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Kirsty and Amy: The Comedy Road Trip

Comedians Amy Hetherington and Kirsty Webeck first met at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), where they were playing at the same venue. It wasn’t long before they were firm friends.

When comedians hit it off, things must get pretty hilarious, for soon the pair were planning an outback road trip together, Thelma and Louise style.

“I guess initially it was just a drunken conversation where the two of us were like, ‘we should totally do a tour.’ Then I got back to Darwin and called her and said, ‘actually let’s do that,’” says Hetherington.

Darwin comedy fans will know Hetherington for her Darwin Festival show Terminally Positive and her myriad of MC gigs, not to mention her stand-up and appearances in the annual NT comedy show Laugh It Off.

In her hometown of Melbourne, Webeck is also a rising star, with performances at the Adelaide Fringe, a successful 2017 MICF run and invitations to speak as an LGBTIQ rights activist.

“We’ve both got sort of similar styles in the way that we do comedy. We’re both storytellers but with very different backgrounds – she’s single and doing crazy things in Melbourne and I’m a married homeowner from Darwin, so we’ve got really different worlds but I think it’s going to be fun for a comedy show,” says Hetherington.

As they take their comedy tour “up the guts” through Alice, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin, the pair will include local comedy acts in the gigs – or in the case of Katherine, provide an open mic for anyone who wants to have a go.

So really, the road trip is the only Thelma and Louise part of the show?

“We don’t have a convertible fancy car,” confesses Hetherington. “We’ve just got the X-Trail and hopefully we don’t kill anyone either.” 

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