Mark McConville will be the first comedian welcomed to Studio 188.
Mark McConville will be the first comedian welcomed to Studio 188.

Studio 188 hoping to expand the comedy scene in Ipswich

STAND-UP comedians are ready to turn Ipswich into a side-splitting barrel of laughs when Studio 188 hosts its first comedy night on August 23.

The entertainment venue will be hosting two headline acts per month for the rest of the year in an attempt to fill a comedy gap in the area.

Ipswich Civic Centre and Performing Arts Manager Suzannah Conway said she hoped to expand the comedy scene in Ipswich.

"I've always loved comedy and there's a great interest here in Ipswich," she said.

"We don't seem to have much stand-up here, I would love for it to take off.

"People can come along and have a great night for good value."

Mark McConville will be the first comedian welcomed to Studio 188 and said he is looking forward to performing somewhere new after 16 years in the industry.

"It's all about sharing the laughter, it's good for your health and there should be more of it," he said.

"I enjoy bringing some happiness in people's lives.

"Ipswich is evolving and creating its own identity, it's good for the region as a whole to have more entertainment options."

Mandy Nolan has been in the comedy scene for 28 years and said she enjoyed performing in more regional areas.

The first stand-up comedy night will be on August 23 at Studio 188 and is designed for those aged 15 and above.

Tickets are $20 online or $24 at the door, for more information or to book visit studio188.com.au or phone 3810 6100.



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