After a hugely successful season last year, the GC Laughs Festival is back for a hilarious week of rib-tickling comedy at HOTA between 14 and 21 March 2020.
The festival features a huge line-up of the biggest international, national, and local talent, guaranteed to deliver plenty of belly laughs. GC Laughs Festival Co-Directors, Josh Armstrong and Craig Ivanoff, said they are excited to bring the festival back in 2020.
“We are still reeling from the success of our inaugural GC Laughs earlier this year. 7000 tickets were sold, and it was clear that the Gold Coast embraced a stand-alone comedy festival,” said Craig.
“This year’s Festival is going to be bigger, better and somehow, even funnier than the first. We have some of the best and most unique performers in Australia and from around the world back on stage for a wild week at HOTA,” said Josh.
Highlights include the return of Australian comedian Joel Creasy after his massive sell out at the first festival, as well as other homegrown names including Becky Lucas, Heath Franklin’s Chopper and Gen Fricker.
Em Rusciano, one of Australia’s most well-rounded performers is also a program highlight this year, set to thrill audiences with her charismatic stage presence in an up-close and intimate show – Unplugged and Unhinged – on 20 March.
GC Laughs will get hot and heavy with The Very Good Looking Initiative’s Hot Department | Open For Business, on 19 March. The masters of sketch comedy, Honor Wolff and Patrick Durnan, will bring the house down with this ridiculous and outrageous, yet hilarious show by the sexually dysfunctional duo.
Celebrated stand-up comedian, Aaron Gocs, makes his GC Laughs debut on 21 March. Stepping away from traditional stand-up and delving into the world of late-night TV talk shows, Aaron’s unique and individual style is set to have the crowd in stitches for his up-close and personal Basement show featuring music, games, trivia and jokes.
UK’s marvellous James Veitch and Mark Watson, South Africa’s hilarious Dusty Rich and Scotland’s finest, Larry Dean, lead the way for international performers with New Zealand’s Jeremy Corbett hosting The Absolutely Mint Show – a gala night featuring some New Zealand’s best, such as Melanie Bracewell and Ben Hurley.
Catch some of the Festival’s best local and international talent after-hours with Late Laughs. From 10pm on 20 and 21 March, Late Laughs will deliver crazy, fast-paced, quick-witted comedy with fresh line-ups and special guest hosts for those who like their giggles after dark.
HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, was delighted that the inaugural GC Laughs festival was so successful and is looking forward to it returning to HOTA in 2020. “We loved seeing HOTA full of people enjoying the first GC Laughs Festival last year. It’s clear that Gold Coasters really love comedy and this festival, with its impressive line-up of international, national and local talent, is a great addition to the event calendar each year,” said Criena.
GC Laughs Festival lands at HOTA 14 to 21 March. For more information, visit gclaughs.com.au.