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What's on the at the Austral (in Alphabetical Order)

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COMEDY
8pm - Bunka

AAAAAAAARGH! IT'S THE BEST OF FRINGE COMEDY FROM THE UK
After six sell-out years, The Laughing Horse returns to Adelaide with more of the finest UK comedians to hit the Fringe.
Featuring a sensational smorgasbord of comedic talent every night, there are four different comedians at each show, picked from venues all around the Fringe. There will be the best of the UK comedians who are in Adelaide, alongside occasional guests from the International comedy circuit, all of which have appeared at Laughing Horse shows at Festivals in the UK, Europe, America, Asia and Australia. There’s also different line-up each night – so you can come back more than once to see a different selection.
"Cracking Comedy Selection" ★★★★★ (Cream of the Fringe UK).
“A fantastic variety and well-paced hour of comedy” (Yawp Magazine, Melbourne)
“Kept the Crowd well Entertained – Ace” ★★★★ (Rip It Up, Adelaide)
“A Fantastic Night of Comedy… I love these shows, the quality never slips” ★★★★ (Three Weeks Magazine, UK)
★★★★ (Herald Sun, Melbourne) "A great way to sample a variety of comedians” ★★★★ (The Skinny Magazine, UK)

Feb 17 - March 19 (Not Mondays) - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

Line-Ups will appear here in February

COMEDY
4.30pm - Bunka

AFTERNOON FRINGE SHOWCASE: BEST OF FRINGE COMEDY AND CABARET
The best of Fringe Comedy and Cabaret is selected for you in a relaxed and entertaining afternoon show, packed full of laughs, entertainment and much more.
There's a different line-up of international and Australian performers every day, selected from the best acts performing at venues around the Fringe.
Resident host Nik Coppin introduces the acts, in the comfort of the Austral’s air-conditioned Bunka, making this one of the most chilled-out ways to spend an afternoon watching top-class Fringe entertainment. There's also meals available, and a private bar. What better way is there to get your Fringe weekends started?

Sats & Suns Feb 18/19, 25/26, Mar 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

Line-Ups will appear here in February

COMEDY
5.45pm - Bunka

BATTLE OF THE SUPERHEROES - THE GREAT SUPERHERO DEBATE
Following it's huge debut success in 2015, many comedians converge again in Adelaide to find out who is the greatest superhero of them all. With a mixture of stand-up comedy and interactive debate, this fun show can be enjoyed by geeks and non-geeks in equal measure.
With the huge success of The Avengers and the Batman trilogy, the return of the Amazing Spider-Man and Superman movies, and Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine making the A-list to name but a few, superheroes have never been so popular. We won't talk about the Fantastic Four movie though.
But who is the best?
Be part of this interactive, fun (but deadly serious!) comedy debate as a compere, adjudicator and four of the best comedians from around the Fringe converge in a verbal war of words in an endeavour to find out who is the greatest of them all.
★★★★ "Such a fun and entertaining night. There are games in between rounds and prizes to be won. Even if you know nothing about superheroes, as I did, it is immensely funny to watch people pull “facts” out of their behind and make them sound possibly factual. A Super fun night!" (Clothesline)

Sats & Suns Feb 18/19, 25/26, Mar 4/5, 11/12. The FINAL: Mar 18 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

CHILDREN'S
12.30pm, Bunka

BALLOONATICS
Nothing's better than balloons, ok maybe bubbles. But we love balloons. Expect energetic chaos and loads of laughs for kids and adults. There will be heaps of balloon modelling, but remember the Balloonatics army motto, you don't have to be good at something for it to be fun.

Balloonatics blew up at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and arrives in Adelaide with a BANG! This is not your average family show, this is a comedy show primarily aimed at children, but has adults walking away with bigger smiles than their kids.

Chris is an accomplished comedian from Scotland, who set out to write a show that made families look up from their phones, brought kids young and old to the same level and reminding everyone how much fun life is when you don't take things too seriously.

