Brisbane Comedy Festival Competition! $50 Bar tab!

Do you want to snag yourself a cool $50 to spend on delicious food and beverages at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Bar Alto? We’re giving one lucky audience member a $50 voucher, and this could be you if you book before the 10th of February to see our Cool Story Bro show at the 2018 Brisbane Comedy Festival.

Entering is easy in two simple steps:

1.      Purchase your tickets by 10 Feb.

2.      Send proof of purchase to


Check out the Ts and Cs after the jump, if you're into that kind of thing

Choose your own Improv Adventure with Big Fork Theatre

The audience bursts into laughter with loud applause, the lights black out.  You have just finished your Improv Fundamentals graduation show.  

Turn to page 8 to discover how to create fully fleshed out characters in the moment.

Turn to page 19 to explore group mind and improvising as a group.

Big Fork co-founder Chris on his own improv adventure

Big Fork co-founder Chris on his own improv adventure

Big Fork Theatre is taking our improv comedy classes in a new direction, completely overhauling our class structure and trajectory.  

From this October, we’re making it easier for students to explore and study the improv concepts that they are most excited by, as soon as they have completed our introductory class.

Previously students would complete our classes, starting at level one and naturally working their way through our level two, three and four classes. Now, the majority of our class offerings open up to students the second they step off the stage after their level one graduation show.

We wanted our classes to be like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel - except you don’t have to hold your thumb on the previous page to prevent yourself falling off a cliff.  

Big Fork Theatre is launching our new Improv Modules: a series of beginner, intermediate and advanced classes that introduce specific improv skills in a four week, bite size workshop series that students can mix and match to suit their needs.  Students can choose to study the improv topics that inspire them in the order that works for them.

You can see our new class structure here. 

Additionally, the new structure is designed to make it easy for improvisers with experience from other improv companies to jump straight into our classes and study Big Fork Theatre’s unique style of improvised comedy.  

Have questions?  Comment below.

Bris-burning down the house! With Mark Lombard

Maybe you know Mark Lombard as that guy from Get It* Inya with the hilarious political and historical sketches. Maybe you know him as a practising lawyer. His comedy sights are now set on his home town in his new sketch show BRISBURN. We sat down with Mark for a quick chat about it.

Mark Lombard at the EKKA Sideshow GET IT* INYA

Mark Lombard at the EKKA Sideshow GET IT* INYA

What drove you to write BRISBURN?

Mark: I wrote Brisburn because an angel appeared to me in a dream and said that it would make me rich! Also I wanted to write a Portlandia for Brisbaners. If you can’t afford a house, there’s something for you.  If you love wearing R.M. Williams with a business suit, there’s something for you. If you can’t stand north-siders, there’s something for you too.

Ah yes the classic North verse South side debate! Where does your allegiance lie?

Mark: I'm currently pretty central but grew up on the south side.

Once a Southsider always a Southsider! You’ve been doing sketch comedy for a while yes?

Mark: Indeed. After graduating from the nursery of the UQ Law Revue, I was a member of The Complete First Season. Now I try to get up as much as possible at Get It Inya and the Queensland Young Lawyers’ Law Revue, and I host Changer Studios’ Comedy Conglomerate. 

Mark (with Rosa Sottile) as an enthusiastic butterfly at GET IT INYA

Mark (with Rosa Sottile) as an enthusiastic butterfly at GET IT INYA

How very productive of you!

Mark: It’s not just me in the show though! I’m joined by some extremely talented friends of mine: James Tinniswood (Brisbane musical comedian), Michael Griffin (The Sexy Detectives), Liz Tuckett (QUT Law Revue) and Laura Sullivan (The Second City, Toronto). 

Those are some comedy heavyweights. Surprise Quick Question! What are the first two Brisbane icons that come to your head RIGHT NOW!

Mark: Oh jeez I’m the spot! Look I’m really hungry for dinner so I’d have to say The Vietnamese restaurant in the Valley – it’s the best in Vietnamese in Brisbane in my opinion. I guess the other one is the old state library that’s now the casino headquarters. Mainly because I’m standing in front of it.

Mark (centre) cutting shapes with The Sexy Detectives at GET IT INYA

Mark (centre) cutting shapes with The Sexy Detectives at GET IT INYA

Any parting words Mark?

Mark: If you live in Brisbane (or even if you don’t) you will heart this show. It’s not every day you can see a brand new hour of hilarious sketch comedy about everyone’s favourite third largest Australian city. You may even meet John Oxley, the colonial mastermind of our collective misery!


BRISBURN is part of a double header with another Friend-of-the-Fork Ashwin Segkar’s show Stick Creature.  Catch it at the Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane on 8 July 2017 and 15 July 2017.