Artist Bios


Rhys Nicholson

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Newcastle born and inbred, Rhys Nicholson is one of Australia’s most outstanding young comedians and craft enthusiasts who will perform his show “Seminal” at Side Splitter 2018.

Winner of the 2018 New Zealand Comedy Festival Best International Act, Rhys’ brand of wry humour and sardonic wit have developed his trademark for hilarious social commentary.

“Nicholson is one of the most remarkable talents on the national stand-up circuit” - ★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald

“It's not all about sex” ★★★★ - The Age

Luke Heggie

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Luke Heggie is fast becoming one of Australia's most in demand and recognisable stand up comedians. His no-nonsense one liners delivered in a dry, deadpan manner quickly gained praise after his debut into the comedy world by winning Melbourne International Comedy Festivals 2010 Raw Comedy and jetting off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As the winner of Comics’ Choice Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017, Luke Heggie will perform his encore show “Tiprat” at Side Splitter 2018.

‘Absolutely rips along.’ ★★★★ Herald Sun

"A unique, powerful and insightful Australian comic voice" ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald

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John Robertson

After 4 million YouTube hits, 10 crowd-surfs, four death threats and sell-out shows worldwide. John Robertson's The Dark Room hits Perth for a rare hometown show.

“The Dark Room” is the world's only live-action video game. Are you ready to experience... "The Dark Room"?

Winner: ThreeWeeks Editors Award 2016 ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks, 2017

★★★★★ British Comedy Guide, 2017

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Brett Blake

You’ve seen him on Channel 10’s Common Sense and heard him on 'The Little Dum Dum Club' podcast – now it’s time to see this lovable bogan live with his new show “Reckless”! It’s gonna be a banger.

'Property tycoon', 'wine connoisseur' and 'functional adult' are all phrases you would never use to describe Brett Blake – he’s way too reckless. While his friends are busy getting married and buying properties, Brett has been representing himself in court for speeding tickets, getting kicked off a reality TV show and trying to make sure his new samurai sword matches his motorbike.

'Blake has talent and skill…a lot of good belly laughs. ★★★★' Melbourne Arts Fashion

'Hilarious. ★★★★' The Australia Times

'His delivery is spot-on, his sense of humour relatable and his jokes sharp and entertaining.★★★★½' Herald Sun

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Ben Darsow

He hosted the 2018 Sydney Comedy Festival Galas, headlined the top comedy clubs in Vancouver throughout August, and in both 2017 & 2016 was nominated for Best Comedy in Perth Fringe World Festival… that’s right, it’s Benny Darsow!

Benny’s new show “Just Riffing” is an hour of laugh-out-loud observational and improvised stand up from one of Western Australia’s favourite visiting comedians.

“hilarious…able to take the most mundane situations and turn them into laugh-out-loud moments”

4.5 stars – The West Australian (2018 Perth Fringe World)

“one of the most enjoyable festival nights ever…get out and discover Benny Darsow”

4 stars – The Herald Sun (2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival)

“erudite…super-chilled and a natural on stage”

4 stars – The Funny Tonne (2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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The MotherHood

Meet The Motherhood - Four Comedian Mums, featuring stand up comedians Emma Krause (Mum of twins), Pony (The fifo mum), Simone Springer (The divorced diva) and Lucy Ewing (The silly mum).

Do your pelvic floor exercises. You'll wet yourself laughing!

“100% relatable, charmingly honest and downright wee-your-pants funny. Loved it! 5 snorts from Mum…. 5 stars from me.” - Winning at Failing

An Incompetent Life

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An Incompetent Life will certainly brighten up yours. This one man show has been more than 50 years in the making… A soaring saga of disaster and comedy; inanity and depth. Brian Poller looks at life just a little differently; using incompetence to gain success – or at least one version of success. Let Brian take you on a personal journey through his childhood as a young migrant from the UK, using storytelling and humour to make light of this life-changing situation.

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Gran In A Van

A loveable granny comedian who will take you on the trip of a lifetime… Speeding madly towards 60, instead of slamming on the brakes and moving to the slow lane, Leonie Clarke, star of 'Gran In A Van', hits the accelerator to share her wild comedic adventure about living in a campervan.


Comedy Gala

The Side Splitter Gala Spectacular is the must-see event of the festival, featuring the hottest national comedy stars, legends of the craft and WA’s funniest people. Come and experience a bite-sized taster of the entire festival in this one glorious night; featuring short scripts from the highly anticipated headliner acts and many more! Catch all the Side Splitter stars in the fantastic ‘Rib-tickler’ main hall at Memorial Hall each and every night of the festival.

Improv Comedy Cage Match

Nothing is off limits as long as it's improvised - any theme, any format, anyone. Once they’re done the audience votes on a winner - with the champion returning the next week to face off against a new challenger.

This ain’t a poetry slam, this ain’t a rap battle. This.. is… CAGE MATCH!