Ray Badran, The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

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THE SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE IS BACK ON THE ROAD WITH A HUGE 2016 TOUR! The funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and bringing all-star comedy showcases to Armidale and Tamworth in September for the fourth year in a row!

With an epic comedy line up expertly curated from this year’s festival, audiences will need to get in quick for this hot ticket to a massive night of laughs.

MC for the night will be Tommy Dean, the American born-Australia adopted comic recognisable from his many TV appearances and heard regularly on ABC radio. Tommy’s clean, observational style makes him a clear crowd pleaser. Headlining the showcase will be Steve Hughes, the Aussie whose confronting and hilarious observations have been burning up the international comedy circuit for over a decade, selling out his tours worldwide.

Highlights from the showcase will include the genre-defying, award-winning Michael Workman, whose captivating imagination will have audiences in his grasp from start to finish. Australian club and festival circuit regular Ray Badran will also be on the bill; one of Australia’s great rising talents, you will not want to miss Ray in his element. Also confirmed is Alex Wasiel, whose quirky yet charming stage presence will be sure to keep audiences in stitches.

You will not want to miss these two hours of hard hitting laughter. Get in quick and grab your tickets to the funniest night you will see all year!

FOCUS caught up with funny man Ray Badran in the lead up to this year’s showcase …

So Ray, what inspires a man with a degree in medical science to pursue a career in comedy?

Well, on the one hand I had biology, chemistry and physiology. On the other hand, I had creativity, free booze and working 15 minutes a night. So the choice wasn’t that difficult.

Share with us your very first stand up experience…

You know that shiver down your spine you get when you remember something embarrassing you did? Well, like that – but in front of about 15 people. For three minutes.

What do you think is the formula to a good joke?

They say that comedy = tragedy + time, but I see it more like comedy = tragedy + time x fart noises.

Who or what do you find funny …

Larry David, Mitch Hedberg, Sacha Baron Cohen and so many more, are who I find funny.

If you could work with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

All the above.

What’s been the biggest highlight of your comedy career?

Performing at the Sydney Opera House … Dressed as a gorilla – as a double for David Hasselhoff. He came out at the end of the show as a gorilla and sung a song. I ran across the stage and interacted with the MC beforehand in the gorilla suit.

You’re in the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase; what are you looking forward to about the tour?

Performing for the lovely people of Tamworth and Armidale.

Lastly, what’s your favourite dad joke?

A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer …  And the bartender says, “I’m sorry, we don’t serve food here.”

Thanks Ray.


Catch the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase.

Armidale – TAS Hoskins Centre – 87 Douglas St, The Armidale School, Armidale NSW 2350
Friday 9 September 2016 – 8pm.
Tickets $32.50 | Book now (02) 6776 5878

Tamworth – Capitol Theatre – Level 1, Centrepoint Shopping Centre, 374 Peel St, Tamworth NSW 2340
Saturday 10 September 2016 – 8pm
Tickets from $35 | Book now (02) 6767 5300

Recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over. May contain coarse language and adult themes.

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