Three powerhouse comedians will take to the iconic Belvoir stage over four nights for Ha Ha in February. Cal Wilson, Mel Buttle and Anne Edmonds will perform one after the other in a three-way attack on contemporary Australian culture.
“The world is terrible right now. Everybody needs to laugh more than ever with the things that are going on,” says Cal Wilson. “People need escapism and to be taken out of themselves. As a comedian, you try to have control over something by making jokes about it.”
With their performances, the comedians will swap positions on the line up each night to take full advantage of the incomparable experience of having a live audience.
“They’ll be getting three spots from three very different comedians. I’ll be doing some new material but also some of my favourite lines,” says Cal. “There is no warming up to be done!”
For the three performers, it’s also been an opportunity to observe and collaborate backstage.
“I’m really looking forward to it because they’re two of my favourite comedians and when you’re working with other women, what tends to happen is you’ll watch each other’s sets and think of new gags for each other,” says Cal.
“It’s a really lovely collaboration and it increases your creativity. It’s a real buzz!”
Until Feb 4. Upstairs Theatre, 18 & 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. $25-$49+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.belvoir.com.au
By Emily Shen.