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The Comedy category experienced significant gains in attendance and revenue between 2014 and 2015, surpassing the peak revenue and attendance figures recorded in 2011 and 2012. Gross revenue increased by 21.6% from $45.15 million to $54.92 million. Total attendance rose by 3% while the average ticket price increased significantly by 18.9% from $50.55 to $60.11.
As in previous years, revenue and attendances in the Comedy category largely came from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival. Notable comedians that toured in 2015 included Dylan Moran, Billy Connelly and Noel Fielding, while local comedians Carl Barron and Jim Jeffries also had successful tours in 2015.
All states and territories saw an increase in revenue and attendance, with the exception of Western Australia that experienced a decrease in revenue (17%) and attendance (37%). The highest increases in revenue and attendance were recorded in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
The Comedy category was introduced in 2009, prior to which most comedy events were likely to have been classified as either Theatre or Festivals (Single-Category) events.