According to science, 15 minutes of laughter a day will burn 10 to 40 calories – step aside Fitness First, Brisbane Comedy Festival
is coming for your gig. If you’re going this year, you’re going to need sustenance for your workout like every fitspo icon – so we’ve gathered a list of places to stock up on protein (chicken burgers and chips) and hydrate (beer).
BRISBANE TIMES HA HA BAR
If the only line-up you really care about is the cocktails on your table, enjoy a few drinks under the stars from the Brisbane Times Ha Ha Bar – popping up on the Powerhouse Plaza courtesy of Bar Alto.
Yeah, seeing celebs knocking each other down a peg or two is entertaining and all, but WATT about a proper roast
. Enjoy a serving of lamb, chicken or fish for two or more people with a bottle of wine for $99 at WATT Restaurant & Bar – but bookings are essential.
Sit down to a bit of risotto before your stand up at Bar Alto, a modern Italian restaurant nestled on the beautiful banks of the Brisbane River.
There’s nothing funny about drink-driving, but luckily the Brisbane Comedy Fest has our backs with their free courtesy bus, being run from Brisbane Powerhouse to Fortitude Valley on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Get the deets here
BRISBANE CITY HALL
POP-UP BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL BAR
You’ll be set for the night after a stop at the Pop Up in King George Square, open from 5pm Tuesday – Sunday. Get your core warmed up by downing a few Mountain Goat beers on ice, delicious German sausages and doughnuts.
Don’t let your feast become a one-liner at Fat Noodle, indulge yourself with Peking duck wraps, grilled pork, and sides that’ll make you say, “dim sum good dumplings”.
For a meal that’ll keep you on your (burri)toes, stop by Super Whatnot and enjoy their Rasta chicken, chili dogs, prawn skewers, and nachos – and pair it with a wicked cocktail.
Looking for group dining you can’t beat? Visit The Terrace at Sunnybank Community and Sports Club with your mates and gorge yourself on spring rolls, schnitzel, burgers and barramundi.
Laughter is good for the soul, and so is a chicken katsu curry from Seoul Bistro, known for their crispy fried chicken and wok-fired rice/noodle dishes inspired by Korean and Japanese flavours.
Sometimes sets have comics trying too hard to fillet, but Southside Bistro will leave you satisfied – and it’s a-bao-t time you tried one of their sesame crumbed chicken sliders anyway.
So are you prepared to laugh your way to a toned set of abs? So are we, but just remember, if it doesn’t work out, just grab a six pack (of beer) and enjoy your night.
Words by Sophia Lunn, the gourmand who is shocked every time she doesn’t get thighs of steel after doing 2 squats.