Gen Fricker will be sure to have 'em rolling in the aisles when she hits the Newcastle Comedy Festival Gala on Sunday 22 November
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LADIES OF LAUGHTER: Your guide to Newcastle Comedy Festival Gala’s awesome female lineup

The Newcastle Comedy Festival Gala weekend is literally just around the corner and with one show (Saturday 21 November 8pm) sold out, it’s shaping up to be the hottest ticket in town.

Not surprising either, given the sheer amount of comedic talent, from Rove McManus and Randy Feltface to Cameron James and Andy Saunders, putting their hands up to split Newcastle’s collective sides.

Also, this year’s festival bill boasts some of the finest female stand-ups this country has to offer, so we thought we’d give you a bit of a rundown on the Newcastle Comedy Festival’s ladies of laughter.

Nina Oyama. Picture: Facebook
Nina Oyama
Appearing: Sat 21 November (3pm & 8pm)

Since nabbing a state finalist slot in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns competition back in 2012, Nina Oyama has been. kicking comedic goals all over the shop.

She’s tickled your funnybone on the small screen as Courtney Kano in Utopia, as a writer and performer on Tonightly With Tom Ballard, The Angus Project – a web series and television pilot that aired on ABC iview in 2018, and the Network 10 sketch comedy series Kinne Tonight.

On the stand-up front, Nina was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has performed on Stand Up at Bella Union, and more recently Just for Laughs at the Sydney Opera House.

Oh, and she also has the honour of making ‘cat poop’ a trending topic on Twitter!

Sarah Gaul. Picture: Facebook
Sarah Gaul
Appearing: Sat 21 November (3pm & 9pm)/Sun 22 November (3pm & 8pm)

As a musical comedian, Sarah has taken her one-woman cabaret show to The Adelaide Fringe (2013, 2014 & 2016, 2017), The Melbourne Comedy Festival (2013 & 2016), The Melbourne Cabaret Festival (2013), The Sydney Fringe Festival (2015, 2016, 2017), and the Sydney Comedy Festival (2016, 2017).

Her shows My Piano and MeThe Iron(ic) Lady,  Sarah Gaul in: SLUMBERLAND and COMEDIENNE have received critical acclaim from media and audience right across the country. Sarah appeared on Tonightly With Tom Ballard and was a State Finalist in the Melbourne Comedy Festival RAW competition.

More recently Sarah made her feature film debut in the hilarious Aussie comedy Hot Mess.

Becky Lucas. Picture: Facebook
Becky Lucas
Appearing: Sat 21 November (3pm & 8pm)/Sun 22 November (3pm & 8pm)

Becky quickly gained recognition by exploding onto the comedy scene in the 2013 National RAW Comedy finals and since then has been unstoppable.

Performing solo shows to sold-out crowds across Australia and New Zealand and also overseas as Becky made her Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2018 and the same year went on to perform her solo show live at the Sydney Opera House as part of Just for Laughs Sydney Festival. Becky rounded out a hugely successful 2019 performing alongside some of the biggest names of comedy at Just For Laughs Montreal.

She’s also opened for calibre comics including Conan O’Brien, Nick Kroll, Jim Norton, Beth Stelling and Daniel Tosh and has performed at the prestigious UCB theatre in Los Angeles, and The Comedy Cellar in New York.

Alex Jae. Picture: Facebook/Monica Pronk
Alex Jae
Appearing: Sat 21 November (3pm & 8pm)

Since climbing the Sydney comedy ranks, Alex has worked as a writer and featured cast member on Channel Ten’s Pilot Week and Saturday Night Rove, as a writer on Channel Ten’s Show Me The Movie!, as a panelist on Channel Ten’s Celebrity Name Game, has opened for comedians Wil Anderson, Greg Behrendt, Gareth Reynolds and Dave Anthony (The Dollop Podcast), has had multiple successful runs at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and plays ‘Dani’ in the NYC Webfest 2017 ‘Best Dramedy’ winner, Thirty The Series.

Phew!

While she’s not doing all of that stuff, Alex also co-hosts the hit podcast The Ladies Guide to Dude Cinema, where her and mate Bec Charlwood review the movies dudes can’t believe they haven’t seen.

Lauren Bonner. Picture: Facebook
Lauren Bonner
Appearing: Sunday 22 November (3pm & 8pm)

Sydney comedian, writer, and triple j’s ‘voice on the street’, Lauren Bonner is emerging as one of the most exciting new artists on the Australian comedy scene.

You may have seen her on SBS’s The Feed, ABC TV’s Tonightly, MTV, or at any number of comedy clubs in Australia or New Zealand.

Nikki Britton. Picture: Facebook
Nikki Britton
Appearing: Sunday 22 November (3pm & 8pm)

Nikki Britton started out as an actor and exploded onto the comedy scene in 2011 with her warm, lightning-paced style, that has subsequently seen her appear on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala, ABC’s Comedy Up Late and on The Comedy Channel as part of the Just For Laughs Festival.

You may have also seen Nikki playing the scene-stealing Marlo on Peter Helliar’s How to Stay Married on Network 10, feature in Matt Okine’s The Other Guy and star in the Screen Australia web-series Sheila’s, directed by Hannah and Eliza Riley. She has also appeared as a guest on Network Ten’s The Project and Celebrity Name Game.

Gen Fricker. Picture: Facebook.
Gen Fricker
Appearing: Sunday 22 November (3pm & 8pm)

Sardonic, unique, and downright weird – Gen Fricker has quickly become one of the nation’s brightest stars on the national comedy circuit, with her unique blend of sassy and dark stand up delivered with a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth smile. 

Since making her comedy debut in 2011 as a national finalist in the triple j Raw Comedy competition, Fricker gas become known as a “must-see” act

Gen was heard nationally for 5 years as the host of triple j’s Lunch show, and makes regular TV appearances, including Have You Been Paying Attention? (TEN), The Project (TEN), Celebrity Name Game (TEN), and Spicks and Specks (ABC).


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November 21 | 3pm & 8pm (sold out)

Rove McManus
Nina Oyama
Luke Heggie
Sarah Gaul
Becky Lucas
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Elliot Stewart
Sam Taunton
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Andy Saunders
Alex Jae

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November 22 | 3pm & 8pm

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Sarah Gaul
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Lauren Bonner
Nikki Britton
Cam Duggan
Gen Fricker
Randy Feltface
Sam Taunton
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Andy Saunders

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