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Arts Centre comedy show a first Bankstown Arts Centre’s first-ever stand-up comedy night, The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour, will be held on Thursday (5 October). No  

​Bankstown Arts Centre’s first-ever stand-up comedy night, The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour, will be held on Thursday (5 October).

The show tells the story of Neville Umbrellaman – an excommunicated tele-evangelist who now hosts a late-night radio show.

Umbrellaman will indulge a number of lonely people who call into the show, including spiritual visionaries, insomniac callers and lovers looking for romantic advice.

Bankstown-based writer and performer, Nitin Vengurlekar, who has written the comedy show and will also star as Umbrellaman, said the piece has been three years in the making.

"The characters and their peculiar situations are based very loosely on me and some of the things I’ve experienced in my life," Mr Vengurlekar said.

"I have no doubt the audience will be in stitches and maybe learn a thing or two."


Sydney-based comedian and writer Jennifer Wong, star of ABC3’s MY:24, Madeleine Stewart, and award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director, Penny Greenhalgh are also part of the show’s line-up, while the talents of south western Sydney-based singer/songwriter Zeadala and artistic director Felix Cross are also featured.

"The stars of this show are some of my all-time favourite comedy acts. They’re people who have inspired me in my career and really crack me up," Mr Vengurlekar said.

Mayor, Khal Asfour, welcomed the staging of the first comedy show in the new city.

"It looks like a great opportunity to get together with family and friends, and share a good laugh," Mayor Asfour said.

The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour, will be held at Bankstown Arts Centre on Thursday (5 October) from 7.30-9pm.

Tickets cost $5 prior to the event, or $10 at the door. For more information, or to make a booking, call 9707 5775 or go to

The Arts Centre also has an exciting line-up of other events scheduled for October, including a female-only forum for artists living in Western Sydney, called The Woman Speaks, on Saturday 21 October at 7pm.

 30/11/2017 3:32 PM