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Attending the annual Feast Festival Comedy Gayla has become one of those inevitable things in life – like Santa arriving in the Christmas Pageant, only the Gayla is much more fun and a tad more foul-mouthed .

Host Lori Bell never ceases to amuse and surprise. This year she had the audience doubling over when she told the story about a time at the pool when she couldn’t find her knickers. You get the gist. There is a lot going on below the belt.

This is a gig where comedians can try out new jokes and routines on a gay and lesbian-friendly audience. Never is a self-deprecating joke about lesbians at Bunnings more welcome than here.

If you dislike swearing, the Gayla isn’t for you. However, if you like your jokes raw and untamed, this is the right place.

None of the other acts on the 2014 bill reach Bell’s heights, but John Cameron is excellent when he jokes about politics, and newcomer Demi Lardner, who has already won awards both here and in Edinburgh, presents a fresh and different take on the world. Malt Biscuit plays the sidekick well and the banter never stops between Bell and Biscuit.

There are a couple of musical acts that are well worth seeing, my favourite being Beau Heartbreaker, a drag-king farmer who wants to be a rock star.

With two intervals, the Gayla is a little long, but that won’t be enough to stop me coming back for more comedy next year.

The Comedy Gayla was a one-only performance, but several of the performers will be presenting solo shows during Feast Festival, including Beau Heartbreaker (November 19-21) and Lori Bell (November 19). Lori Bell, Beau Heartbreaker and John Cameron will also be performing at the Port Adelaide Comedy Night this Saturday.

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