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Frontier Comedy, in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, are proud to announce the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival!

The first of its kind, the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival will bring comedians from all over the world to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for a week of laughs this February and March.

It all kicks off on 28 February with the first ever Mardi Gras Comedy Gala; a night of riotous and outrageous laughter hosted by Em Rusciano and Bob Downe. The evening will feature an incredible lineup of talent including Dixie Longate (US), Panti Bliss (IRE), Bridget Everett (US), Hannah Gadsby, Tom Ballard, Axis of Awesome, Stephen K Amos (UK), Shiralee Hood, Alice Fraser, Neel Kolhatkar, Joel Kim Booster (US), Emma Willmann (US) and more!

Following the Comedy Gala will be a week of solo shows from six world class acts. Celebrating the 2017 Mardi Gras theme of ‘creating equality’, there will be something for everyone with headline shows from the (drag) Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss, outrageous cabaret icon Bridget Everett, America’s most famous Tupperware lady Dixie Longate, author/singer/comedian extraordinaire Em Rusciano, and a ‘Gaymes Night’ hosted by razor sharp Rhys Nicholson and acid tongue prince Joel Creasey.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. It captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQI+ and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and self-expression.

Frontier Comedy are thrilled to join forces with Mardi Gras in 2017 to bring the very best from the world of comedy down under to celebrate love, diversity & pride.

Please see below for short blurbs and listing information.


MARDI GRAS COMEDY GALA
FEBRUARY 2017

Presented by Frontier Comedy in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

There is no better way to kick off Mardi Gras 2017 in style than by joining the biggest line up of comedy stars for a night of rollicking and side-splitting laughter.

Hosted by our very own force of nature Em Rusciano and national treasure Bob Downe, we roll out the red carpet at the Enmore Theatre to bring you a fun filled, glittering and glamorous comedy gala.

Hosts: Em Rusciano and Bob Downe
Featuring: Dixie Longate (US), Panti Bliss (IRE), Bridget Everett (US), Hannah Gadsby, Tom Ballard, Axis of Awesome, Stephen K Amos (UK), Shiralee Hood, Alice Fraser, Neel Kolhatkar, Joel Kim Booster (US), Emma Willmann (US) and more!

TOUR DETAILS
FRONTIER TOURING & MARDI GRAS MEMBERS PRE-SALE via frontiercomedy.com/mardigras
Begins: Tue 29 Nov (12noon AEDT)
Ends: Wed 30 Nov (12noon AEDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON-SALE
From: Fri 2 Dec (12noon AEDT)

Tue 28 Feb (7.30pm) Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

frontiercomedy.com/mardigras | facebook.com/frontiertouring

Twitter @frontiertouring | Instagram @frontiertouring


PANTI BLISS (IRE)
HIGH HEELS IN LOW PLACES
MARCH 2017

Presented by THISISPOPBABY & Frontier Comedy in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the makeup – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the National Treasure she is today.

Hilarious and poignant, High Heels in Low Places is a riotous comedy about life after ‘Pantigate’ – making movies and making history. Charting brushes with infamy, near misses with fame, and adventures in the seedy underbelly, this is a comedy about a life well lived, in which Panti promises to ‘say the un-sayable.’

★★★★★ ‘courageous and hilariously honest…fabulously entertaining’Ed Fest Mag (UK)

★★★★★ ‘funny, level-headed, thought-provoking’ – TV Bomb (UK)

★★★★★ ‘exquisitely tart-tongued comedy…electrically revealing and masterful.’ – The Irish Times (UK)

TOUR DETAILS

FRONTIER TOURING & MARDI GRAS MEMBERS PRE-SALE via frontiercomedy.com/pantibliss
Begins: Tue 29 Nov (12noon AEDT)
Ends: Wed 30 Nov (12noon AEDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON-SALE
From: Fri 2 Dec (12noon AEDT)

Wed 01 Mar (9.15pm) Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

facebook.com/panti | Twitter @pantibliss | Instagram @pantibliss


DIXIE LONGATE (US)
DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY
MARCH 2017

Presented by Frontier Comedy in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Dixie Longate is America’s most famous Tupperware Lady. Her unique style of Southern comedy has garnered her a dedicated and raucous fan base across the world. Her interactive shows don’t just entertain- they empower the audience to kick some ass and take on the world with a bit of extra strength from her sweet tea.  

