With sold out festival shows and rave reviews behind them, four fine young comedians are set to lift the roof off the The Cooma Hotel next month with Comedy at the Cooma, a fundraiser for Snowy Hydro SouthCare.
Between them, Tom Gibson, Emo Parsonson, Hamish Hudson and Chris Ryan have won comedy competitions from RAW Comedy ACT to St Kilda's Just for Laughs and Green Faces. They've all performed to Cooma audiences before and were keen to help fundraise for such a great cause.
"Cooma crowds know how to have a laugh at themselves, at each other and at us," Tom said.
"They were very receptive and welcoming when we were here for a Resilience gig last year, so we're looking forward to coming back to Cooma - it's going to be a funny night."
Described as being "on the upward trajectory to comic renown" (The Canberra Times), Tom is a dangerously quick-witted comedian with high-energy anecdotes. He headlines the show with his signature fast paced and incisive observations on family life, the workplace and fishing among other pursuits.
The group's comedy styles are diverse - Emo, who will Emcee the gig, is a bewildered father with hysterical observations about family life. He decided to give stand-up comedy a go after his shearing career didn't work out and he hasn't looked back.
"I guess if I had to describe myself I'd say I'm an ex-shearing comedy maverick and father of three hailing from Wee Jasper. Is there anybody else in the world who can say that? No," Emo said.
"Comedy is great for letting off steam and laughing at life's absurdities and unfairness," said Chris, who is the 'neurotic battler' of the four.
"We're always keen to have a chat and a mingle after the show - often people come up and say the same thing happened to them or that they wish they could have said that comeback to someone that annoyed them. We might seem like we're quick on stage, but it doesn't always translate to life, unfortunately."
Hamish Hudson is the musical comedian in the group who can put a funny twist on anything from plastic bags to bad drivers. He's a cross between Kevin Bloody Wilson and Jack Johnson and doesn't mind being a bit 'blue'.
"I tell people to leave their political correctness at the door, actually, that's probably good advice for life in general. You're welcome."
Separately and sometimes together, the group have performed at Sydney's Comedy Store, the Sit-Down Comedy Club in Brisbane, Melbourne Town Hall and in galas for the Canberra Comedy Festival. They've also been touring New South Wales with shows in Wagga Wagga, Newcastle, Wollongong, Bateman's Bay, the NSW South Coast, Yass, Goulburn, and Cooma among others.
Comedy at the Cooma will be on Friday September 19 from 8pm. Tickets go on sale soon from The Cooma Hotel. www.coomahotel.com.au