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Comics' Corner – August 2021

It's August, Dry season is in full swing and the old social calendar’s filling up. If you’ve got time to spare and are keen to support local, Darwin comedians have your back with some amazing gigs this month.

Scott McGowanNow in its thirteenth year, Scott McGowan (pictured) presents the annual comedians’ event, the Darwin Comedy Cup. Head along to the Happy Yess to watch Darwin’s longest running, most prestigious and yes, only, comedy competition for comedians from the Greater Darwin region. It’s an amazing opportunity to see the cream of the Darwin Comedy crop strutting their stuff in their natural habitat, with a lot of strange behaviours to observe.

Graeme Lewis rolls out two regular gigs again in August. The first is showcase comedy night, G Spot Comedy, at the Landmark in Palmerston, and the second is Just Jokes at Six Tanks in Darwin. Both gigs are proven successes, featuring the talents of local comedians dishing out their hottest material. I am partial to the G Spot Comedy at the dimly lit, downstairs nightclub section of Landmark. It just seems that comedy and sticky floors just go naturally together…

Top End Comedy also returns with two monthly gigs at the Happy Yess band room. The first is creatively titled First Thursdays on the first Thursday of the month. This is always a great night, where comedians are given five minutes of stage time and a theme, and are encouraged to make each other laugh. The second gig is every third Thursday, ambiguously titled The Panel Beaters. It’s a fun game show format hosted by Shalom Kaa, Hot 100’s Brent Watkinson and the always delightful and queen of improvisation, Danielle Andrews. Local comedians try to outwit each other in a range of strange and hilarious games. Always a playful and hilarious night.

On the second Thursday of every month, Leah Potter hosts the Adults Only Comedy Den at Smoke and Oak, and this month, Leah debuts her new show, Shhh. Leah returns again in August to host No Soliciting at Phat Joint in Cullen Bay, which also looks like a good time.

Get amongst it and check out some of Darwin’s super talented local comedians.


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