Our absolute fave time of the year, Fringe, is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, explore funky venues and discover exciting, laugh-out-loud-funny, mysterious and entrancing shows.
With hundreds of acts playing at over 150 venues, the trickiest thing about Fringe is deciding which act to see, so we have put together our Best of Fringe World 2020 Guide – featuring some of our old favourites, new up-and-comers and even some acts that might surprise you!
Speed: The Movie, The Play – 17-25 January
There’s a bomb on a bus. If the bus drops below 50 miles an hour, it blows up. What do you do? What Do You Do?!
Climb aboard our vintage bus for this shameless comedic homage to the 1994 action thriller Speed, the film which proved once and for all the best drama is on public transport. After a sold-out season at FRINGE WORLD in 2017, this high-octane trip down the highway of 90s nostalgia returns to WA in explosive style.
Warning: contains Hollywood-ish special effects and jokes about Keanu Reeves’ career.
The Laugh Resort Comedy Club – Entire Fringe Season
This Perth comedy mainstay makes a splash once again this Fringe. Since relaunching in its new home at Yagan Square’s Shoe Bar monthly, and hosting the 2019 Best WA Comedy Award winner, Perth’s longest running comedy club (est 1991) is bringing even more lols in 2020.
Operating Wed-Sun all month, each Wednesday of the festival welcomes a cavalcade of homegrown and visiting Fringe comedy stars, including some big name drop-ins, in 9 at 9.
On the last Thursday of Fringe, get the grrl gang along to the 2nd annual Galentine’s Day Gala, celebrating women (in comedy) with some of fest’s finest comedians of the female persuasion.
The Club will host 21 other shows from a hand-picked selection of Australian and international comedians – including Gordon Southern (UK), Maria Hermann (USA), Jacques Barrett (SYD), Ting Lim (QLD/SGP), and 2019 Australia’s Got Talent finalist Umit Bali (IND/FJI).
WA-made comics make up 50% of the program. From the Club which helped nurture Rove, Dave Callan, Hughesy, Claire Hooper and many more, there are several this year worthy of following Umar to be the next Best WA Comedy winner. Our tips: The Motherhood, Matt Storer, Jon Pinder & ex-Perthling Brett Blake.
For more info visit here.
2 Nuts for Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation – 17 January-2 February
Check out 5 crazy characters, performing 5 mind-blowing magic tricks! Help this hapless psychic detective, as he hunts a hitman in a gritty 1930’s mental asylum.
All New world premiere from Tim Motley, creator of the sellout hit shows, “6 Quick Dick Tricks” & “2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick”…
★★★★★ “Tour de Force” Australian Stage, 2015
★★★★★ “Hilarious” Sam About Town, 2018
★★★★★ “Incredible” Edmonton Sun, 2016
★★★★★ “A perfect mix of magic show, stand-up routine, and murder mystery.” Vue Weekly, 2017
Smooth Criminals – 18 January-7 February
Class is in session! Learn about some of the most infamous crimes and criminals in world history, with their stories told using the art of burlesque, cabaret and tease. These (mostly accurate) retellings, guided by fabulous MC Foxxxy Curves, will have you learning a thing or two – and not just about history!
Have you ever been hazy on the finer details of crimes such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? Or wondered what the Kelly Gang really did? Enjoy this live-action retell of these stories and more, with a sensual burlesque twist. Tease, cabaret and striptease all play a part in these mostly accurate renditions of the dastardly crimes of theft, con, murder, deceit – and the crime or being too saucy for words!
This world premiere show is guided by judge/cop/lawyer MC Foxxxy Curves.
Me & My Divas – 20-28 January
Join Velma Celli, “The UK’s Queen of Live Vocal Drag” at the premiere of her brand new show, Me & My Divas. No diva is safe, no riff she won’t sing – so strap yourself in and let the belt off begin.