★★★★★ "Phenomenally funny" Huffington Post
★★★★ "Undeniably entertaining" Broadway Baby
"Energetic and friendly" Adelaide Advertiser
"Recommended Show" Fringe Review "Pitched perfectly" Children's Choice Awardee.

SAT/SUNS Feb 18/19, 25/26, Mar 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

 
CHILDREN'S
3.15pm - Bunka

BEST OF ADELAIDE FRINGE: KIDS AND FAMILY SELECTION
Why should Mums & Dads get all the fun at the Fringe?

The producers of sell-out hit 'Best of Adelaide Fringe' bring this new family friendly & kids selection show to Adelaide, with the very best in Comedy and Variety.

It's an ever changing line-up of stand-up, sketch, cabaret and more performers, chosen from venues around the Fringe and different at every show, each weekend afternoon of the Fringe!

It's Fun, it's exciting, it's hilarious. It's the perfect show for all the family. And it's in a fabulous air-conditioned room, to keep everyone cool in the afternoon while you enjoy the entertainment.

Sats & Suns Feb 18/19, 25/26, Mar 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
9.15pm, Bunka

BEST OF THE BEST
No themes, no gimmicks, just an hour of Scotland's largest comedy promoter's favourite comedians.

★★★★★ "Local and international comedians drawn together for a big night of gut-busting laughter and the odd train wreck." Adelaide Advertiser
★★★★★ "One of the best Fringe experiences out there." Ripitup.com.au
★★★★★ "Hilarious" (Broadway Bay).

Previous HaHa Comedy acts include Ross Noble, Stephen K Amos, Jim Jefferies, Greg Fleet, Adam Hills, Randy The Puppet and Scotsman Alan Anderson.

Feb 17 - March 19 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
7pm, Bunka

BIG VALUE EDINBURGH COMEDY
Edinburgh's longest running & biggest selling showcase comes to Australia for the first time, introducing reigning English, Irish & Scottish Comedian Of The Year winners.

This is the show that first took Sarah Millican, Stephen K Amos, Jason Manford, Greg Burns, Milton Jones & Jim Jeffries to EdFringe.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Cabaret at its best" Scotsman

"Top value, top comedy" List

Sundays-Wednesdays, Feb 19 - Mar 19 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
7pm, Bunka

COMEDY PUB CRAWL
Total Sell out 2001-15. "One of the best Fringe experiences ★★★★★" (Ripitup).
A "festival institution" (Scottish Evening Times) which always sells out fast! Get yer walkin' boots on and join the mob as we navigate you through four bars. A surprise top-class comedian in each venue, Make friends, have fun.
Trust the Scots to come up with the ultimate night of comedy and drinking. A pub crawl with a twist. Form part of a gang stomping around four bars, a different comedian in each venue. Alan Anderson comperes. "Hilarious" Chortle.

THUR-SAT - Feb 17-18, 23-25, Mar 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

CHILDREN'S
11am Bunka

DISCO KIDS
Best Kids Show runner up 2015. Fully Air Conditioned Venue. Funkiest, coolest dance party for kids and parents. Real club DJs spin classic disco, funk & club mashups with added bubbles and games.

Mocktails, smoke machines, disco balls and even a proper bar for the adults. Grab your lunch in the main bar or beer garden before the show. Did we mention the AIR CONDITIONING?

"Jam packed full of funky groovin' music for the family... Massive hit for the pre-schoolers. Even the adults were up dancing" Rip It Up ★★★★★

Feb 18, 19, 25, 26 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
7.15pm, Red Rom

ENGLISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR: JOSH PUGH
This emerging comic won more UK comedy competitions in the past 12 months than anyone else, topping it by beating 300 of the UK's top circuit acts to be crowned English Comedian of the year.

