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World’s Funniest Island not so funny it’s Cancelled

NEWSFLASH courtesy ABC

Lead balloon: city comedy festival scrapped

New South Wales has lost a major event, with The Cockatoo Island comedy festival scrapped due to a funding shortfall – just 10 days out from its opening.

The ‘World’s Funniest Island’ event was to have featured Jane Turner and Gina Riley as suburban mother and daughter Kath and Kim as well as Wil Anderson, the Umbilical Brothers and Michael Winslow from the Police Academy films.

The festival was cancelled yesterday after organisers failed to secure a bail-out package from Events New South Wales, which was supporting it.

The Minister for Major Events Kevin Greene says he was not at the meeting.

“Basically they’ve made the decision when they’ve contacted Events NSW, [that] is the advice I have,” he said.

“This is extremely disappointing but we should also highlight that there are a stack of major events taking place in Sydney just in the next few days.”

Organisers say the cancellation is an enormous disappointment and that ticket holders will be refunded within fourteen business days.

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