Stan today announced that the brand new Stan Original Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival will premiere Saturday, 9 May at 7pm AEST, with new episodes weekly, only on Stan.

The Stan Original series was commissioned as a direct result of the cancellation of many of Australia’s most-loved comedy festivals and tours, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

Created by Stan and Guesswork Television, the Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival is a four-part series which will showcase the cream of Australia’s comedy crop.

Starting on the 9th of May, each episode will feature at least six different comedians performing short standup comedy spots captured by cameras delivered to their homes.

Dealing with the highs and lows of lockdown, some of Australia’s biggest comedians will be putting on rare and raw performances from the comfort of their own homes. Their audience will range from loud and loveable kids to adorable pets, bathroom mirrors, empty lounge rooms and laundry baskets. You’ll see them in their bathrooms, bathrobes, baths, bedrooms and kitchens but most importantly, they’ll be streamed directly into Australian homes ready to make us laugh.

Previously announced comedians Wil AndersonCal WilsonNazeem HussainDave HughesZoe Coombs MarrTommy LittleGeraldine HickeyDilruk JayasinhaSteph TisdellAaron ChenSam CampbellMichelle BrasierNath Valvo will be joined by new additions including Tom Ballard, Randy Feltface, Claire Hooper, Becky Lucas, Sam Taunton, Nikki Britton, Demi Lardner & Tom Walker, and exciting emerging talents Lauren Bonner, Oliver Twist, Blake Freeman and Bec Charlwood.

Episode one will feature MC Dave Hughes along with Tom Ballard, Becky Lucas, Randy Feltface, Nikki Britton and newcomer Oliver Twist.  

The second instalment of the comedy special will feature MC Nazeem Hussain, along with Zoë Coombs Marr, Dilruk Jayasinha, Nath ValvoDemi Lardner & Tom Walker, plus emerging talent Lauren Bonner.

Episode three will see Cal Wilson taking up the MC spot, while other comedians include Tommy Little, Aaron Chen, Geraldine HickeySam Taunton and newcomer Bec Charlwood. 

Rounding out the special, episode four will feature Wil Anderson as MC, plus Claire HooperSam Campbell, Steph Tisdell, Michelle Brasier, and emerging talent Blake Freeman.  

Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival premieres Saturday, 9 May at 7pm AEST, only on Stan.