If you’re in need of a good belly laugh, Tuggeranong Arts Centre is the place to be, with its brand new monthly comedy room – Club Sandwich Comedy – kicking off on Friday 15th February, 2019.
Tuggeranong Arts Centre and local comedian Chris Ryan have teamed up to bring comedy to the Valley with a comedy night specifically for Tuggeranong locals so they can kick back, laugh and relax close to home.
“Canberrans love having a local comedy night because it makes the logistics of travel, parking or even assembling a crew of mates or workmates that much easier. Sydney and Melbourne have thriving comedy scenes because they have comedy rooms all over the place – we’re thinking of it as a ‘build it and they will come’ – establish a killer night of comedy and the word will spread,” Ryan said.
Featuring some of Canberra’s favourite funny people and the occasional regional guest, Club Sandwich Comedy is the hottest, newest (and only) comedy room in Tuggeranong and local comedian and show host Chris Ryan, who was selected to tour last year with the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, has hand-picked a diverse and highly experienced line up of funny people to join her for opening night.
“Each comedian brings a different but equally hilarious ingredient to the night. We have nationally recognised performers who happen to be Canberra locals, such as Deadly Funny national finalist, Indigenous comedian Benny Eggmolesse; local favourite Tom Gibson who regularly sells out his Canberra Comedy festival shows; Frances McNair, who won a New Zealand Tour Ready Award from the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival (for her performance with Miriam Slater in the comedy duo Sweaty Pits) and National RAW Comedy finalist Tim Noon.
And the beauty of having such a high calibre of Canberra locals to choose from is that the comedy will have a national standard to it with a taste of local insight. People love hearing jokes about their hometown – it feels kind of special, like you’re on the inside of the joke. I daresay there will be some local observations, possibly quite a few Tuggeranong ones too. And of course, I’m MC and I love having a chat with the audience to bring them along. Sometimes that’s some of the best bits of a comedy night – when someone in the audience chimes in with what they think is a zinger and it’s not, or especially if it is - it’s all part of the comedy,” Ryan said.
Comedy is not new to Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Fan favourites Sean Choolburra and Kevin Kropinyeri have become familiar to local audiences after hosting a number of events at the Centre in recent years. And Chris Ryan introduced her comedic wit to TAC audiences at Fresh Funk’s 18th birthday celebrations last year.
This new comedy night however, creates a designated space for comedy in the Centre’s programming and offers local up-and-coming talent the chance to polish their skills alongside more established names. TAC hopes local audiences will get on down to support these artists and have a hilarious time doing it. And for those considering travelling from further afield, as the Centre’s new promotional t-shirts say, Tuggeranong is closer to Melbourne than Lonsdale Street!
The laughs in Tuggeranong get event bigger when Steph Tisdell, direct from Brisbane, headlines an all-female line-up in Tell It Sisters – an International Women’s Day comedy showcase on Friday 8th March, at 8pm.