COMEDY LEGENDS RETURN TO SYDNEY COMEDY ICON
NEXT WEEK AT HAROLD PARK HOTEL: GEORGE SMILOVICI AND FIONA O'LOUGHLIN!
The Harold Park Hotel in Glebe was widely recognised through the 80's and 90's as the home of Sydney Comedy, playing host to international stars like Ben Elton and the late and great Robin Williams, and kick-starting the careers of Australian Comedy Legends like Greg Fleet, Adam Hills, ‘Flacco', Bob Downe, Jimeoin and many more.
Years later, despite all the changes and renovations, it is still remembered fondly as one of the great ‘comedic engine rooms' of Sydney, and has a reputation that demanded comedy to return.
In December last year, comedy event series The Laugh Stand brought the laughs back to Harold Park as a monthly event on each first Tuesday, accompanied with 2 FOR 1 meals from the pub's first class bistro.
Since then, the room has attracted an average of around 80 punters, as well as some of the biggest names in Australian Comedy, including; Peter Berner, Tommy Dean, Gary Eck, Mikey Robins, Merrick Watts and for two very special shows in June this year, the newly reformed ‘Doug Anthony Allstars' (DAAS).
The legendary DAAS, comprised of Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott, and, now, Paul ‘Flacco' Livingston, never forgot the importance of Harold Park, and saw it to be the best intimate venue in which to hold two very special trial shows, in preparation for a tour currently taking the country by storm.
Tim Ferguson won't stop talking about Harold Park. "I lost my comedy virginity at the Harold Park Hotel. Twice." Followed by: "People who haven't been to Harold Park Hotel are dead to me."
Tim concludes by candidly, and controversially, addressing a famous rivalry: "Melbourne is funnier than Sydney. But Sydney has Harold Park Hotel, so it wins."
The great Peter Berner (Triple M, ‘BackBerner', ‘The Einstein Factor'), says: "The Laugh Stand is more than just a play on words. Much more. It stages some of the best stand up nights going around. Getting booked to perform at The Laugh Stand is one of the few reasons I will put on pants."
Next week, two of the biggest comedy names of yesterday and today are returning to the Harold Park Hotel:
On Tuesday 2 September at 8pm, the headliner is ‘old-school' comedy treasure, George Smilovici, who topped the Aus, NZ and USA charts with iconic comedy mantra ‘I'm Tuff'.
Then on Thursday 4 September at 8.30pm, the reigning ‘Queen of Australian Comedy', Fiona O'Loughlin (‘Good News Week', ‘Spicks and Specks', ‘Talkin' ‘Bout Your Generation) stars in a very special event.
Harold Park Hotel is located at 70A Ross Street, Glebe, NSW, 2037.