Laughter ensured

There’s no denying it, we could all use a good dose of laughter at the moment. It is, after all, the best medicine and in 2021 Optus presents Fringe Mount Gambier will deliver.

Ministry of Laughs returns to the South Aussie Hotel for two stand-up comedy shows on the opening night of Fringe, featuring both local and national comedy talents including one of Australia’s most in-demand acts, Gerry O (as seen on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Footy Show and sold-out seasons at the Telstra Dome).

Speaking of sold-out shows, Jason Pestell’s 2019 Fringe Mount Gambier appearances sold-out faster than a $29 Pie Maker. In 2021 the Kmart lad is back with a brand new show at the Gambier Hotel, with the gripping true story of spending 24 hours in Kmart in a bold quest to revive Holly’s Restaurant.

A new venue and event on the line-up this year is Comedy Crunch at the Apple Farm, with the option of dinner and the show and even a bus if you need a lift. The live entertainment includes Portland musicians Maton Season and three class act comedians from Kel Balnaves, Kehau Jackson and Ivan Aristeguita.

Kids are also in for a treat at Fringe this year, with the debut appearance of Mr Snot Bottom at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on March 14. He’s the Prince of Putrid, The Willy Wonky of Weird! He’s Mr Snot bottom! A “deeeesgusting kids comedian brimming with all the oooey, gooey, yucky, slimy topics kids love: boogers, bottoms, pop-offs and smells!”

Expect snot-loads of gross-tastic gags, tasteless tunes and just wrong routines perfect for weird kids aged five and up and their even weirder parents. If you need something to laugh about, Fringe Mount Gambier has you covered. Keep an eye on the official website www.fringemountgambier.com.au for program details, ticketing and announcements.

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