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Fresh Comedy 2019


Don’t miss all the action on the KPMG stage from 7.30pm - 10.15pm! 

Fresh Comedy brings the funny to Festivale with a stellar line up of comedic talent, featuring Tassie’s funniest folks and headlined by Australian Comedy legends Dave O'Neil, Fiona O'Loughlin and Randy.

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Dave O’Neil has been in the business of comedy for over 20 years and is one of Australia’s most recognisable stand-up comics, having performed at 16 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and at dozens of comedy clubs nationally.

On screen you will have seen Dave as Team Captain in the ABC TV comedy quiz show Tractor Monkeys, as well as dishing out life advice in The Agony of Life, The Agony of Modern Manners, The Agony of The Mind, Can of Worms, plus messing about on Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight and Good News Week. He is probably most well known for the honour of being the guest with the most appearances (over 50) on ABC TV’s ever popular Spicks & Specks.

As well as his stand up and television career, Dave is a skilled radio broadcaster, and has been a part of successful teams on Nova 100 (with Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes), Vega 91.5/Classic Rock FM (with Sean Micallef, Denise Scott, Chrissie Swan and Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson), and most recently on ABC Radio Melbourne.

He has written several books, including his latest The Summer of ’82, and Everything Tastes Better Crumbed… and other BIG Statements. Dave has written and acted in films (including starring alongside Eric Bana in ‘The Nugget’), and contributed to numerous sketch comedy shows.

Dave’s observational humour and genuine humility has also made him a much sought after MC and corporate entertainer.

“An atmosphere some comedians would kill to be able to generate, sitting in Dave O’Neil’s audience is genuinely to feel like you’ve stumbled into a relaxed conversation among friends… there’s an engaging affability… unprepossessingly good-spirited fun.” Chortle

“One of our most accomplished stand-ups” - The Age

 Dave O'Neil



A veteran of the Australian Entertainment Industry with a massive following both here and overseas, Fiona O’Loughlin is one of the most in demand comedians in this country.

A late starter; but with an award winning career of almost 15 years, Fiona plays to packed houses in venues and festivals across the globe. Winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s (MICF) Best Newcomer Award in 2001 – her career has gone from strength to strength ever since. In 2006 she took home the coveted MICF Piece of Wood, an award for funniest show as voted for by other comedians. In 2007 and 2008 she was nominated for the MICF’s Barry Award for Best Show. And in 2013, Fiona was awarded Adelaide Comedy’s Best Visiting Comedian award.

Fiona has also taken her unique story-based comedy to LA headlining the world-renowned Improv Comedy Club. In addition to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, performing at Edinburgh Fringe (the world’s largest Arts Festival) Montreal’s prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and the UK’s oldest, Leicester Comedy Festival.

As well as a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Fiona O’Loughlin is an accomplished writer and TV presenter. Having appeared on shows like Sunrise (Network 7), Good News Week (Network Ten), Spicks and Specks (ABC), Dirty Laundry (ABC), Celebrity Apprentice (Nine) as well as Network 10’s inaugural Melbourne International Comedy Festival All Stars Gala countless times.

Most recently, the award-winning national documentary series Australian Story filmed an episode on Fiona, which rated over 1.3 million viewers (an epic achievement for Australian Television).

In recent years Fiona has overcome a well-documented ‘battle with the bottle’. This, like the other aspects of her life, has become ‘material’ for her stand-up. And Fiona is even funnier sober.

“O’Loughlin has a gorgeous presence… Radioactively funny.” – The Age, Melbourne
“Don’t Miss Her!” – The Sunday Mail
“My stomach muscles are still aching … this woman is really, really, really funny” – The Sunday Age
“You’d have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy it. ★★★★ – March 2015 Herald Sun

Fiona O'Loughlin 


A regular on Australian television screens (The Yearly with Charlie Pickering, The Chaser's Media Circus, Spicks and Specks and Good News Week), Randy spends a lot of time writing and touring with his musical partner in crime, Sammy J.

Together they have hosted the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, appeared on Q&A and The Project, written and toured live shows such as Bin Night, The Inheritance and Sammy J and Randy Land, performed a few times at The Sydney Opera House, released an album and a couple of DVDs, got nominated for a couple of ARIAs and featured on the Neil Patrick Harris Gala at the 2015 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.

In 2010 Randy and Sammy J created Ricketts Lane, which won Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and went on to become a television series of the same name, airing on ABC TV in Australia, Seeso in the US and Netflix in the UK. 

In 2016 Randy Writes a Novel was nominated for best comedy at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and went on to do a season at the Soho Theatre in London. His show Randy's Anti-Crisis toured Australia in 2018, winning critical appraise and a weekly award for best comedy at The Adelaide Fringe Festival. 

‘Acerbic, deadpan brilliance.’ ★★★★ Dinburgh Guide, Edinburgh



KPMG Stage Lineup ...

Fresh Comedy at Festivale - Friday 1st February

7.30pm - 8.15pm

Stewart Bell (MC)

Catherine McClintock 

Gavin Baskerville 



8.30pm - 9.15pm

Stewart Bell (MC)

Brodi Lucas 

Kerri Gay 



9.30pm - 10.15pm

Stewart Bell (MC)

Ned Townsend 

Emergency Poncho 



Don’t miss all the action on the KPMG stage from 7.30pm - 10.15pm! 


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