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Comedy Crystal Ball: What’s in Store for 2024


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Whip out your astrology birth chart and charge your crystals under the full moon as the brightest names in Australian comedy farewell 2023 and divine what’s in store for 2024.

About the Event

With 2023 nudging into the rear-view mirror, a host of the brightest names in Australian stand-up comedy – including Janty Blair, Scout Boxall, Nat Harris, Zoë Coombs Marr, Vidya Rajan, Dane Simpson and Alex Ward – come together to gaze into the Wheeler Centre’s crystal ball and answer your burning questions about what the next year holds.

What will 2024 bring for pop culture, fashion and politics? Our stellar line-up of comics will share playful, insightful and at times deranged predictions.

With the bar in full swing, our in-house tarot reader Velma Vouloir on hand to read your fortune, and a performance by host Karen from Finance to close the evening, this is an end-of-year-comedy showcase not to be missed. Forget the ambiguous notifications from Co-Star – the comedy crystal ball will tell you everything you need to know about 2024 (no guarantees).


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Janty Blair

Galangoor djali (Hello)! My name is Janet Blair. Everyone calls me Janty (rhymes with Aunty). I am a proud Butchulla, Mununjhali and Woppaburra woman (mother’s side) Cobble Cobble and Wakka Wakka on my father’s side. Based in Naarm, I have been doing stand-up comedy for the past 18 months a... Read more

Scout Boxall

Scout Boxall is one of the most exciting new talents in Australian comedy. Their work swings between pithy observational stand up and manic, chaotic powerpoint comedy with a sharp political awareness. Winner of Best Emerging Artist (Melbourne Fringe 2019), nominee for Best Newcomer (MICF 2021), and ... Read more

Nat Harris

Nat Harris is an award-winning comedian and one-third of Triple R’s Breakfasters team. When Nat is not hogging the mic or gigging around the country, she’s playing subpar basketball with her team, the Dirty Bloomers or Boot Scooting.

Zoë Coombs Marr

Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She grew up in Grafton, where she and her best friend staged a musical instead of going to schoolies week. She has a double degree in Performance Studies at UNSW and Fine Arts at COFA, where she was awarded the Dinosaur Designs Prize and ... Read more

Vidya Rajan

Vidya Rajan is a writer and performer currently based in Australia working across screenwriting, theatre, comedy, and digital space. A former writer-in-residence at the Malthouse Theatre, graduate of the VCA, and a recipient of Screen Australia’s Developer Program, her work has often been describe... Read more

Dane Simpson

Dane Simpson is the undisputed Comedy King of Wagga. Dane Simpson burst onto the scene in 2015 as a national finalist on Deadly Funny and from there it has been a fast-rising trajectory for this comedian in hot demand. A whirlwind of corporate gigs, tours and festival runs were to follow, both as a... Read more

Alex Ward

Alex was born two weeks late and is pretty sure her first thoughts were “Sorry I’m late, I won’t be long.” Alex feels like she’s grown up and finally stopped apologising when she doesn’t need to, (although she is sorry about all the times she did it before). Alex is the funniest she’s ... Read more

Karen From Finance

Karen From Finance is the premiere ‘corporate’ queen of Melbourne, Australia. She lives alone with her budgie ‘Dantè’ and enjoys tax time, office-based bonding activities, and invoice archiving. After being made redundant from the accounts team at a small pie wholesaler in Geelong, Karen Fr... Read more

Velma Vouloir

Velma Vouloir is a nationally awarded burlesque artist, mentor, muse, MC & Mother. The winner of Miss Burlesque Victoria & Miss Burlesque Australia’s “Miss Classic” in 2018, Velma performs regularly throughout Australia & abroad both as a solo artist as well as a cast member of ... Read more


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