Young Guns 2017
Come and see some of the industry’s newest and brightest comedians before they become famous! Hosted by three-time MICF Best Comedy Show nominee, Damien Power, and featuring Ashwin Segkar, Brian Freeman, Dan Rath, Jasmine Fairbairn, Matt Ford, Marcus Thorpe, Sandeep Totlani & Ting Lim, The Young Guns 2017 Gala
will be a riotous night of jokes and gut busting laugher!
Hosted by Damien Power
Three-time Barry nominee Damien Power is widely regarded as the most exhilarating voice on the Australian comedy circuit. After just a handful of years playing festivals, he’s racked up a number of awards, nominations and rave reviews, as well as selling out rooms across the country.
Damien toured his raw, assured I Can’t Believe I Cared to audiences around Australia and the world in 2015. He took the 2016 festival scene by storm with Sell Mum Into Slavery, and was filmed as part of ABC-TV’s Next Gen television series.
Damien is also a member of the “True Australian Patriots” – winners of the Director’s Choice award at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He stars in fellow True Australian Patriot performer Anne Edmonds’ new show for ABC iView, The Edge Of The Bush, had his own segment – “Power to the People”
– on The Project and featured in the ABC series Fancy Boy.
The 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival saw Damien nominated for the Barry award for Best Show for the third time in as many years for his smash hit Utopia: Live in 3D show, and won the Pinder Prize, a grant named in honour of legendary comedy impresario John Pinder.
Ashwin started his comedy career as a writer, producing comedy cartoon, Boymongoose, which has reached over 10 million views online and has been featured on TV and radio internationally.
Having been born in India, but dragged through a childhood covering New Zealand, Malaysia, England and Australia, his comedy touches on cultural issues with an often-absurd take.
Brian Freeman began performing comedy in 2013 and became a Raw Comedy State Finalist just a couple of months later! Since then, Brian has become a regular at The Sit Down Comedy Club and was selected to be a support act for Heath Franklin’s “Chopper” and by selected, he means he turned up on the night to watch the show and begged the Promoter.
Dan Rath is a comedian for anyone has ever had problems genuinely showing affection for a dog. His target demographic is burnouts who don’t have a driver’s license. His influences include self-doubt, algebra and crippling debt.
‘Meta-funny’ – Herald Sun
‘Jokes and tags flowed in thick and fast – equal parts ironic and absurd’ -Comedy Beast Magazine
Jasmine Fairbairn is a Canadian performer who since evading Border Security, has been based in Brisbane. In the last few years alone, she has been heard on ABC Radio National’s ‘Now Hear This’, been a QLD RAW Comedy finalist, supported such acts as Greg Fleet, Luke Heggie, Ryan Coffey, Mel Buttle and Danny Bhoy; and toured regional QLD as part of ‘Are We There Yet?” where she confirmed her fear of snakes is still relevant.
Matt Ford has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe.
Since 2016, Matt has performed SOLD OUT shows nationwide as part of the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars tour and appeared on ABC, NITV and SBS.
Hailing from the Gold Coast, Marcus Thorpe is one funny dude. His laidback style and relatable humour has made him a favourite with audiences around South-East Queensland. As well as appearing regularly at The Sit Down Comedy Club, he has also performed at The Byron Bay Falls Festival and at the premiere of the film, The Big Sick.
Sandeep is a Dentist from Gujrat, India who arrived in Brisbane to study a Masters in Health and Service Management. He leads an undercover, second life in the dark, late-night comedy rooms of SEQ after his parents denied his full pursuit into a comic’s life. His comedy stems from everyday situations and with a conquered stage fright and a passion for free speech, Sandeep is well on his way to becoming a household name.
Singaporean-born Ting Lim is a beloved favourite on the Brisbane comedy scene. With an easy charm and a unique perspective, her darkly intelligent observations about life have cemented her place as one of the rising stars of the Australian comedy scene. Ting fast became a regular at The Sit Down Comedy Club and has performed all over Australia and Singapore, supporting the likes of Rove McManus, Tommy Little, Frank Woodley, Claire Hooper and more.
“Funny, charming stuff” – The Heckler