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Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 9:00am

Dean Haglund sounds like a fairly chipper guy, and despite the role that brought him international, conspiratorial renown, it’s easy to see why.

 

His casting as one of The X-Files’ Lone Gunmen turned out to be a sweet gig, but his long-standing passion has been for all things comedic. You can see this in the flesh at Celebrity Theatresports, where Haglund and a host of others...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 12:50pm

Back this month with an amazing lineup, The Laugh Stand is the place you'll want to be for an injection of fun and mayhem. 

 

Featuring on the comedy lineup this month is Cait Johnson, fresh from her appearences at the...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 1:00pm

The Laugh Stand's next comedy showcase is in support of the So They Can charity, empowering women and children in East Africa through education. 

 

Comedy will come from locals Julia Wilson, Scott Dettrick, Matty B, Dane Hiser, Suren Jayemanne, Umit Bali, Michele Betts, Amanda Gray and Jonas Holt (a Tony Abbott impersonator). Mikey Robins will do the duty as MC for the night....

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 9:35am

The lols just keep coming ahead of Just For Laughs Sydney 2016.

 

The annual festival of comedy, which brings the world-famous Just For Laughs brand to Sydney's biggest stages, has added three more names to its 2016 program.

 

New Zealand actor and comedian Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Conchords, What We Do In The Shadows), US stand-up and broadcaster Jim Norton and...

Posted 23 Jul 2016 @ 10:00am

In 2013, Michael McIntyre was revealed to be the world’s highest-grossing comedian, and his popularity certainly hasn’t waned since then.

 

Last year he sold out London’s 20,000-capacity O2 Arena an astounding ten nights in a row. Such widespread approval could easily go to one’s head, but McIntyre’s success hasn’t alienated him from his core fan base. His stand-up isn’t...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 11:53am

There is no holding back when it comes to Australia’s love for homegrown comedians.

 

If history shows us anything, it’s that the more outrageous and politically incorrect the jokes are, the more Aussie crowds love them. As proven on festival stages by the likes of Rodney Rude and Jim Jefferies, there is something so appealing about hearing someone make jokes you really shouldn’t...

Posted 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:35am

Sydney Fringe Festival is back in 2016 for its biggest edition yet, and the producers of the Sydney Comedy Festival are joining the fun once again.

 

The sixth annual Sydney Fringe Comedy program spans the duration of Sydney Fringe, and features more than 100 shows from local and international funnypeople. Marrickville's Factory Theatre will be the home of comedy in September,...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:27pm

After selling out at the Sydney Comedy Festival, an encore of the Jagged Little Singalong has been announced. 

 

Alanis Morrissette's '90s classic album, Jagged Little Pill, will be celebrated at another singalong show featuring Tom Dickins, Alison Avron, Lady Sings It Better and Sorcha Albuquerque. 

 

Audiences are encouraged to bring their best and worst singing...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 2:16pm

The comedian Josh Wade will present his new show at three Sydney venues, starting next week.

 

Wade takes his rapid fire, potty mouth style of comedy and comments on the state of society. His alter ego, Cunny, will be heard taking hilarious stabs at Donald Trump and Australia's political landscape. If weird and whacky is your thing, then Cunny (and Wade) have the potion to get...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 4:00pm

The Persian Pink Panther is a nickname that’s not only hard to ignore, but straight-up irresistible for journalists.

 

Names are clearly important to Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani: with tours such as The Axis Of Evil under his belt, and a book titled I’m Not A Terrorist (But I’ve Played One On TV), he’s comfortable making waves. But sadly, the Clouseau sobriquet he’s...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 12:22pm

If you're looking for a winter pick-me-up, The Laugh Stand has just the tonic with a lineup this month of comedic greats.

 

Throughout the month, experience an atmosphere of raucous laughter and boozy fun as The Laugh Stand presents top acts Sam Kissajukian with MC Brett Blake (Tuesday July 12), Mickey D...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 12:42pm

Natasha Leggero, Beardyman, Charlie Pickering and Peter Helliar will join the previously announced Trevor Noah, Alan Carr and Margaret Cho for this year's edition of Just For Laughs Sydney. 

 

The festival takes place from Tuesday September 6 to Sunday September 11, and is this year expanding its festival footprint to include shows at the Enmore Theatre in addition to...

Posted 23 Jun 2016 @ 11:16am

The Comedy(ish) regulars will be performing for a one-off gala event in the big room at Giant Dwarf. 

 

The lineup includes Zoe Coombs Marr, Rhys Nicholson, Geraldine Hickey, Becky Lucas and more. The gala event comes after the Comedy(ish) new material nights, which ran as part of the comedy festivals just gone by. 

 

The night is designed for the comedians to crack...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 11:51am

The Inner West's premiere comedy club, The Laugh Stand, will present a new series of fortnightly sketch shows beginning this month in Double Bay.

 

Thursday Night Live comes to you every second Thursday at the Pelicano and will feature an array of side-splitting talent.

 

Emceeing the...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 2:39pm

The Laugh Stand - an initiative to envelope all and sundry into the clutches of laughter - is to descend on the Harold Park Hotel every Tuesday night this month.

 

Monday can be a dreary one, and what with the rainy weather that has us all snivelling into our coats, there is a colossal need for a pick-me-up come Tuesday. 

