Sydney Comedy Festival is the biggest event on Sydney’s comedy calendar, with hilarious comedians from around the world taking to stages across Sydney to make us chuckle and cackle until our stomachs hurt (it totally classifies as a work out).
This festival features Australian acts, international stars and exciting emerging talent, covering everything from stand-up to sketch, improv to theatre. With so much potential laughter afoot, we’ve picked our very own must-see list for Sydney Comedy Festival.
Soup loving poncho fans need to book in quick for An Evening With Noel Fielding, the leading man behind The Mighty Boosh, Luxury Comedy and Never Mind the Buzzcocks is offering up a night of stand-up, live animation, music and some of Fielding’s best known characters in a night that is sure to be anything but bland (and we mean anything).
While we’re at international guests, Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss is a charming, intelligent and hilarious act and all round-overachiever in his show Really…?! You may have seen him on Conan or Russell Howard’s Good News or heard him on Wil Anderson’s podcast FOFOP, as well having six consecutive sold-out Fringe seasons and extensively touring through the UK, USA and Australia, not to mention, he’s only 24!
Speaking of podcasts, those who like their comedy hardcore and crazy probably already know about Bart Freebairn and his new show Ultra Power Lord. An emerging talent in Australia’s comedy scene, it’s guaranteed to be high energy, intense and full of the lols.
We love to support AustralianaActs as much as we can, because really, we churn out some quality entertainers, and Sydney Comedy Festival has got us spoilt for choice when it comes to local talent. Sam Campbell, who you may have heard on Triple J, is a nervous ball of awkward energy that explodes into a night of hilarity in Cambo’s On Top, with his “comedy party show with heaps of cool stand-up, actual real magic and videos’, which is a description we can’t miss.
Snacks! by Justin Hamilton showcases his talent with his trademark hilarious and intelligent story-based stand-up which shows just how much of a class act he is. Steen Raskopoulos is bringing his great hair and great material to the festival as well, with his one man sketch comedy Character Assasin. After selling out in Melbourne, Sydney, Edinburgh and London last year, get in quick so you don’t miss out!
For a change of pace (and gender), acclaimed comic, actor, musician and cat lover Jackie Loeb will be teaming up with Gretel Killeen for this year’s festival with In Search Of A G-Chord. These two fantastic women are at the top of their game and hitting hard and hilariously, bringing double the laughs and double the women, which we can definitely get behind.
As with all festivals there are a fun bunch of sideshows to check out, but our absolutely top pick is the ‘Erotic Fan Fiction’, held monthly at The Giant Dwarf in Redfern but sure to be next level funny while the Comedy Festival is in town. If you like filth, pop culture and innuendo (99.8% of us), then be sure to get down and check it out.
Whatever way you like to get your giggles, this list should have given you a bit of a starting point of where to tackle the truly awesome and talented acts on offer at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival. Get out and among it and don’t give us that weird look when we snort-laugh.
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