Best comedy shows in Adelaide 2018

The Fringe isn't the Fringe without some laughs. Let Fest sort the wheat from the comedy chaff

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Published 01 Feb 2018
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Demi Lardner

Abandoman’s Rob Broderick – The Musical in my Mind

Rob Broderick, eminent comedy rap freestyler, promises a show that is ‘two parts Drake, one part Disney’. Breaking from his Fringe mainstay group Abandoman, Broderick returns to Adelaide from Ireland with his one-man show of introspective musical comedy for hip-hop and improv lovers alike.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights, 7.15pm, 16 Feb-4 Mar, not 19, 26 Feb, $25-38

Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan: Different Party

For fans of The Office, two brilliant New Zealand comics take you inside the drudgery of Ruck’s Leather Interiors – a fictional but relatable business. Trygve Wakenshaw (Kraken) and Barnie Duncan (Calypso Nights) use their unmatched background in clowning to create a wacky hour that's scant on dialogue but high on slapstick and heart.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights, 8.15pm, 16 Feb-18 Mar, not 19, 26 Feb, 5, 12 Mar, $30-38

Demi Lardner – I Love Skeleton

A member of the illustrious Raw Comedy alumni, Demi Lardner has gone on to win awards including Directors’ Choice at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her offbeat and surreal standup will appeal to fans of Sam Simmons and Aunty Donna, the latter of which she has often collaborated with.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights, 9.30pm, 6-18 Mar, not 12, $20-28

Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame

Self-proclaimed ‘ferocious clubber and party girl’ Eleanor Conway has tried her hand at music journalism, hardcore porn, and plenty of Tinder. Now sober, she's trying to find moderation and meaning. Having sold out across the UK and Europe, Walk of Shame is a show about sex, sobriety and Sambuca.
The Belgian Beer Cafe Oostende, times vary, 16-25 Feb, $15-25

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

Melbourne comic Josh Glanc returns to Adelaide after winning Best Comedy awards at both Adelaide Fringe and Perth Fringe World in 2017 for Manfül. One-man sketch character comedy, Glanc’s style is surreal, frenetic, satirical and charmingly dweeby. Also plays Stirling Fringe on 10 Mar.
Royal Croquet Club, 7.45pm, 3-17 Mar, not 5, 6, 13, $21-28

Scientology The Musical

After sell-out shows at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, George Glass are back in the City of Churches to make friends and influence people in Scientology The Musical. The five-piece comedy-rock band invite you to test your resilience while having a damn good time.
Gluttony, 10.15pm, 16 Feb-4 Mar, not 19, 26 Feb, $17-27

The Travelling Sisters – Toupé

These Gaulier-trained lasses from Brisbane sing, dance, and clown their way across worldwide stages creating sketch madness full of weird and wonderful characters. Their comedy knows no bounds as they effortlessly breeze between ‘the idiotic and the profound’. Also playing Stirling Fringe on 3, 4, and 6 Mar.
Royal Croquet Club, 7.45pm, 16 Feb - 2 Mar, not 19, 20, 26, 27 Feb, $20-28

The Phatcave

An Adelaide Fringe institution. This late night comedy showcase on Fridays and Saturdays is hosted by Mickey D – comedy veteran and crowd worker extraordinaire. The line-up changes every night and has hosted some of the biggest names in local and international comedy such as Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Eddie Ifft and Fiona O'Loughlin.
Gluttony, 11.35pm, various dates between 16 Feb-17 Mar, $22-27