 

And lo and behold, there is it glistening...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 10:58am

Just For Laughs is bringing the comedy back to the Sydney Opera House for another soiree this year.

 

The sixth edition of Just For Laughs Sydney - the Australian instalment of one of the world's most famous comedy festivals - will take over town for a week in September, and the first bumper lineup of three international stars has now been announced.

 

Trevor Noah,...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 12:57pm

After selling out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Zoe Coombs Marr will bring Trigger Warning to Sydney for two nights.

 

The one-(wo)man show sees Marr dressed as the crass, dick-joking Dave as he reflects on his previous shows' negative reviews, spiralling into an onstage meltdown whilst clumsily trying not to offend anyone this time around.

 

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Posted 21 May 2016 @ 9:00am

Sebastian Maniscalco is a rising star in the comedy world, with a busy 12 months ahead on stage and screen.

 

Despite a packed calendar, however, he’s found time to head to Australia with his Aren’t You Embarrassed? tour. We catch up with the US comic to talk about his craft and where he draws his inspiration from.

 

“The material I’m going to be doing hasn’t been...

Posted 18 May 2016 @ 4:09pm

★★★★☆ 

 

Arj Barker has long been a favourite with Australian audiences. Returning to Sydney to record a DVD of his new show Get In My Head, the comic is as popular as ever – so popular, in fact, that an extra show was added to his appearance as part of Sydney Comedy Festival. 

 

Barker really endears himself to his audience, partnering his laid-back Californian...

Posted 17 May 2016 @ 12:20pm

★★★★☆

 

If you assumed The Doug Anthony Allstars would mellow due to the passing of time, you were wrong. 

 

Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott were sans nice guy Richard Fidler for their comeback show at the Enmore Theatre, but this just made the performance more sharp-tongued and edgy as ever, as they provided an evening of outrageous and confronting jokes where...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 12:08pm

The team of personalities behind Australia Votes 2013 returns with a new impersonatory production just in time for this year's federal election.

 

The Political Year In Review have gotten political impersonation down to a fine art, and the team return this year to reflect back on the silliest moments from the 44th Parliament of Australia. 

 

Featuring Timothy Hugh...

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 5:13pm

Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss has been making waves on the international circuit since he was 16 years old.

 

After receiving worldwide acclaim for his latest tour, he’s returning to Sydney Comedy Festival this month.   

 

“I’ve been coming across since I was 18 or 19, so it’s my seventh or eighth time here,” says Sloss. “I’ve got so many friends that I only see...

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 4:58pm

For the duration of Sydney Comedy Festival 2016, we’re bringing you a weekly round-up of the hottest tickets in town. Zanda Wilson reports.

 

Em Rusciano: Em Rusciano Is NOT A Diva

UNSW Roundhouse, Friday May 13 and Enmore Theatre, Saturday May 14

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Posted 6 May 2016 @ 10:00am

Wil Anderson. Judith Lucy. Barry Humphries. Ask anyone to name their favourite Aussie comedians, and you’re likely looking at a substantial list.

 

And sure, we all know a slew of US and UK comics; from Seinfeld to Are You Being Served?, we grew up with them. But from the outside, Indian comedy is largely uncharted territory. Thanks to the viral success of All India Bakchod,...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 6:00pm

Ash Williams has a confession to make.

 

More than one, in fact. I’ve Done Some Bad Things is the name of his forthcoming show at Sydney Comedy Festival, and it marks his first solo stand-up tour on the Australian festival circuit.

 

So what bad things will he be sharing onstage this week? “‘Bad’, as a word, is quite open to interpretation,” he hints.

 

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Posted 4 May 2016 @ 5:12pm

For the duration of Sydney Comedy Festival 2016, we’re bringing you a weekly round-up of the hottest tickets in town. Zanda Wilson reports.

 

Harley Breen: Smell The Penguins

Enmore Theatre, Thursday May 5 – Sunday May 8

 

 

Harley...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 3:48pm

Once upon a time I found myself selling tickets and stamping wrists at a metal gig in Melbourne, where the pay was happily outrageous and the cider flowed freely.

 

It was all fairly standard until an earless figure appeared before me, asking questions in a nasal drawl mostly drowned out by the music behind – but even without context, Chopper Read presented a uniquely heavy...

Posted 2 May 2016 @ 4:43pm

★★★★

 

Tom Gleeson is surely run off his feet these days. Tonight’s show as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival is performed in front of a sell-out crowd at the Enmore Theatre as he concludes his Great national tour. A career spanning almost three decades across stand-up, TV, radio and print speaks to a versatile performer who got his start at Sydney University collaborating with...

Posted 30 Apr 2016 @ 11:00am

You are probably already familiar with Tommy Little.

 

The well-loved comic has saturated Australian media for some time, writing and starring in television shows as well as appearing on panels and Melbourne breakfast radio. However, comedy has always been the cornerstone of everything he does. Having sold out shows around Australia on previous tours, Little’s 2016 incarnation is...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 4:34pm

Tom Gleeson is at his peak, he says, and his upcoming Sydney Comedy Festival show is the best he’s ever done. He is, however, far less confident in the state of our government.

 

“I didn’t think I could be more disillusioned, but it’s like the floors caved in and there’s just a lower level that I’m sitting in now – I’m just so depressed about the whole mashed situation,” he says...

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