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Tom Gleeson announced as Gala host!



We're so excited to announce that The Gala, proudly supporting Oxfam, will be hosted by none other than Tom GleesonAustralia’s comedy night of nights will take place at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda on Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 7.30pm.

The Gala is the most anticipated night on the comedy calendar with wall-to-wall laughs from a huge lineup of local and international stars. It’s an opportunity to laugh alongside Festival legends, discover your new favourite acts and start a shortlist of shows before the Festival officially kicks off from 27 March. This one-off spectacular is not just a great night out, it’s a chance to do some good. After all, laughter is the best medicine (unless you need medicine)!

Oxfam’s ongoing partnership with the Festival has made a difference to the lives of thousands of people, tackling poverty head-on by providing clean water, decent toilets and practical, life-changing solutions for people in need. Tom Gleeson is one of the sharpest minds in Australian comedy.

His stand-up shows are relentlessly hilarious and masterful. Despite his ruthless grillings, he’s still got a lot of love to give!

'I can’t wait to show ABC viewers the funniest comedians from Australia and the world. It has been a dream of mine to host the Gala ever since I was asked to last week' Gleeson said.

Cough up, frock up and rock up! The Gala is sold out, but we encourage you to donate to Oxfam from your couch! ABCTV will broadcast the event on Sunday 31st March at 8.40pm.