Cruising with Comedy

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 |
Cruise comedians have often been the laughing-stock of the comedy industry- and not in the way they might hope. 'Boat Acts' have been billed as the end of a comedian's career- but the cruise industry is looking to change this, notably P&O and Carnival with their latest comedy initiatives.

Carnival has hired George Lopez to be their new Director of Comedy. Part of the 500 million dollar Fun Ship 2.0 initiative which will overhaul the guest experience on Carnival ships, the Punchliner Comedy Clubs will become Punchliner Comedy Clubs presented by George Lopez. One of his routines will be offered on in-cabin televisions, and pre-recorded introductions by George will precede acts in the Comedy Club shows. He will also play an active role in finding and securing the acts which will perform onboard, which is expected to raise the calibre of comedy.

P&O in Australia also has a focus on comedy this year, but is aiming at specific cruises- it is offering several short-break comedy cruises in 2012. As these are focused on having a laugh, they feature top-notch Australian and international comedians. These include Tom Gleeson, Fiona McGary, Mad Mike Bennett,  Mick Meredith and many, many more.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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