ANDREW Milos joked that if the inaugural Newcastle Comedy Festival fails he'll "move back with mum and eat two-minute noodles."
It's been a long-held dream of the 30-year-old promoter to bring some of Australia's best stand-up talent to Newcastle.
On Wednesday it became a reality when the Newcastle Comedy Festival was officially launched at the Civic Theatre. Newcastle City Council have provided a $15,000 grant and marketing support towards the event, which will be held from May 23 to 26 and features Gen Fricker (Triple J), Tommy Little (The Project), Aaron Gocs, Al Del Bene (USA) and Neel Kolhatkar.
The highlight will be a two-hour 12-comic showcase at the Civic Theatre on May 24. Then on May 25 and 26 there will be a series of solo shows at 5 Sawyers, The Happy Wombat and the Clarendon Hotel.
"I'm hoping people will come out for this one, so it can only get bigger here," Milos said. "If it doesn't work I'll just move back with mum and eat two-minute noodles for the next few months, but I'm quietly confident it'll work."
In 2017 Milos created Big Dog Comedy to provide an outlet for stand-up fans. Since then Big Dog Comedy has attracted a dedicated audience across 56 shows.
Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the festival would be a tourism drawcard.
"If council can do one thing, it's support these events as a city when they start up and help them grow into a big event," Cr Nelmes said.
"I would love to see this event in five years be 14 times the size it is now because there's enough talent and demand for people to come to Newcastle."