Comedy Steps Up for Bushfire Relief

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Tim Minchin, Urzila Carlson and Arj Barker
Photograph: (L-R) Daniel Boud, Supplied

Time Out says

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to the government ban on mass gatherings in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Does checking the news headlines or your social media feed send you spiralling into despair? Well here’s something to cheer you up: a massive night of comedy outside the Opera House, with all proceeds going to help bushfire-affected communities. 

The all-star lineup so far includes Tim Minchin, Arj Barker, This Is Spinal Tap’s Harry Shearer, Urzila Carlson, Carl Barron, Joel Creasey, Kitty Flanagan, Becky Lucas and Julia Morris. More performers will be announced as entertainers rally to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Wildlife Victoria and WIRES—and provide us with some much needed comic relief/ distraction from our dark ruminations about the smoky state of the world.

You can do your bit to help by buying a ticket or four, which are $149 for general admission to the Opera House steps or $199 for reserved seating in the forecourt. (If you’ve got really deep pockets, there are also VIP experiences that include backstage tours, performer meet-and-greets, and drinks at Bennelong Restaurant.) Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 15 January, so gather your mates and plan a night out with a purpose.

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