Deadly comedy-music duo set to bring raucous laughs to regional WA

Deadly comedy-music duo set to bring raucous laughs to regional WA

Matthew Tomich

Country Arts WA and Act-Belong-Commit are excited to bring comedian Dane Simpson and musician Rob Edwards to regional WA for Great Danes this October and November as a part of Lotterywest Shows on the Go.

Comedians don’t really need backing bands, but Dane Simpson has one anyway. Join Australia’s funniest First Nations comic, Dane, and his band “The Great Danes” (it’s a guy called Rob!) for a variety night of song and laughs that’s so authentically Australian, a jar of Vegemite could play at full forward.

Dane is one of Australia’s fastest rising comedy stars, proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences. West Australian audiences may recognise him from the recent 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala or his recent appearances on Network Ten / WIN TV’s Have You Been Paying Attention?. Dane Simpson’s everywhere these days – in fact, there’s even a mural of him on the side of a building in Wagga Wagga.

Dane’s got the laughs and he’s joined by musician Rob Edwards to bring some tunes. Music, stand-up, some general horsing around with the crowd – there might even be some karaoke!

Great Danes is travelling through regional WA this year as part of Lotterywest Shows on the Go, a long-running program focusing on developing regional arts presenters by providing access to affordable professional performing arts.

Country Arts WA’s Executive Director Paul MacPhail says the continued success of the program is due to its community-driven model that puts the emphasis on regional communities.

“Lotterywest Shows on the Go is one of Country Arts WA’s long-standing programs, and its 24-year history is a testament to the value it brings to communities in regional WA. The demand for this program means we continue to explore ways of delivering increased benefit to regional communities by working alongside local community presenters.”

The State Government, through Lotterywest, has supported Country Arts WA since 1996, providing more than $4.3 million to support initiatives like Shows on the Go.

The program is presented by Country Arts WA and Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit mentally healthy message.

For more information on Great Danes and tour dates, visit www.countryartswa.asn.au/greatdanes.

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