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Ben Russell

Ben Russell

After years of struggling with addiction Ben uses his new found sobriety as a jump off point to explore his past, his clear-headed present and ask “what’s next?”.

What got him to this point and how do we move on after we’ve taken the first big steps?

An award-winning comedian known as one of Australia's best character performers, Ben Russell is presenting his first hour of stripped back and revealing stand-up. An hilarious, raw and honest account of how Ben navigated the most transformative year of his life.

After years of not being sober, now all Ben has is himself, a microphone and a fresh new hour of raw, hilarious comedy about hope, addiction and love. Back after his 2022 sold old national tour, this is his most raw and honest show ever.

Co-written and directed by creative and life partner Maggie Looke.

'An electric and surreal tour de force.' ★★★★½ The Sydney Morning Herald

'One of our most brilliant comedy talents.' ★★★★ Herald Sun

'This is comedy.' Chortle (UK)

'Unlike anything even the most seasoned festival-goer will have seen before.' ★★★★½ The Age

Suitable for audiences 18+

This show contains: References to self-harm and suicide, Occasional coarse language, References to substance abuse.


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