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Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 2:52pm

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

 

Frenchy: World’s Worst Adult

Factory Theatre, Wednesday April 27...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 1:58pm

Given the sheer number of review stars Nath Valvo has been picking up over the last few years, he could have had a solid second career as an astronomer.

 

The Australian comedian and radio personality has built his reputation on good old-fashioned honesty – though it helps, of course, to fill your day with ridiculous shenanigans and strange fortune. His shows are a smelting pot...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 1:41pm

Even before The Axis Of Awesome released their all-conquering ‘4 Chords’ single and video in 2011, the song had been in their sets for a few years.

 

There was something so fundamentally entertaining in not only watching a patchwork of songs you love and loathe blur together, but seeing performers commit to the task with such (hilarious) sincerity. Five years on from ascending to...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 12:06pm

The Laugh Stand, an indestructible night of giggles, chortles and guffaws, will continue to go forth into the night at Harold Park Hotel come this May. 

 

Trusty Harold and his Park Hotel have long housed big wig, pro and rising comedians. Every Tuesday from 8pm, nestled away in a nook of Glebe, your hair, why it should be let wild and the boots, they should be a-cleansed,...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 1:44pm

★★★★★

 

While there has never been anything inherently bad about the stand-up of Felicity Ward, it’s safe to say she is a thousand times the comic she was even five years ago. Broader strokes and intentionally hammed-up stories have been refined and worked into material that is at once all too real and all too funny on account of the former. 

 

Ward is sharp,...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 12:29pm

★★★☆

 

He may be one of the most respected and hardest-working American comics active today, but Kyle Kinane is a realist – some would say a harsh one at that – about his place in the world. 

 

You might know him as the voice of Comedy Central (“Up next, an all-new Workaholics!”) or as an exceptional storyteller (as we are treated to several times tonight), but...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 12:09pm

★★★★

 

We hear Paul Foot before we see him. Quite a long time before we see him, actually, his Comedy Store show opening with a drawn-out, off-stage spoken intro. It’s a neat subversion of the standard start to a comedy show, and things only get weirder.

 

After eventually revealing himself – he was behind a door right next to the stage all along – Foot springs into...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:00am

After bursting onto the scene in 2010 as a national finalist in the Raw Comedy competition, Anne Edmonds has quickly become a favourite across the Australian comedy community, presenting shows at festivals around the country and appearing in TV programs like It’s A Date and Back Seat Drivers.

 

Her place on the scene was well and truly cemented last year when she was awarded the...

Posted 22 Apr 2016 @ 10:00am

Dave Hughes has always had a way of turning the minutiae of life into a hilarious, relatable anecdote.

 

Take his supermarket shopping habits, for instance.

 

“I’m still torn between the large box of Nutri-Grain at the supermarket being $3.50 and the small box being $4.90 and buying the large box – even though we’re on holidays and it’s only going to be two days and...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 1:37pm

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

 

Ivan Aristeguieta: Chorizo Sizzle [above]

Enmore Theatre, Thursday April 21 – Sunday April 24

With his own unique...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 1:13pm

“I love accents,” says Scottish comedian Craig Hill.

 

“I’m a bit obsessed with the Australian one. It’s so positive-sounding!” Even with its penchant for F-words and C-bombs? You better believe it. “Even then, [you’re] sounding fucking aliiiive!” says Hill, Aussie accent and all.

 

Hill will be hitting Sydney Comedy Festival this week with his latest show, Playing...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 1:12pm

After a solid half-decade of oddness, absurdism and acute observations about the world at large, UK comic Paul Foot is taking a brief moment to reflect on his last batch of original festival shows before he ventures off onto a new one entirely.

 

His imaginatively titled 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival show, An Evening With Mr. Paul Foot, is a collection of stories and bits from...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:44pm

You’re part of the Sydney Cranston Cup champion team, set to compete against Theatresports winners from around the country at the National Championships. Why do you have what it takes to win?

 

We’ve been preparing for endless minutes, we’ve learnt no lines and we’re completely 100 per cent ready to fail! Edan Lacey and Simon Greiner are beautiful boys and two of my favourite...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 11:24am

They’re real, you guys.

 

I saw one. With my own human eyes. On a dancefloor. At the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras afterparty, no less.

 

They’re real.

