The Laugh Resort Comedy Club returns with new home at The Shoe Bar and Cafe

L-R Alex Manfrin (Laugh Resort president), Sian Choyce (comedian), Paul Higgins (The Shoe Bar and Cafe publican) and Craig Quartermaine (comedian). Picture: Andrew Ritchie d488659
L-R Alex Manfrin (Laugh Resort president), Sian Choyce (comedian), Paul Higgins (The Shoe Bar and Cafe publican) and Craig Quartermaine (comedian). Picture: Andrew Ritchie d488659

THE Laugh Resort Comedy Club returns after a two-year hiatus and is ready to bring belly laughs back to Perth audiences.

An institution since 1991, and attributed to cultivating the careers of comedians including Joel Creasey, Rove, Claire Hooper and Dave Hughes, The Laugh Resort Comedy Club has found a new home at The Shoe Bar and Cafe in Yagan Square.

Club president Alex Manfrin said the 100-seat venue opportunity, thanks to The Shoe Bar and Cafe publican Paul Higgins, would keep the energy in Perth’s comedy scene.

“I often pop in there for a drink if I’m around Northbridge and it’s run by Paul and Jo Higgins who used to have the Hyde Park Hotel years ago,” Manfrin, of North Perth, said.

“That in itself had a big comedy night, which was the origins of what is now the Comedy Lounge; Paul’s always been committed to local entertainment whether it’s music or comedy.

“They were opening up a new function room at The Shoe Bar and Cafe, so I suggested a comedy night and Paul’s eyes lit up.”

The Laugh Resort Comedy Club will recommence with regular programming in a monthly show from Wednesday, featuring comedians Werzel Montague (MC), Sian Choyce, Matt Dyktynski, Grant Mushet, Zeppo, Lucy Ewing and Craig Quartermaine.

“They won’t be nostalgia trips,” Manfrin said.

“The line-up has been organised to include the best of local comics in Perth these days, as well as some visiting people from interstate and overseas.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the audience come through the door. It’s going to bring back some nice memories and I’m sure there will be some old familiar faces in the crowd, and hopefully some new ones as well.”

Manfrin said it would get even busier during Fringe World 2019 with The Laugh Resort Comedy Club increasing to five nights per week with two or three shows a night.

“It will be very exhausting,” Manfrin said.

More at www.thelaughresort.com.au.