Review: Ballaratcat Comedy headlined by Celia Pacquola and Dave Thornton

Posted by | December 09, 2013 | SEE & DO | No Comments

Celia Pacquola

The George Hotel should be renamed the Guffaw Hotel once every month, when the good folks at Ballaratcat comedy invite the Lords and Ladies of Laughter to alight in our golden town.

Last Thursday was no exception, as we were treated to a veritable smorgasbord of japery from six fine comedians.
Gerard McCulloch (Dirty Laundry, This Week Live) performed his MC duties with much aplomb, as did two local amateurs, who braved nerves to perform some sterling and promising Open Mic sets.

Then it was the turn of the pros, who did not disappoint. Michael Connell started the giggle storm, with a brilliant and intelligent routine. This was followed by the dorky adorability (with a slap of wicked naughtiness) of Celia Pacquola (Laid, Offspring). Lastly, and certainly not leastly, we were blessed with the blokey hilarity of the headliner, Dave Thornton (This Week Live, Nova FM).

Together they created a golden night of comedy, which had me wheezing with laughter (yes, I’m becoming an old man, with an old man cough-laugh). The Ballaratcat night should be on everyone’s monthly to-do list.

Next week, audiences will be treated to Lehmo (Before The Game, The Project, Gold FM), Steele Saunders (I love Green Guide Letters podcast), Tommy Dassalo (Little Dum Dum Club podcast) and Demi Lardner (winner Raw Comedy 2013, So You Think You’re Funny (Edinburgh) 2013), all for a measly $20. It’s the last show until next February, so get your tickets quickly.

For more information and bookings, visit

Ballaratcat Comedy
Thursday, 12 December
The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard Street, Ballarat
A $20 Bargain!

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A recent addition to Ballarat's rich history. I'm on a constant search to justify my tree change by finding the best bars, the tastiest food and the most interesting folk in this golden city.