Hobart to host new comedy festival in 2024

Building on Hobart’s strong local comedy scene and presented by the team behind Dark Mofo, the new festival will run for three days in March next year.
Hobart Festival of Comedy. Image is of a man wearing a lot of makeup and sporting a huge open mouthed grin, while standing in a blue strobing spotlight.

The newly announced Hobart Festival of Comedy will run from 22–24 March, with headliners including a mix of international and mainland acts including South African-raised, New Zealand-based Urzila Carlson, Irish comedian Ed Byrne and Victoria’s Geraldine Hickey, winner of the award for most outstanding show at the 2021 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

The Festival is presented by DarkLab, the team behind Dark Mofo (which is on hiatus in 2024) and will take over the whole In The Hanging Garden precinct (The Odeon Theatre, Altar and Cathedral, the latter operating as a free-entry festival hub featuring pop-up performances) in central nipaluna/Hobart across its three-day run.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts