with Jon Bennett
Monday, 30 April
Venue 2 - Ghost Light Theatre
TICKET PRICE: $30
Experience a short storytelling performance with a Q&A and special guests followed by a workshop by professional touring comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Fire in the Meth Lab, Pretending Things are a Cock, How I Learned to Hug, The Moth Mainstage).
The (loose) aim of the workshops is to leave attendees with an idea for a story or show of their own, the framework for that show along with knowledge of how to take your show on the road. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to create and tell a 5 minute story of their own. The workshop will be interactive and geared around the ideas and intentions of the attendees.
Topics covered in the Workshop plus a Q&A:
Finding a story:
-Learn methods to mine for stories from your past experiences.
-Find out how to structure your story in a way that will keep your audience engaged.
Structuring your story:
- Using silence
- Using breaks
- Bookending your story
- Finding a beginning, middle and end
Finding a ‘trick’:
- Explore performance strategies to present your story in a way that is authentic and entertaining.
- Using Nostalgia
- Using Callbacks
- Using Honesty
Touring your show:
- Finance (How to make $$$)
- What festivals to apply for and how to get into them.
7 X JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD nominee (Montreal Fringe, 2011/12/13/14/15/16/17)
6 X SELECTION - MOTH MAIN STAGE (New York)
4 X BEST COMEDY AWARD nominee (Perth Fringe, 2012/13/14/15)
2 X SELECTION JUST FOR LAUGHS ZOOFEST (Montreal, 2013/2014)
MOTH STORY SLAM WINNER (New York, 2014)
FUNNIEST SHOW AWARD WINNER (London Fringe, 2015)
BEST COMEDY AWARD WINNER (Victoria Fringe, 2017)
PRODUCERS PICK AWARD WINNER (London Fringe, 2017)
BEST INDEPENDENT COMEDY nominee (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2015)
PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD WINNER (Winnipeg Fringe, 2011)
CRITICS PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD WINNER (San Diego Fringe, 2014)
PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD WINNER (Calgary Fringe, 2015)
PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD WINNER (Boulder Fringe, 2015)
BEST PERFORMANCE WINNER (Victoria Fringe, 2016)
CRITICS CHOICE AWARD WINNER (Orlando Fringe, 2015)
“Armed only with self-deprecating wit and memories, Bennett reminds us that ordinary people lead extraordinary lives. ★★★★★” – The Sunday Mail (AUS)
“Bennett is the patron saint of storytelling. ★★★★★” – Broadway Baby (UK)
"Stories as funny as they are heart-warmingly honest. You will laugh, but you will also tear up at the honesty he brings to the stage. ★★★★★" - National Post
“Hilarious. ★★★★★" – Edmonton Sun (CAN)
"Bennett is an elite comedian with a masterful delivery, sense of timing, and superlative writing skills. ★★★★★" – Theatre In London
“Bennett is a joy to watch. This is bold, honest, engaging and different to a lot of standard comedy on offer. ★★★★★” – Fringe Guru (UK)
“Incinerates your expectations of the solo confessional, this flammable Australian is in a league of his own. ★★★★½" – Edmonton Journal (CAN)
Jon Bennett is a world renowned comedic storyteller and 7 X JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARD nominee. Jon’s comedy career began in his homeland Australia, and after 14 years in the business he is now known as one of the most prolific storyteller-comedians touring the world. With a total of 8 one-hour-long individual comedy shows and appearing in over 65 festivals, Jon is constantly performing across the globe making people laugh through exceptional comedic storytelling.
He has received multiple 5 star reviews in reputable publications world wide and won awards such as Funniest Show Award in the London Fringe, Critics Choice Award for Best Solo Show at the Orlando Fringe and a Golden Gibbo Award nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
He has performed at a number of prestigious festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal and multiple times for the illustrious Moth Main Stage Storytelling in the USA. Performing in such distinguished venues such as the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide and The Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York. Stages that have housed hugely famous bands and comedians to Presidents Lincoln and Obama.
In 2017 Jon performed at an impressive 24 festivals over four continents garnering even more awards and accolades.