Kittson & Dean return to Maitland


It’s an age old question... Is bigger really better?  Does size matter?   Quantity over quality?  

All will be revealed, or at least debated, at the 2016 Mai-Wel Celebrity Comedy Debate, proudly presented by DFK Crosbie.  

Returning to Maitland Town Hall on Saturday 13th August, 2016, the Debate will host a hysterical battle as national celebrities and local high profile identities go toe-to-toe to contest the topic “Bigger is Better”.  

Tackling the affirmative argument, that bigger is better, will be American born stand-up star and writer Tommy Dean who is returning for his second Debate.  He will join forces with Catherine Henry, lawyer and partner of Newcastle’s Catherine Henry Partners and the Hunter Valley’s very own comedian, actor and humour therapist, Alan Glover.  

Leader of the opposition, arguing that bigger is not better, is International performer, author and Mai-Wel Debate icon Jean Kittson, who will take the reins and lead Newcastle young gun and 2013 Triple J Raw semi-finalist, David Gairdner, and Newcastle Herald Senior Journalist, Joanne McCarthy.  

David Marchese, ABC News Broadcast Journalist, has been handed the golden mic and will endeavour to keep the shenanigans under control and maintain a certain level of decorum as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.  

Tickets are $75 each and will include a light two-course meal and plenty of opportunities for the audience to take home an array of unique and exciting prizes. Seating is at round tables of ten and individual tickets are available.  

Since its inception, The Mai-Wel Group’s Annual Celebrity Comedy Debate has become a hot ticket on the social calendar and is one of three major fundraising events undertaken annually.  

The 12th annual Celebrity Comedy Debate will be a light hearted and entertaining evening for all involved and although the debate can be frivolous and fun, the event has at its core the serious undertones of raising funds and promoting awareness for The Mai-Wel Group. Proceeds from the evening will be allocated to the Creative Arts Program to purchase resources that will provide all-inclusive art and performance opportunities for people with a disability or disadvantage in our local community.  

Tickets can be purchased by phoning the Mai-Wel events team on (02) 4932 8599 or visiting the website,, but you need to get in quickly as they will sell out!

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