Our Team

Good Chat Comedy was birthed in 2017 to three mates with too much time and too many beers under their belts. From the beginning, our aim has been to bid an overdue farewell to the tired, played-out comedy shows of the past, and bring audiences fresh new acts, atmosphere, and absolute mayhem.

We began as a monthly comedy showcase in Brisbane’s seedy red light district of Fortitude Valley, at the notoriously rowdy boutique beer bar Barbara. After 18 months of chaotic monthly shows, we moved over to our new home underneath Fritzenberger, a heritage listed pub on the corner of Brisbane’s iconic Caxton St and Petrie Tce, claiming our spot with a weekly Wednesday lineup show.

In 2020, we emerged from the initial pandemic lockdown by returning with our staple shows on every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night, alongside speciality pop-up shows on other nights of the week. We broke into the touring market, bringing shows to regional hubs in Queensland such as Cairns, Townsville, and Toowoomba, and expanded to Australian comedy festivals with shows in Adelaide Fringe, Townsville Fringe, Wynnum Fringe, and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Since we’ve begun, we’ve had a litany of brilliant renowned acts grace the stage, including Arj Barker, Jacques Barrett, Nick Cody, Luke Heggie, Geraldine Hickey, Tommy Little, Nick Capper, Brett Blake, Mel Buttle, Ben Knight, Greg Larsen, Nina Oyama, Adam Ray, Nate Jackson, Bob Franklin, John Cruickshank, James Donald Forbes McCann, Amos Gill, Dusty Rich, Lloyd Langford, Randy Feltface, Damien Power, Steph Tisdell, Gordon Southern, Matt Stewart, Tom Ballard, Dave Woodhead, and more.

Here’s the characters behind Good Chat:

Jake Smith

A born and bred Brisbane boy, Jake manages the day-to-day operations of Good Chat Comedy Club, including production and event booking, venue liaison, coordination of touring acts and overseeing our social media. Occasionally seen on the stage at Good Chat Comedy Club and around the Australian stand-up circuit, Jake can also be spotted drinking beers at the club behind the sound desk, lending a hand seating patrons, and clearing the odd table or two.

Contact him at jake@goodchatcomedy.com
Nat Russell

Nat, who is an avid comedy fan and absolute tech genius, plays an integral part in the Good Chat Comedy team. Our schmick style and flawless content is thanks largely to his talents, and as a gifted graphic designer, illustrator and animator, it’s Nat who adds the final touches to our online reach and appeal. Apart from his brilliant work behind the scenes, Nat can often be spotted at the club draining a few tins while lending a hand keeping the show running to plan, and looking after the club when the crew is on tour outside of Brisbane.

Contact him at nat@goodchatcomedy.com
Cale Donadelli

A true jack of all trades, Cale handles the booking of local acts in our weekly showcases, oversees finances and strategy, assists admitting patrons to our club, and helps keep our shows running to plan. Part of the original Good Chat trio, Cale’s experience in management and event curation help make our business what it is, and is an integral part of the team – he also claims to be Jake’s boss, a topic often heatedly debated.

Contact him at cale@goodchatcomedy.com
Jaimeson Gilders

Jam joined the Good Chat team in 2020, starting out as an extra set of hands on the door at the club. Since then, she has become an integral part of the production and design side of the business, handling overflow graphic design work, liaising with acts, coordinating technical aspects of shows, and providing a welcoming face to our patrons when they arrive to check in to our events. A budding comic in her own right, Jam can often be spotted on stage at the club, as well as around the Brisbane stand-up circuit.

Contact her at jaimeson@goodchatcomedy.com