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Whimsy, Honesty & Comic Mirth

Darwin Entertainment Centre is comedy central this October with some of the biggest names in comedy set to hit the stage.

Bill Bailey returns to the Top End, following his sold out Larks in Transit tour, with his new comedy and music extravaganza, Earl of Whimsy. 

It has Bailey’s trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd singalongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers. There’s a distinctly historical feel to this show.

With its tales of Britain’s fortunes past and present, of ancient Viking battles, of Shakespeare’s contribution to comedy, and Bailey’s own ancestry, this is both a mockery and a celebration of national identity.

If you prefer something more lowbrow, the ‘Loosest Aussie Bloke’ Alex Williamson will bring tales of drugs and terrorists in his one-hour ‘honesty session’.  Williamson took to Facebook when he announced his show, saying: “I know you’re usually running from something you (people) that live in Darwin, but I’ll give you something to run towards for once – my show.”

If you’re after something more wholesome, or at least with less vulgar language (we kindly cleaned up Williamson’s potty mouth), Arj Barker has reinvented himself for his latest show, We Need To Talk. But it’s not a typical chat about a relationship; Barker wants to talk about how technology has changed the world in the last 20 years. 

If you’re not sure what you’re after comedy wise, and just want to head out for a good night, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase has a smorgasbord of comedians, including MC Greg Sullivan, plus Jacques Barrett, Luke Heggie, Katie Burch and Aaron Chen. 

Alex Williamson – So wrong, it’s wrong  SAT 6 OCT | 7.30PM | $37.50 | 29.90 CONC

Bill Bailey – Earl of Whimsy TUE 9 OCT | 8PM | $89.90

Arj Barker – We need to talk SAT 20 OCT | 8PM | $49.90 | $46.90 GROUP 10+

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase SAT 27 OCT | 8PM | $39.90 | $35 CONC


Thumbnail: Arj Barker

Header: Bill Bailey

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