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Fiona OLoughlin is the shining star of Australian stand-up comedy and shes performing in Bangalow as part of the Bangalow Big Joke Comedy Festival this weekend.

From this Friday to Sunday, February 9-11, emerging and established comedic talent comes together to perform alongside national and international acts in the Big Joke Comedy Festival in Bangalow.

Featured performances include a Sunday night show at the Bangalow A&I Hall by the Scared Weird Little Guys a musical comedy act which has been working in the US and the UK for over 15 years.

This Saturday, February 10, Fiona OLoughlin performs for the very first time on the North Coast. Fionais a mother of five based in Alice Springs who for the past ten years has worked as a stand-up comedian, columnist, writer and presenter for ABC radio, and performer in many television comedy spots (including guest spots on ABC TVs Spicksand Specks). She has performed at Australian, UK, and Canadian comedy festivals.

Brisbane-based comic Jenny Wynter, all funnied up from her recent successes at the Woodford Folk Festival, will support. And to keep everything under control, the very serious and emotionally flawed S Sorrensen will compere the evening making sure nothing lewd, unAustralian or seditious escapes from the rather noisy mouths of these two extremely funny ladies of laughter.

And this Friday night, February 9, three comics come head to head in a panel that looks at the issues and stories gathered from kicking around the globe.

Titled Tripping Out, the panel features Jonathon Atherton, Greg Fleet, Dave Callan and Mandy Nolan as MC. Jonathon Atherton boasts fluency in over 10 languages, his father was a foreign correspondent and Jonathon was the front person for Discovery Channels Lonely Planet.

Greg Fleet has performed shows and written books about his travel experiences the most notorious being Thai Died a Hunter S Thompson style romp through South East Asia. Dave Callan is known to Australian audiences as Roves eccentric Irish comedian.

During this weekend of wicked wit there is also a competition for aspiring stand-up comics, a stand-up show for child comedians and short comedy films - all happening in the big-laugh burg of Bangalow.

Feature shows are $35 per ticket and a Gold Pass for $140 will get you into any of the weekend events.

The full program can be seen on www.myspace.com/bangalowbigjoke.

For more info phone Mandy Nolan on 6687 2956 or 6684 3443 or 0422 701 680. Or you can email bangalowbigjoke@gmail.com.

Tickets are available from The Urban in Bangalow (6687 2678), Obsession in Bangalow (6687 1018), Mullumbimby Bookshop (6684 1413), Byron Books (6680 9717) and De Vinyl in Byron (6680 8812), Caddies in Lismore (6621 7709), Bang Thai Express in Ballina(6687 2956) and Sole Shoes and Accessories in Ballina (6686 6895).


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