Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase coming to Goulburn

FUNNY: Luke Heggie is headlining the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tour in Goulburn. He is one of Australia's most recognisable, new stand up comedians.

FUNNY: Luke Heggie is headlining the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tour in Goulburn. He is one of Australia's most recognisable, new stand up comedians.

The funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and coming to Goulburn as part of a comedy showcase travelling to regional towns around Australia.

With an epic comedy line up expertly curated from this year’s festival, audiences will be treated to a huge night that is sure to leave them sore from belly laugh.

The comedians coming to the Goulburn Workers Club on May 26 are Rhys Nicholson, Luke Heggie, Becky Lucas  and Sarah Callaghan as well as special guests. 

Luke Heggie is headlining the Goulburn show.

He is fast becoming one of Australia's most in demand and recognisable stand up comedians.

His no-nonsense one-liners delivered in a dry, dead pan manner that 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.

Since then Heggie has written and performed a new show every year for festivals in Australia and New Zealand.

So what’s it like being a stand up comedian?

“It’s great that I can do this full-time,” Heggie said.

“I used to be a builder. I was building up until about a year ago, in fact I previously wrote an entire show about being on a building site.”

Heggie found it hard to pin down his comedy style.

“I like to go all over the place in the show,” he said. 

“There are no topics that I avoid, but I gauge my audience and if I think they are a bit conservative, I take it a bit easy, but that said – I try to rip into everyone equally. 

“I write a new show every year and tour it, but once you have done a lot of gigs you have a big backlog of stuff as well. Raw Comedy was the first thing I did, but I have been going for seven years now.”

He said he fell into comedy by accident.

“I entered that competition and ended up winning it. I dared myself to do it," he said.

He said touring with other comedians was all part of the fun.

“We jump in a van and get to smell each other’s farts for a few hours,” he said.

“There are four of us coming to Goulburn - we each do about 10-20 minutes, it varies on the night. For this tour we are going to about 40 different places, but it is usually in short bursts – a few days at a time travellnig down the highway in a Tarago. 

He grew up in Brisbane but has been based in Sydney for the last 13 years and says he just wants to keep performing.

“I just want to continue making a living out of stand up,” he said. 

”It’s great that regional audiences get to see some new faces in comedy as well – we get a kick out of that too.”

Heggie has also performed at the Sydney Opera House supporting Stephen Merchant as well as being of Montreal’s Just for Laughs Stand Up Series filmed for the Comedy Channel. He also received the Sydney Comedy Festival’s Director’s Choice Award for his sold-out 2015 show You’re Not Special. 

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