Comedy @ The Joan
Love a laugh? God knows we need one after the year we’ve just had.
Your host, Frida Deguise, has brought together a cracking line-up for The Joan’s inaugural stand-up comedy season in the Q Theatre with a monthly gig featuring six comics in quick succession over a side-splitting 70 minutes.
Frida Deguise is a rising talent on the Sydney comedy scene. Australia’s first (and only) hijab-wearing Muslim Australian stand-up comedian, Deguise has built a reputation for breaking stereotypes and a fearless pursuit of comic material. The mother of four has featured on such prestigious shows as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and Nazeem Hussain’s Stand Up for Christchurch and is a regular fixture in iconic comedy clubs across the country.
Controversial, sassy and with a brashness tempered perfectly with effortless, joyful charisma she will have you laughing with her and despite yourself until your cheeks hurt.
Cast & Creatives
Frida Deguise / MC
Amanda Gray / Comedian
Julia Wilson / Comedian
Patrick Golamco / Comedian
Harry Jun / Comedian
Peter Meisel / Comedian
29 Oct 2021 7:30 pm
19 Nov 2021 7:30 pm
17 Dec 2021 7:30 pm
The Q Theatre is fitted with a hearing loop for patrons with impaired hearing. A map indicating the best seats for hearing loop access can be downloaded here.
Our theatres are all equipped with space for wheelchairs with strong sight lines and easy access.
Learn more about the comedians
A self-proclaimed ‘Wogan’ (part ‘wog’ – part bogan), this 5ft _? Australian-born, Lebanese Muslim makes up in heart what she lacks in height. She’s gregarious, hilarious and driven by a comedic tenacity and ambition rarely seen in this country. And it’s this absolute passion for comedy that makes Frida such a joy to watch.
One of the few Muslim comedians in Australia this unique, mother-of-four is creating huge waves in the comedy industry and smashing racial stereotypes and cultural divides in the process. Recently, she’s featured on such prestigious shows as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and Nazeem Hussain’s Stand Up for Christchurch and is a regular fixture in iconic comedy clubs across the country.
Hailed as a “super-bitch with brilliant comedic timings and killer jokes”, Amanda Gray is an outrageous stand-up comedian who knows no limits. She’s one of those artists who never fail to surprise you with their audacity and wit, regardless of how many times you’ve watched them perform. When Amanda Gray comes to the stage, you better hold your belly and duck for cover, because she’s going to go on a rampage with her rapid fire, relentless punch lines. Stand her up in a dimly lit pubs bursting with boozed up audience, and things could explode!
No topic is sacred for Amanda Gray and no taboo untouchable. Featuring on the popular online series A Joke’s on Me and Crossing the Line, and with her sell-out show Amanda Gray is the New Black at the Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival.
“Australia’s driest comedian” – Time Out
Julia Wilson doesn’t see the world or live the way most of us do, she has a hell of a lot more fun. An Aussie woman like no other, Julia has headlined comedy events all over the world, thrilling audiences in Australia, Britain, South Africa, Croatia, Germany and Canada, with her own brand of filth. She is not for the faint hearted… you have been warned.
Harry Jun is a keen performer who has performed in venues all over Australia including The Comedy Store, The Chatswood Concourse and The Comedy Lounge in Perth.
A 2019 and 2020 RAW Comedy NSW State Finalist, his comedy has been described as “energetic”, “likeable” and “cheeky”.
“Harry has great material and presents his material with expertise.” – Phillip Aughey, Director of Newcastle Fringe Festival
Patrick Golamco is a Chinese Australian comedian, and proud IT nerd. He brings a unique blend of zippy one liners, and awkward personal stories. A regular on the Sydney scene, he has performed at the Perth Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, MICF and Sydney Comedy festivals. This year, he placed runner-up in the 2020/21 Raw Comedy Competition.
Peter makes people laugh either through his unique sense of humour or by appearing naked. He has headlined and emceed at the legendary Harold Park Hotel, Sydney’s Original Comedy Store, Enmore Theatre, Comedy on Edge, Comedy Corner, the Comedy Cellar, the Basement, the Manly Boat Shed, the Harbourside Brassiere, the Oatley Pub, the Novotel in Wollongong, Master Builder’s Comedy Club in Wollongong, the Crown Hotel in Terrigal, the Orient in Newcastle and Sydney’s Comedy Cruise.
Thao Thanh Cao
Thao’s comedy can be best described as dry, self deprecating and occasionally inappropriate. She has had sold out shows at Sydney Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Winner of Short and Sweet comedy and winner of several open mic contest including Ulladulla Comedy Festival, Smith Alternative open mic Canberra and Crown Comedy Newcastle. She has made audiences local and abroad laugh out loud with her dead pan humour.
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