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A Barrel Of Laughs In Bowen

A nationally touring adults-only comedy show is jamming two of its best comics into the car for a North Queensland Tour arriving at the Original North Australian in mid-March.

The Aussie Pub Comedy Tour will arrive in Bowen at one of the state’s oldest pubs on March 18, bringing comedians Chris ‘The Bloke’ Franklin and Evan Hocking with it.

Franklin and Hocking are both classic Aussie comedians to their core – crass, crude, rude, and lude – and excellent humourists with a finger on the pulse of bloke culture; especially Franklin, who is most famous for his number one song ‘Bloke’, which debuted in 2000.

“I’m a bloke, I’m a yobbo, and me best mate’s name is Robbo”, Franklin sang in his famous song, which sold more than 120,000 copies and was the third biggest single released by an Australian that year, launched his comedy career to soaring heights.

In the eyes of true-blue Aussies, the parody song became a strong candidate for replacing Advance Australia Fair, capturing bogan cliches that still ring true.

Alongside Hocking – a renowned comedy podcaster and stand-up comic – the pair are ready to “sweat bullets” in the Far North for the Aussie Pub Comedy Tour, a concept conceived in late 2017 with the vision of bringing quality comedy shows to regional pubs and venues.

Don’t miss the ‘The Bloke’ and Hocking at the Original North Australian soon.

Tickets can be purchased online through

WHAT: The Aussie Pub Comedy Tour

WHEN: Saturday, March 18, from 8.00pm

WHERE: The Original North Australian

Chris ‘The Bloke’ Franklin is just one of two comedians coming to Bowen as part of the Aussie Pub Comedy Tour

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