The LA Times raved “I was laughing too hard to breathe,” at the hilarious Off-Broadway smash, Dixie’s Tupperware Party. After a final meeting with her parole officer, Dixie- an ex-con mother of three from a trailer park in Alabama- straightened out her life by selling the iconic plastic bowls.  Dixie quickly became the hottest seller in America by throwing the kind of parties you won’t soon forget!

Join Dixie and her booze-filled sippy cup, to learn her alternative uses for what she calls “the most fantastic plastic crap on the planet”, in a show which made The Today Show (US) cheer, “This is not your grandmother’s Tupperware Party!” Don’t miss Dixie this Mardi Gras!

‘Pure theatrical bliss!’ – nytheatre.com

‘Too funny a show to miss.’ – Broadway World

‘COMIC GOLD! Brilliant improvisation’ – Orange County Register

TOUR DETAILS

FRONTIER TOURING & MARDI GRAS MEMBERS PRE-SALE via frontiercomedy.com/dixielongate
Begins: Tue 29 Nov (12noon AEDT)
Ends: Wed 30 Nov (12noon AEDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON-SALE
From: Fri 2 Dec (12noon AEDT)

Wed 01 Mar (7.00pm) Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

dixiestupperwareparty.com | facebook.com/dixielongateFans

Twitter @dixielongate | Instagram @dixielongate


BRIDGET EVERETT (US)
POUND IT
MARCH 2017

Presented by Frontier Comedy in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Bridget Everett has been hailed as “the most exciting performer in New York City” when she was featured on the cover of the Village Voice, and “raw and riotous” by The New York Times. Her film, theatre and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls, Lady Dynamite, Sex And The City, Trainwreck, and Girls.

Everett has headlined the U.S. extensively and has taken comedy festivals by storm all over the world including:  The Oddball Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, HBO’s Aspen United States Comedy Arts, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme, and The San Francisco Sketchfest.

‘Brace yourself (Melbourne). Bridget Everett is here and you’re about to wonder what hit you. It’s no mean feat to make yourself a must-see with a four-minute slot on a bill with 24 others but Bridget did it with a performance that left host Peter Helliar shaking his head for some time, speechless save for the occasional ‘Wow…’ This is Bridget’s town now. You’re just living in it.’ – Herald Sun

‘…Everett is a force of nature, compelling, hilarious and terrifying, often at the same time…absolutely riveting.’ – London Evening Standard (UK)

‘Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you’ve got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett.’ – New York Times (US)

TOUR DETAILS

FRONTIER TOURING & MARDI GRAS MEMBERS PRE-SALE via frontiercomedy.com/bridgeteverett
Begins: Tue 29 Nov (12noon AEDT)
Ends: Wed 30 Nov (12noon AEDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON-SALE
From: Fri 2 Dec (12noon AEDT)

Thu 02 Mar (8.00pm) Max Watts | Sydney, NSW (18+)
oztix.com.au | Ph: 1300 762 545

bridgeteverett.net | facebook.com/bridgeteverettofficial

Twitter @bridgeteverett | Instagram @bridgeteverett


EM RUSCIANO
EM RUSCIANO’S BIG MARDI GRAS COMEDY PODCAST
MARCH 2017

Presented by Frontier Comedy in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Australia’s Number 1 Podcast Queen Em Rusciano brings a very special one-off comedy Podcast. Be a part of the live audience as Em chats with the biggest names and teases out their most outrageous secrets in her trademark big, bold and engaging style.

There will be surprise guests, sequins, stories and no doubt some high quality singing.. This is a no script, no rules, anything could happen, unrepeatable, seat of the pants show. Do not miss it.

TOUR DETAILS

FRONTIER TOURING & MARDI GRAS MEMBERS PRE-SALE via frontiercomedy.com/emrusciano
Begins: Tue 29 Nov (12noon AEDT)
Ends: Wed 30 Nov (12noon AEDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC ON-SALE
From: Fri 2 Dec (12noon AEDT)

Wed 01 Mar (8.00pm) Max Watts | Sydney, NSW (18+)
oztix.com.au | Ph: 1300 762 545

emrusciano.com.au | facebook.com/emruscianoofficial

Twitter @emrusciano | Instagram @emrusciano

 

For further MEDIA information please contact Molly Taylor | molly@frontiercomedy.com | 03 9695 7859