Prepare for belly laughs while learning how to deliver them

Dave O'Neil

The Central Coast can gorge itself on big laughs this January, when Dave O’Neil and Brad Oakes inject some serious silliness into the Summer@ The Art House program.

Part of wave one of the Summer@ festivities, O’Neil will bring big belly laughs with his new show – Overweight Lightweight – and Oakes will impart morsels of wisdom with his comedy masterclass – The Art of The Laugh.

Fresh from a sell-out run at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, O’Neil may call himself a lightweight but with more than 30 years of experience, his cheeky brand of humour has made him one of the country’s most loved comedians.

O’Neil has appeared on numerous Aussie TV shows including: Hughesy, We Have A Problem, Have You Been Paying Attention, The Project, The Yearly, Agony, Utopia, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, The Panel and The Fat.

He also has the honour of being the guest with the most appearances on ABC TV’s Spicks & Specks.

A celebrated broadcaster, he’s tickled funny bones on Nova Radio on and off for years; and is also the creator of popular podcast The Debrief – with Dave O’Neil, where he drives comedians home from a gig and discusses comedy and their career.

Brad Oakes will join O’Neil onstage, uniting two of the biggest names in Australian comedy in one gig. With a career spanning two decades, Oakes is best known for his TV work on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Totally Full Frontal and The Comedy Company.

The comic’s comic, Oakes has mentored and directed some of the nation’s freshest comedy heavyweights, including Tommy Little, Claire Hooper and Corrine Grant; and Coasties can also receive this world-class mentorship when Oakes hosts his comedy masterclass – The Art of The Laugh.

The first workshop of its kind to grace the venue, this master class is proof of The Art House’s commitment to providing opportunities, pathways, and expertise in the creative and performing arts for everybody.

This once in a lifetime opportunity is suitable for adults looking to break into stand-up comedy and will cover everything from writing and delivery, dealing with nerves, crowd work and much more.

Master class participants will get to attend Overweight Lightweight at no extra cost.

Overweight Lightweight and The Art of The Laugh Stand-Up Masterclass will tip the scales on January 12 and includes free pre-show entertainment and sausage sizzle in The Art House courtyard.