Fady Kassab

Lebanon-born, now Sydney-based Fady Kassab has cemented himself as a comedian to watch, with a commitment to the craft that has seen him deliver a full new show every year since winning Australia’s prestigious national comedy competition, triple j’s RAW Comedy in 2019. His show-stopping performance, televised on Australian TV (SBS), saw him flown to that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe where he was selected to feature in the Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show.

Whilst in the UK, Fady also made the grand finals of The Gilded Balloon’s long-running So you Think You’re Funny comedy competition. One of the largest and best-known venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Gilded has been running the most influential comedy competition in the UK since 1988. Making the finals of the prestigious showcase puts Fady in the company of previous finalists including comedy luminaries Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Graham Norton and Hannah Gadsby.

Fady has since caught the eye of global megastar comedians including Jim Jefferies and Bassem Youssef, who have both invited Fady to open for multiple Australian shows. This places Fady in the rather unique position as a relative newcomer to stand-up comedy, of having performed for sold-out audiences at venues including the Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, and Sydney’s State Theatre.

A childhood spent with 17 years of the Lebanese war as the backdrop, along with his migration to Australia has given Fady a unique perspective to draw from. Fady credits the traumas of war with fuelling his optimistic approach to life and comedy in general. He speaks funny truths with dark undertones and approaches topics delicately and provocatively.

Fady’s debut full solo hour, Borderline, gathered 5 star reviews and sold out shows at Adelaide and Sydney Comedy Festivals. He’s been seen performing a solo set on the Sydney Opera House’s Digital Season, Humour Us, and as a writer and guest on Season One of Jan Fran and Wil Anderson’s quiz-panel show Question Everything.

In 2022 Fady made his Just For Laughs: Australia debut, tearing the roof off Melbourne’s iconic Malthouse Theatre with a killer set for the world-renowned comedy festival. The show was first broacast on Australian commercial television Network 10 in September 2022, further introducing Fady’s joyous style of stand-up to Australian audiences.

Has you hooked in the first sentence and laughing in the second.

Chortle (UK)

Up there with the best show I’ve seen. A no brainer 5 Stars.

★★★★★ Mindshare

Fady creatively weaves humour into tales of hardship and delights the audience with his hilarious insights. Often irreverent, occasionally shocking but always entertaining, Fady narrates with heart, humour and a certain irreverence that delights, shocks and leaves you wanting more.

★★★★1/2 Upside Adelaide

Fady’s comedy is feel good and joyous, delivered with a disarming cheeky grin that pulls the crowd in. His material cuts across a diverse multicultural audience.

He is smart and quick enough to riff off the conference presenters and material that precedes him, in a manner that helps everyone look great.

But most of all, Fady is just really funny and puts everyone in a great mood.

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