Renowned comedian headlines Coast's first comedy fest

Sammy J is bring his new show Hero Complex to the inaugural Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival.
Sammy J is bring his new show Hero Complex to the inaugural Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival. Contributed

WHEN comedian Sammy J began journalling his life as a child, he had no way of knowing those diary entries would form the basis of his hit new comedy show.

Now, Hero Complex is coming to the inaugural Sunshine Coast Comedy Festival after being well received in Sammy's hometown of Melbourne.

Heath Franklin and Troy Kinne will also take the stage at the Majestic Cinemas and Events Centre in Nambour along with the Young Guns Comedy Showdown and the Sunshine Coast Festival Gala.

Running from October 26 across three days, the team from The Sit Down Comedy Club - Queensland's longest running comedy venue - have worked hard to bring these acts to the region.

Arguably best known for his work with puppet Randy, Sammy said the new show was a lot more personal and documented a "bizarre tale” spanning 20 years.

"It's basically a very strange, but true story that starts in 1996 when I borrowed some Phantom comics from my school gardener and ends last year when a policeman was searching my attic,” he said.

"I struck up this friendship with the gardener based on a mutual love of comics and it would sound made up except for the fact I've got all this documentary evidence, photos and movies and diary entries that kind of chronical the friendship.

"He disappeared from school under slightly odd circumstances then appeared in my life years later, so it's a bit of a mystery story.”

The rise of comedy festivals in regional areas is incredibly important, according to Sammy, who said in the age of Netflix and Youtube we're used to not needing to leave the house for entertainment.

"Theatres in particular have learnt over the last decade or so that comedy gets people out of the house,” he said.

"When you're there laughing with strangers around you can't replicate or download that.”

You can buy tickets for the festival from or by calling the Majestic Cinema on 5441 2954.

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