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Chris Ryan, Frankie McNair and more bring laughs back to Canberra Theatre Centre

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One of the last events I remember uploading to our events calendar pre-COVID was Canberra comedian Frankie McNair’s show, Big Dumb Idiot.

I remember feeling excited—I’d seen Frankie (pictured) perform on multiple occasions and had already bought tickets to see Big Dumb Idiot, part of the 2020 Canberra Comedy Festival. Then, COVID.

Now, five months later, it’s time to bring some laughs back to the Theatre’s hallowed halls. Or at least to the Link Bar.

On Friday 11 September, a stellar line up of some of Canberra’s funniest comedians will take to the Link Bar stage for a night of irreverent laughs.

Featuring Chris Ryan, Frankie McNair, Sue Stanic, Tanya Losanno and Laura Campbell—that’s right, it’s an all-female lineup, and we’re loving it—That’s What She Said will be a night to remember for fans of live comedy.

With COVID-safe seating arranged in tables of four, there’s never been a better excuse to get three of your besties together—noting that tickets can only be bought in groups of four.

For those who haven’t experienced the joy of seeing these brilliant minds perform, here’s a little primer.

  • Chris Ryan is a former journalist, mother of two teenagers and one of the most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene, winning Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2019.
  • Frankie McNair is the creator of sold-out Canberra Comedy Festival show Frantasia and has performed to sell-out crowds at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She was also a Raw Comedy competition State Finalist.
  • Sue Stanic joined the Canberra stand-up comedy scene in 2018. Since then Sue has been performing in some of Canberra’s best rooms and was a State Finalist in the 2020 RAW Comedy competition.
  • Tanya Losanno has written and performed five solo shows and is a two-time Moosehead grant recipient. She is also a comedian, celebrant and carer. After 20 years of living and performing in Melbourne, Tanya is back to bring her comedy and storytelling to the audiences of Canberra.
  • Laura Campbell is a young Canberra based stand up comedian, MC and disability activist. Her comedy is an energetic, fearless and sexy perspective into the adventures of a woman with a disability.


Attendees will be required to provide their names and phone numbers for contact tracing, and the venue capacity will be strictly limited in line with current health restrictions.

Tickets will be sold in sets of four, with each group seated at their own table.


What: That’s What She Said
When: Friday 11 September from 7 pm
Seating: One group per table, seating by general admission.
Where: Link Bar, Canberra Theatre Centre
Bookings: canberratheatrecentre.com.au or call the Box Office on (02) 6275 2700
More information: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/thats-what-she-said


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