at times succeeding) to lead a healthier life.

'★★★★★ Brilliant.' The Music

'You’ll want him to stay on stage for another hour as you realise his show is about to come to an end.' Herald Sun

'Lomas had the audience in raptures. ★★★★' The Daily Telegraph

'As refreshing as the day's first double shot espresso. Here is a comic with jokes. Actual jokes.' Herald Sun

Suitable for audiences 18+

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