AKMAL

At The Comic's Lounge, VIC

Akmal

Movies, Sketch, Stand-Up, TV appearances, radio DJ and talk show host, improvisation and a published author, Akmal is one of Australia’s most respected, successful and accomplished comics. Akmal has a fascinating past. Originally immigrating to Australia from Egypt with his family nearly 30 years ago. He sums it up in his own inimitable style – “My parents didn’t tell us where we were going. We thought it was two hours away. Twenty hours later, we got off a plane and we were on another planet”. This, and many other bizarre incidents dot Akmal’s life – suggesting a career in stand-up comedy was pre-ordained, either that or he should have been committed early on. His Arab heritage steers his comedy to issues of religion, honesty, hysterical looks at modern day life. His uncanny comedic gift means he is one of those gifted comedians who has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as soon as he walks on stage. He displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and non-offensive way. Movies, Sketch, Stand-Up, TV appearances, radio DJ and talk show host, improvisation and a published author, Akmal is one of Australia’s most respected, successful and accomplished comics. Akmal has a fascinating past. Originally immigrating to Australia from Egypt with his family nearly 30 years ago. He sums it up in his own inimitable style – “My parents didn’t tell us where we were going. We thought it was two hours away. Twenty hours later, we got off a plane and we were on another planet”. This, and many other bizarre incidents dot Akmal’s life – suggesting a career in stand-up comedy was pre-ordained, either that or he should have been committed early on. His Arab heritage steers his comedy to issues of religion, honesty, hysterical looks at modern day life. His uncanny comedic gift means he is one of those gifted comedians who has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as soon as he walks on stage. He displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and non-offensive way. Akmal’s popularity has increased considerably over the last 10 years due to his regular appearances on national television shows such as Rove, The Glass House and “Thank God You’re Here”. As a result Akmal has toured the country with numerous sell out tours including his “Hoot” and “Gullible” tours. Akmal wrote and starred in “All Aussies are Boofta” – a sketch comedy show which enjoyed three successful seasons and critical acclaim at the legendary Harold Park Hotel, the Parramatta Riverside Theatre and The Harbourside Brasserie. He has appeared at Festivals all around the world including Adelaide Fringe Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’ Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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CABARET DE PARIS

Various locations

Cabaret de Paris

Be transported by the atmosphere and excitement of a Parisian-themed revue with a parade of first-class entertainers and the daring beauty of exquisitely bejewelled dancers. Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular celebrating old-fashioned showgirl glamour combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, quick change performers, illusionists and of course the famous French Can Can Dancers! Don't miss your chance to fall under the charm of former Moulin Rouge star, Marissa Burgess, the legendary showgirl and the toast of Paris. Marissa starred in three multi-million dollar revues; 'Femmes, Femmes, Femmes', 'Formidable' and 'Feerie', earning the title of Longest Serving Star in the Moulin Rouge's 120-year history. Marissa will be joined by the crème de la crème of showgirls, with dancers who have graced the stages of Moulin Rouge, The Lido and other French cabaret revues also featuring in the 90-minute production. Acclaimed illusionist and Finalist from Australia's Got Talent Michael Boyd will also perform some of the worlds greatest illusions, mind-boggling disappearances and incredible magic that will keep audiences guessing. This is 90 minutes of pure Paris spectacle that you will never forget, a show that plays tribute to the most famous cabarets in France all rolled in to on dazzling revue. Please Note: Cabaret De Paris is a Burlesque Topless Revue show, some aspects may offend – viewer discretion advised.

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ROLLING THUNDER VIETNAM

At WIN Entertainment Centre, NSW

Rolling Thunder Vietnam

The dynamic Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam returns for an exclusive national tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Conscription, combat, protest and homecoming, Rolling Thunder Vietnam combines personal stories of young Vietnam War soldiers with hit songs of the era. This powerful theatrical show draws audiences inside the lives of men on the battlefront and their loved ones at home. Under the musical direction of Chong Lim (The John Farnham Band), Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a soul-stirring show directed by David Berthold and written by Bryce Hallett. The Vietnam War was the world’s first televised war and the production includes stunning news footage and mind-blowing images from the ’60s and ’70s. ACT ONE Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival Most People I Know Think That Im Crazy – Billy Thorpe The Real Thing – John Young/Russell Morris All Along The Watchtower – Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix The Letter – Joe Cocker Black Magic Woman – Santana Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf Help Me Make It Through The Night – Gladys Knight ACT TWO Run Through The Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield War – Edwin Starr Get Together – The Youngbloods What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack We’ve Gotta’ Get Out of This Place – The Animals Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel ^Songlist correct as at time of publishing.

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