"Excellent writing packed full of short, quirky jokes from a peculiarly offbeat mind.” (Chortle)

"A keen comic mind at work." (London Standard)

Feb 17-Mar 19 (Not Mon or Weds) - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
6.15pm, Red Rom

IRISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR: STEVE BENNETT
The hottest new comedian from Ireland for decades ★★★★★.
Winner - Show me the Funny 2014.
Winner - Best Newcomer, U.K. Musical Comedy Awards, 2014.
Winner - Buskfactor Busking Competition 2015.
And of course the winner of Ireland’s inaugural comedian of the year competition.
"An adept entertainer with an engagingly wry sense of humour… audience loved every minute” Chortle.
“Hilarious” Advertiser.ie.

Feb 17-Mar 19 (Not Mon or Weds) - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
1.45pm, Bunka

LAUGH WITH BABY
Babies, toddlers, stressed new parents swilling bottles of wine and some top Fringe comedians... what could possibly go wrong? It’s just like baby cinema but with real live comedians instead of a screen. The perfect afternoon out for new families.
We don’t care if the wee ones cry, scream, or interrupt the comedian by toddling up onto the stage. If you want to change a nappy or breastfeed then that’s fine too. Adult orientated comedy for adults without babysitters.
Only suitable for families with children under 2yrs.

FRI, SATS, SUNS & TUES: Feb 17-Mar 19 - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
9.45pm -  Red Room

NIK COPPIN - GLOBETROTTER
British comedian Nik Coppin returns to the Adelaide Fringe with a solo show and some new hilarious anecdotes and jokes from his many shows and journeys around the world. A well-travelled stand-up comedian, his comedic exploits have taken him to the far reaches of the USA, Canada, all over Europe, Southeast Asia as well New Zealand and Australia.

"A rapid fire non-stop act full of energy. His hour went so quick, his charming smile and easy manner had the audience eating out of his hand and wanting more. Go and see him" ★★★★ - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
"Fast and funny...The audience loved it...Sweetly, wildly hilarious" ★★★★ - Rip It Up, Adelaide Fringe
"The crowds loved him from the second he started!" ★★★★ - Comedy Club Asia, Singapore
"Imaginative and hilarious, Coppin delivers at breakneck speed and with irresistible charisma. The audience were smitten and in stitches." ★★★★★ - The Comedy Club Cambodia

Tue, Wed, Thur Nights - Feb 21-23, Feb28-Mar 2, Mar 7-9, 14-16  - FREE SHOW, NO TICKETS NEEDED

COMEDY
8.30pm, Red Room

SCOTTISH COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR: ROSCO MCLELLAND
Twice nominated Best Newcomer at Scottish Comedy Awards, now Scottish Comedian of the Year.

★★★★★ “Unquestionable shades of Billy Connolly, engaging attention to detail offset by some lovely, slightly surreal touches. His main story is a cracker. A worthy winner, he was the unequivocal choice of the five judges.” Chortle.

“So laid back he’s almost horizontal.” Scotsman.

“Natural talent” TV Bomb. .font>

Feb 17-Mar 19 (Not Mon or Weds) - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

COMEDY
9.45pm - Red Room

SHAGGERS
The world's cheekiest comedy show returns to the Adelaide Fringe with a revolving line-up of the best male and female comedians at the festival, doing material about everybody's favourite subject: Shagging!
A regular fixture at festivals and fringes worldwide, the shagging pandas return to Adelaide with more hilarious comedians for your saucy entertainment, after sell-out shows at festivals across the UK, Asia and Australia.
Boy, girls, gay and straight comedians all step up for the changing mixed bill show about what can go right, but more usually wrong in the subtle art of shagging.
"Spectacular...amazing. The perfect way to close a night at The Fest" ★★★★★ (Funny Tonne, Melbourne)
"A brilliant tour-de-force of laughter-filled mischievous comedy” ★★★★★ (Arts-In-Leicestershire, UK)
"Excellent" ★★★★★ (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
“Possibly the best value show at the festival. Cannot recommend it enough" ★★★★ (Herald Sun, Melbourne)
"Comedy Gold. A damn fun time" ★★★★ (Adelaide Now)

Fri/Sat Nights - Feb 17/18, 24/25, Mar 3/4, 10/11, 17/18  - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS