Adelaide Fringe

Our top comedy picks for Adelaide Fringe 2024

We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled the most-anticipated comedy acts at the Fringe this year!

We sure are glad that festival season is upon us but with so much to do and see it can be a little daunting to know what to attend. 

We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled the most-anticipated comedy acts at the Fringe this year!

INITIAL CONSULT

Fresh from a triumphant run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sold-out show for its Brisbane debut, ‘Initial Consult’ is a groundbreaking musical-comedy experience that ingeniously unfolds within a 50-minute court-mandated therapy session. 

Audiences find themselves in the role of the therapist, tasked with unravelling the enigma behind a character navigating the intricacies of diet culture, ADHD, anxiety, and the relentless quest for achievement, with Grimmer’s performance brilliantly combining singing, tap dancing and rap to captivate audiences and invite them into a world that is both profoundly recognisable and intriguingly unfamiliar.

Where: The Garage International @ Scots, 237 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000.
When: Friday 16th to Thursday 22nd February.
For more info and tickets, click here.

NAKED AND AFRAID

Adelaide Fringe is set to light up with laughter and astonishment as two of Australia’s most prominent entertainment figures, Christian Hull and Christopher Wayne, join forces for a hilarious three nights of magic, mayhem and inappropriate stories from their crazy lives behind the curtain of show business, .

Running the opening weekend of Fringe, from Friday the 16th of February to Sunday the 18th of February at The Moa in Gluttony, “Naked and Afraid” promises to be an unforgettable experience, blending Hull’s viral humour with Wayne’s magical prowess in a celebration of friendship, comedy, and the sheer unpredictability of live performance.

Where: The Moa, Gluttony – Rymill Park.
When: Friday, February 16th to Sunday, February 18th.
For tickets and further info, click here.

DANNY BHOY

This not-to-be-missed show promises a blend of Danny’s signature storytelling mastery and sharp wit as he works up material for his upcoming show. The limited run, from Friday, 1st March to Thursday, 14th March, will see Danny Bhoy perform at The Howling Owl, providing a cosy atmosphere for an up-close and personal experience with the comedic maestro.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise, with The Age celebrating Danny’s “Unsurpassed storytelling,” the Herald Sun declaring him “at his brilliant best,” and the Montreal Gazette lauding him as “One of the most sparkling wits in the world.”

Where: The Howling Owl, 10 Vaughan Pl, Adelaide, SA, 5000.
When: Friday, 01 March- Thursday, 14 March.
For tickets and further info, click here

WILLING PARTICIPANT

Adelaide Fringe goers are in for a treat this year as Rob Carlton, the esteemed Aussie actor, writer, and storyteller known for his role as the charismatic Kerry Packer in ‘Paper Giants’, and most recently co-starring in the Netflix series ‘Boy Swallows Universe’, delivers a riveting one-man show, ‘Willing Participant’ at The Arch Holden Street Theatre in Hindmarsh this February. 

Guided by the expert direction of theatre and comedy stalwart Darren Gilshenan, Carlton weaves a rich tale of life’s contradictions through four true stories that embrace sexual taboos, unintentional deceptions, heartfelt grief, and hopeful ventures into the unknown.

Where: The Arch at Holden Street Theatres, 32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh, SA, 5007
When: Friday 16th February to Friday 1st March. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

TARTAN TABLETOP

From the mystical lands of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023 and a completed sold-out run, the adventure continues for the sensational Dungeons & Dragons podcast team, with their Australian premiere at this year’s Adelaide Fringe with ‘The Never-Ending Quest—a family-friendly (PG-13) show that has captivated audiences and features a unique blend of comedy and tabletop gaming antics.

With improvised comedy at the roll of a dice, you can expect teamwork, nerdy jokes and guest star comedians playing characters Noblin and Goblin.

Where: The Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000. 
The Lost Dice, 111 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000.
When: Friday 1st March to Saturday 16th of March. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

PEOPLE LIKE US

With five shows only, running from Friday, February 16th to Wednesday, February 21st, the pop culture-obsessed comedian brings his brand of sass, wit and charm to both Drama Llama at Rhino Room and My Lover Cindi.

Born in Malaysia and armed with an Americanised twang courtesy of countless hours with the Disney Channel, the adults-only show “People Like Us” delves deep into Goh’s life as an LGBTQ individual and a self-proclaimed quirky outcast in Malaysia, offering a stand-up hour that’s as insightful as it is hilarious.

Where: Drama Llama at Rhino Room: Fri 16 Feb – Sat 17 Feb
My Lover Cindi: Sun 18th, Tue 20th and Wed 21st Feb.
For tickets and further info, click here.

JOHN ROBERTSON: THE DARK ROOM

Adelaide Fringe-goers, brace yourselves for an unparalleled experience as John Robertson, the acclaimed Aussie comedian and Edinburgh Fringe veteran, makes his electrifying Adelaide debut with ‘The Dark Room.’ 

Kicking off at Fringe on Friday, February 16th and running until Sunday the 17th of March at The Kingfisher at Gluttony, this unique blend of gaming, clowning, improv comedy, and a touch of the macabre is set to captivate audiences, plunging participants into a dark, interactive video game world where choices are a matter of win or die.

Where: The Kingfisher at Gluttony – Rymill Park. 
When: Friday, 16th February to Sunday, 17th March.
For tickets and further info, click here.

CHILDISH

UK comic sensation and international freestyle RAP king Chris Turner is back at the Adelaide Fringe this year for the world premiere of the unique, high-energy, musical-comedy show, ‘Childish’. 

This return marks Turner’s first performance in South Australia in eight years and is a rare opportunity to see this global comedy star shine in person.

Running from the 5th to the 17th of March at The Kingfisher stage in Gluttony, this family-friendly (PG), high-energy musical comedy embraces the dreams of Turner’s youth—becoming a comedian, rapper, and rock star.

Where: The Kingfisher at Gluttony – Rymill Park.
When: Tuesday, 5th March to Sunday, 17th March. 
For tickets and further info, click here

SH!T FACED SHAKESPEARE

Get ready to experience Shakespeare like never before at this year’s Adelaide Fringe, with the internationally acclaimed and uproariously entertaining ‘Sh!t-faced Shakespeare’ (M) returning with a one-of-a-kind performance of Macbeth. 

The comedy smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, multi-sell-out Fringe phenomenon is back, but be warned—this isn’t your high school English class’s Shakespeare; it’s an innovative and hilarious take that promises to breathe fresh air into the Bard’s classic work.

Imagine a serious Shakespeare play where one actor is genuinely inebriated—yep, you read that right!

Where: The Roundhouse at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: Friday, 16th of February, to Sunday, 17th of March. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

TWO LITTLE DICKHEADS

Known for their quirky blend of comedy, Sharnema and Dave, the inseparable, pyjama-wearing, cat-obsessed duo, are promising an entertainment experience filled with unhinged sketches, silly dancing, stupid puppets, and surprisingly good singing.

Audiences can expect 55 minutes of ‘clowntastic, musical nonsense’, delivered with what has been described as ‘A strong dash of silly, a sprinkling of magic, and a small slice of chaos’, by Weekend Notes.

Where: The Yurt at The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide, SA, 5000.
When: Friday, February 16th to Sunday, February 25th.
For tickets and further info, click here.

LAWRENCE MOONEY: PIGEONHOLE

In the ever-evolving landscape of comedy, where the hunt for a fresh laugh is as relentless as the pursuit of the next big thing, the Adelaide Fringe is set to present an Aussie gem—welcoming audiences to shed their societal constraints and dive headfirst into an hour of pure, unadulterated humour—introducing Lawrence Mooney’s latest spectacle, ‘Pigeonhole’.

Running from Monday 26th of February to Sunday the 10th of March at The Box at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, ‘Pigeonhole’ is a liberating journey that challenges the audience to question and laugh at the arbitrary labels society thrusts upon us and is described by The Australian as ‘a new hour of inspired comedy from a master.’

Where: The Box at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: Mon, 26 Feb – Sun, 10 Mar.
For tickets and further info, click here.

NURSE GEORGIE CARROLL: SISTER FLO 2.0

After winning the ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe, Georgie’s return is a much-anticipated event in this year’s Fringe lineup.

Kicking off on Tuesday the 5th of March and running to Sunday the 17th of March at both The Roundhouse and The Vagabond at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, ‘Nurse Georgie Carroll: Sista Flo 2.0’ (M15+) is guaranteed to entertain; whether you’re a fan of stand-up, follower of Britain’s Got Talent, or simply in need of a good laugh.

Where: The Roundhouse at The Garden of Unearthly Delights and The Vagabond at The Garden of Unearthly Delights.
When: From Tuesday, March 5th to Sunday, March 17th. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

JIMEOIN

One of the comedic standouts on this year’s Fringe lineup is none other than the brilliant Jimeoin, renowned as one of the top stand-up comedians on the planet. 

Returning to Adelaide on Friday the 8th of March and running to Sunday the 17th of March, at both The Spiegeltent and The Vagabond at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, his upcoming show, ‘Who’s your man?!’ (M15+) is guaranteed to be a laugh-out-loud affair and a must-see event for all lovers of authentic comedic talent.

Where: The Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights 
When: Friday, 8th March to Sunday, 17th March. 
For tickets and further info, click here.

For more on the 2024 Adelaide Fringe, including different genre guides, articles, reviews, news and more, click here

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