Class of 2011
Send in the clowns
Ryan Withers, 27 ("but my face just turned 15") ... surreal verbal riffer. Photo: Marco Del Grande
Cover star Ryan Withers relocated to Britain and, with fellow 2011 Next Big Things Carnovale & Culp (the Cloud Girls), debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Slow Clap (Vachel Spirason and Stephanie Brotchie) won Best Comedy at last year's Auckland Fringe, toured to London and the Edinburgh Fringe and won awards and five-star reviews for new show Truth at this year's Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF).
Telia Nevile scored a five-star review at this year's Adelaide Fringe and a storming season in The Bedroom Philosopher's High School Assembly at the MICF.
Unleashed ... Lori Bell as Granny Flaps.
Tessa Waters debuted A Little Bit of Standing up and a Little Bit of Falling Down, sparking rapturous praise at the MICF. Anne Edmonds inspired similar acclaim with My Banjo's Name is Steven. Smart Casual starred in a certain fast-food chain's TV ad and pulled in plaudits for new show Broken Dreams.
Jennifer Wong unleashed Ouch & Other Words at the MICF, with the Sydney Comedy Festival and Perth International Comedy Festival to come.
Lori Bell's R-rated alter ego Granny Flaps unleashed more filth in Loose Lips at the Adelaide Fringe before scandalising star gala Politically Incorrect at the MICF.
Luke Heggie garnered praise with more dry observation in Master of None at the Adelaide Fringe and scored a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.