An overindulgent diva fest celebrating the songs and behaviour of all of your favourite divas including Celine, Mariah, Whitney, Aretha, Cher, Britney (maybe not!) and many more, brought to you by the international star and creator of hit show “A Brief History of Drag” and joined by her music director Joe Louis Robinson.
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/me-my-divas/
Phat Cab Club – 21 January-2 February
Fierce, bold and utterly unstoppable, PHAT CAB CLUB is a night out like no other, featuring Australia’s most exciting young circus artists bringing a fresh take on cabaret.
Combining a striking hip-hop sound track with world class skills, this is the hottest destination for gritty late-night contemporary circus.
Returning after winning Best Circus in 2019, this show is the energy of a concert fused with unparalleled technical ability and is a boundary pushing passion project that is not to be missed!
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/phat-cab-club-perth-fringeworld-2020
By a Thread – 21 January-9 February
Seven acrobats and thirty metres of rope…
Returning to Fringe World for its final year, By a Thread is an ensemble circus creation exploring the relationship between trust and risk. Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting movements above and on the ground. Like the booms and sheets of a sailing ship, performers are hoisted and swung by one another to create striking tableaux and breath-taking dynamics. The actions of one acrobat affect the movements of others in a mesmerising negotiation of cause and effect.
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/by-a-thread-at-fringe-world/
Dr Frankenbum and the Frozen Fart of Destiny – Weekends (F, Sat, Sun) only 24 January – 16 February
Mad Scientist Dr Frankenbum is building a zombie to use its power to capture his arch nemesis Secret Agent Sniff. The zombie can only be brought to life with Fartonium, the rarest of all the elements. Audience members (budding henchmen) will help with mad science experiments that help unlock key components of the zombies body and ultimately bring the Zombie to life by releasing the Frozen Fart Of Destiny (the world’s greatest source of Fartonium). Utilising stand-up and improv comedy key science principles are demonstrated in a way that is fun and engaging.
Warning: Maximum Fart & Poop Jokes.
Suitable for families and kids under 13
For more info head here.
The Meaning of Laugh – 24 January – 15 February (multiple locations and dates)
If you seek enlightenment… pat a dog.
The Laugh Advice Guru makes no promises of finding a reason for your sad existence.
But you will get smart-ass answers to your deepest questions to turn that frown upside-down in the time’s fate punches you in the face.
Part stand-up, part improv, part verbal abuse … all a part of this thing we call laugh.
For more information click here.
#RELATABLE – 24 January – 15 February (Multiple locations and dates)
What happens when you cross a Gen-Z’s sense of entitlement with a sharp sarcastic wit? Give it a guitar, unlimited shit-posting capabilities and some social-cidal tendencies. You get #Relatable. A musical sketch comedy and stand-up show that will bare its soul and burn some catchy tune based wokeness into your heart… and remember: We all die alone and unfulfilled.
Jackson M. Canny is an 19-year-old musician and stand-up comedian based in Perth, WA. He’s bisexual, bipolar, and has 2 working brain cells. His unique combination of live music, stand-up, and sketch comedy has seen him performing across the country since 2014.
For more info visit here.
Mr Snotbottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really Really Bad Bad Show – 26 January-2 February
Hysterically disgusting kids comedian Mr Snotbottom returns to FRINGE WORLD Pleasure Gardens 26 January to 2 February with brand new show, “Mr Snotbottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really Bad, Bad Show” that’s brimming with all the slimy, yucky, ooey, gooey stuff kids love!
Nominated Best Children’s Event at FRINGE WORLD last year, Mr Snotbottom promises a barrage of gross-tastic gags and just wrong routines perfect for weird kids age 5 & up, and their even weirder parents!
So what makes this show even more horrible, terrible and really, really, bad, badder than his previous outings?!
Mr Snotbottom is being a complete idiot and can’t even start the show because he’s messing absolutely everything up!
It’s a commotion of clashes and collisions lead by a buffoon so bumbling that he can’t even put on his pants without causing catastrophe.
With loads of audience participation and plenty of laughs this is a fun Fringe show for the whole family.
Puppies Vs Kittens – 28 January-2 February
Are you crazy for canines like Amy? Or flip for felines like Natalie?
The creators of the FRINGE WORLD smash hit “Love/Hate Actually” have decided to settle another age-old argument: cats or dogs?
Featuring fiery debate, adorable evidence and plenty of tall tails, Puppies Vs Kittens will see the claws come out and the fur start flying. With a portion of ticket sales donated to local animal rescue groups, this will be a feel-good hour of fun.
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/puppies-vs-kittens-perth-fringe-world/
Ragnarokkr – 28 January-8 February
From the award-winning creative team that brought you The Man and The Moon, comes the hotly anticipated world premiere follow up production – RAGNARØKKR as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights Program for Fringe World 2020.
RAGNARØKKR is Armageddon with the armour stripped off and the speakers turned up to 11.
A tall, hunched figure in a pool of light appears: shirtless with tight black jeans and platform boots. He has a mighty beard, and a microphone.
Meet the band at the burning centre of the end days: Nick Cave meets Ziggy Stardust in a Norse inspired musically riotous fall from grace.
Get ready to rock until the bitter end; this is a show about coming to terms with the fact that it’s time to move on.
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/ragnarokkr-2/
6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation – 3-10 February
A mind-blowing mentalist collides with thrilling danger in this all new film-noir murder mystery adventure. Unbelievable magic tricks to delight the senses and rapid-fire comedy to fracture the funny bone, this hilarious psychic detective with the winning smile puts on a killer show… literally.
Tony Galati the Musical – 4-15 February
The surprise hit of 2019 is back!
A hilarious and inspirational tale of WA’s favorite battler: the man who launched a business, took on the fat cats, appeared on Sunrise, and did it all with nothing but tenacity, a blue singlet, and a love for the working families of Perth. This heartwarming toe-tapper features snappy songs, a singing potato, and more Perth memes than you can poke a spud at.
A crowd-pleaser for the ages that sold out before it opened in 2019.
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/tony-galati-the-musical/
Halal? Is it meat you’re looking for? – 8-16 February
Migrating to Australia as a child has given UK born Umar a unique view of the world.
This encore performance of his sold out 2019 Best Comedy Award show is a rare chance to see this glorious comic in action. Join him as he lifts the veil of secrecy on trying to be the best Bogan Muslim he can possibly be – without his Pakistani mum finding out!
This show describes his journey as a young man growing up in 2 different, sometimes challenging, worlds. Throughout the show he discusses how his family, friends and hilarious events have shaped him into a Bogan Oriented Muslim Brother.
Disenchanted – 11-15 February
Have you ever wondered if your favourite storybook princess lived her happily ever after? Well, not exactly. Disenchanted! is the hit off-broadway adult musical comedy that presents a hysterical and sassy take on the storybook princesses.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight.
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/disenchanted/
Dolly Diamond Blankety Blanks – 12, 14, 15 February
Risque, funny and filled with innuendo just like any good 1970s TV cult hit should be; everyone’s favourite game show hostess, Dolly Diamond returns with a live version of this top-rating classic. Audience participation, puns and plenty of laughs abound as guest celebrities fill in the blanks from the Queen of Australian cabaret, to win prizes for contestants. It’s going to be a blanking hoot!
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/dolly-diamond-blankety-blanks/
Scarlet Affaire – 14-15 February
Lust and torment are delicacies best served through the burlesque beauties of Scarlet Bell’s Premier Troupe in this debut show. You’ll be entertained as the Troupe brings their best to the stage with a degustation for the senses…the main meal of sultry and sexy with a side of raunchy undressing!
Late Night Lust will tease and titillate with debut routines, provocative costumery and fresh faced fantasies for you to feast your eyes on. Bring a loved one, perhaps join us to celebrate the day of love – or even a first date perhaps? Join us on a journey that will leave you sated, but begging for just one more serve…
For more info visit https://www.perthhappenings.com.au/event/scarlet-affaire-late-night-lust
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