In an unprecedented collaboration, TV stars from all the networks, comedians and musicians, will get together to do things you never knew they could or would, in an incredible TV variety event! Hosted by Eddie Perfect, the Friday Night Crack Up screens Friday 10 October at 7.30pm on ABC and live-streamed on iview as part of ABC Mental As…

See your favourite faces from all the TV networks. Sunrise’s David Koch and Samantha Armytage; Channel 9 News presenter Peter Overton, Studio 10 co-host Jessica Rowe and Lee Lin Chin from SBS; The Project’s Carrie Bickmore; Home and Away stars Nic Westaway, Alec Snow and Bonnie Sveen; The X Factor judges; MasterChef’s Matt Preston; the very talented Missy Higgins, Tim Minchin and Shaun Micallef; among many, many more.

Broadcast live-to-air, in front of a VIP studio audience, Friday Night Crack Up is an entertainment packed two hours! Showcasing major musical numbers, in-studio parlour games, sketches from Australia’s best known and funniest comedians, and an exceptional array of your favourite stars in surprising performances.

Friday Night Crack Up host Eddie Perfect said, “I can’t lie. I have no idea how a live television variety show in support of Mental Health Week is going to work because none of us have done this before. What I do know is that we have an unprecedented line-up of singers, actors, musicians, comedians and writers joining together despite their conflicting network affiliations, throwing caution to the wind and bringing their considerable gifts to the table in support of mental health. It’s precisely my anarchic idea of a good time, actually. It’s time to talk about mental health; an issue which eventually touches every single one of us. Might as well enjoy ourselves while we’re at it.”

ABC Director of Television, Richard Finlayson said, “ABC Mental As is the biggest cross-platform event we’ve ever staged and the Friday Night Crack Up is the climax of a week of TV, radio, news and online programming. I’m proud that an industry famous for its fierce competition is working together to help raise money for mental health research. ”

The ABC is working with the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) and its President, Professor Patrick McGorry, to help boost funding for mental health research and support the effort in discovering the next breakthroughs in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental ill health. Show your support by making a donation at

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