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Comedy

Sammy J’s Major Party

Presented by Laughing Stock Productions

Australia, are you ready to party? Because Sammy J’s bringing his hit ABC TV characters to the stage!

Be inspired by Government Coach. Singalong to Playground Politics. And get ready to flex your core beliefs with some National Yoga in a jam-packed night of song, stand-up, and shenanigans.

Sammy J is a comedian, author, and professional nerd. He’s performed in Edinburgh, Montreal and London; he’s had a Netflix sitcom as one half of Sammy J & Randy; he’s been nominated for three ARIA awards and won Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival; his debut novel The Long Class Goodnight was released in 2018, and his satirical sketches can currently be seen every Thursday night on the ABC.

He remains the first person in history to lick every Australian State and Federal Parliamentary building, and once snuck into Malcolm Turnbull’s final press conference to eat a chocolate bar.

Reviews

Sammy J is witty, talented, and possessed of incredible timing and memory.

THE AGE

Sammy J's narratives are rich in imagery and wordplay, and his command of language and cadence is superb

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Whiplash smart and laugh out loud funny, he is already a Fringe legend

THE HERALD (EDINBURGH)

More Info

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, author and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy.

As a solo act, Sammy J won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has since performed in Edinburgh, Montreal, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album “Skinny Man, Modern World” received an ARIA nomination for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical take on the 2016 Federal Election, Sammy J’s Playground Politics. His recent solo show, Hero Complex, won Best Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2017.

Collaborating with Heath McIvor, Sammy J & Randy received the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Their acclaimed live shows have taken them from the Sydney Opera House to London’s West End, and in 2015 they were handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to appear in his Montreal Gala. Their musical sitcom, Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, premiered on ABC TV in 2015 before launching in the USA & Netflix UK, and was nominated for three AACTA awards.

As a composer, Sammy J has written countless comedy songs for stage and screen, and scored the incidental music for Ricketts Lane and Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

Away from the comedy world, Sammy J’s MC skills have seen him host award shows, interview politicians, and inject much-needed humour into corporate events. He regularly runs workshops in schools, and his debut middle-grade novel, The Long Class Goodnight, was released in 2018.

Sammy J is a proud Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Oxfam, and has travelled to South Africa and PNG to witness their work firsthand.

Sammy J's biggest project remains unfinished. In 2008, he started The 50 Year Show, a comedy spectacular that will run every five years until 2058. The show continues in Melbourne in 2018.

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About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane