When you make someone laugh, you can also make them think, which is the power of comedy according to one of Wagga’s comedians.
Actor and comedian Michelle Brasier said the power of comedy should never be discounted because of everything that’s going on in the world.
“Once you can make someone laugh, you make them cry and you can make them think,” she said.
“If you can tell a good story you can at least try to have a crack at changing hearts and minds.”
Ms Brasier has been trailblazing through the comedic industry since she left Wagga and will be coming home to share her latest act, the Double Denim Adventure Show, with fellow comedian Laura Frew.
“I came back last year with Double Denim, but this is new content so I'm excited to see how Wagga reacts,” she said.
Ms Brasier loves her hometown, where she lived until she was 18, but she doesn’t hesitate to poke a few jokes during her act.
“There’s a lot of jokes about Wagga and Wagga references, I can’t get away from that,” she said.
“One thing I often joke about is when I was growing up, Wagga was the teen pregnancy capital of Australia.”
Ms Brasier emphasised the fact that she just wants to be known as a “comedian not a female comedian”.
“I have a lot of people come up to me and say ‘I normally don’t like female comedians but I liked you’ which can be frustrating,” she said.
There is so much more to a comedian’s act than their gender Ms Brasier said, but she is glad to see women in comedy are making a name for themselves and supporting each other.
Ms Brasier puts her own experiences at the front of her acts with a focus on coming of age and “with lots of silly jokes and references to the nineties.”
The show coming to Wagga on June 15 has been described as part safari party, part murder mystery and all denim. More information: http://www.civictheatre.com.au/whatson/double-denim-adventure-show.