COMEDY GALA TO SET REEF FES­TI­VAL OFF

In­dulge in a night out of fun and joy

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Louise Shan­non

LAUGH­TER is widely at­trib­uted with im­prov­ing your mood, your re­la­tion­ships and your stress lev­els so do your health a favour and in­dulge in a night of hi­lar­ity at the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val Comedy Gala.

A hearty gig­gle will not only make you feel good, but is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for a night out.

Ellen Kerr, or­gan­iser of next month’s an­nual event, said two of Bris­bane’s best-loved co­me­di­ans – Mark McConville and Steve White­ley – would be per­form­ing and the evening would be co-hosted by Steady Eddy and Jolly Jingo.

Ms Kerr said the aim of evening as part of the 17th Reef Fes­ti­val was to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals get to­gether and have an af­ford­able night out.

“I think laugh­ter is the best medicine,” she said.

Mr McConville, who has been per­form­ing as a stand-up comic for 18 years, is pas­sion­ate about help­ing re­duce stress in our so­ci­ety and rates of de­pres­sion and sui­cide.

He is an ad­vo­cate for men­tal health and holds laugh­ter clin­ics, which com­bine comedy and laugh­ter to help peo­ple find ways to in­crease their daily ex­po­sure to hu­mour.

“Mak­ing peo­ple laugh is the best job in the world. I ab­so­lutely love it,” he said.

“I’m a firm be­liever in en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence comedy in all its forms; it’s been proven that laugh­ter is ben­e­fi­cial to your health and can help re­duce stress and anx­i­ety. This in turn cre­ates more work for co­me­di­ans thus adding value to our in­dus­try as a whole, so every­body wins.”

“My ul­ti­mate goal is to re­duce so­ci­etal stress, de­pres­sion and sui­cides by cre­at­ing a di­rect link be­tween the comedy in­dus­try and that of men­tal health, while mak­ing a lot of peo­ple laugh along the way.”

Nick­named ‘The Bogan Prince of Aus­tralian Comedy’, Mr White­ley spends much of his time per­form­ing on cruise ships but loves to tour Aus­tralia when he’s home. He is known for his en­gag­ing sto­ry­telling ex­per­tise and his unique ob­ser­va­tions of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and ev­ery­day life.

Tick­ets are on sale now and are ex­pected to sell out.

PHOTO: AN­DREA THOMP­SON

FUNNY MAN: Steve White­ley is one of this year's co­me­di­ans at the Reef Fes­ti­val Comedy Gala on Au­gust 3.

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