 

I spotted my friend Jake from a distance and walked through the sweaty throng to hug him and say hello. I hadn’t seen him since last Mardi Gras. He was wearing overalls over a bare chest. Fair...

Posted 17 Apr 2016 @ 4:00pm

It’s certainly not uncommon for modern comedians to rely on personal anecdotes and brute honesty as a way of better relating to their audiences.

 

We see it from prolific comedy icons like Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K., with the latter only reaching success after he got older, fatter and had a couple of kids to complain about. Australian humour has always had blunt...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 12:00pm

Tanyalee Davis first appeared here back in 2001, having forged a name for herself both at home in the US (though the three-foot-six comedian is Canadian-born) and across the UK.

 

She has recently wrapped performances at the Soho Theatre, featured on Live At The Apollo’s first Christmas special, and is unleashing her updated show on Australian soil after 26 years of honing her...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:00am

“There is an element of self-deprecation in my comedy,” says critically lauded local comedian Susie Youssef ahead of her upcoming Sydney Comedy Festival show, Check Youssef Before You Wreck Youssef.

 

“I’ve joked about being single. It used to mean more when I was younger,” she says. “There has been a lot of backlash about clichés, but these experiences are real for the person...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 4:00pm

Despite what you might have read, Irish stand-up comedian Tommy Tiernan isn’t out to shock his audience.

 

Although comments from one of his shows attracted controversy when taken out of context a few years ago, scandal isn’t something he courts. His thoughts about the US might offend some more patriotic Americans, however – Tiernan is excited to be coming out to Australia, but...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 1:30pm

Sydney’s Alice Fraser left her life as a corporate lawyer to pursue a career in comedy. This year she’s bringing her new show The Resistance to Sydney Comedy Festival to spread the good vibes.

 

“I think I always knew it wasn’t for me,” says Fraser, pondering her previous career. “But I wanted to give it a proper go, because wouldn’t life be a lot easier if you suddenly realised...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 1:00pm

Felicity Ward’s new show relies a lot on toilet humour, but not the usual kind.

 

What If There Is No Toilet? sees the widely loved local comedian continue her mission to tell it like it is with mental health, exploring her experiences with anxiety, depression and chronic irritable bowel syndrome, and her longest-running relationship: with the toilet.

 

“I used to...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 11:52am

Even though it might not be true that you can have too much of a good thing – seriously, which grump came up with that line? – it’s certainly possible to be overloaded with opportunity. 

 

Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 is so packed with performers that navigating the whole thing can be a thankless task. To that end, and because we’re such helpful folks, we’ve drawn up a list of the...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 9:00am

Stephen K Amos is hot and bothered when we speak. He’s been in Adelaide for the Fringe Festival, and the city has been sweltering through a heatwave.

 

“I don’t know how you people live in such amazing conditions – I’m dripping and more moist than I’ve ever been in my life,” he says. 

 

It’s just one of the many keen observations of Australian life that has earned...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 5:27pm

After emerging from Adelaide as a teenage stand-up wunderkind, Demi Lardner has spent the first part of her 20s making a name for herself in her new home of Melbourne.

 

In that time, she’s been on both the giving and receiving ends of advice – plenty good, but even more bad. “The worst advice that I’ve been given recently is that you can clean your toilet using Coke,” says...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 2:56pm

We Are All In The Gutter, But Some Of Us Are Looking At David O’Doherty.

 

That’s the distinctive name of a new show coming to Sydney Comedy Festival this year. But what is a David O’Doherty, anyway? A David O’Doherty is a man. A man with a silly sense of humour, which he says has been fairly constant since he was eight or nine years old. “I still love people falling over and...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 2:25pm

Arj Barker is a man of action. Not only is he currently the toast of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival thanks to his brand-spanking new show Organic, but he also finds time to train his beloved pet pooch.

 

“She’s a good girl, but sometimes she licks her own balls,” Barker says matter-of-factly. “It’s a habit I’m trying to break.”

 

In conversation, Barker...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 1:03pm

Brian Posehn’s comedy is pretty hard to sum up, but the following anecdote does it better than any journalistic ramblings ever could.

 

Skip this next paragraph if you’re planning to go to his show at Sydney Comedy Festival, though. You’ll spoil it for yourself should he do this bit on the night. 

 

“My son is nude a lot. At six years old, he’s naked all the time. I...

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 3:06pm

With an abundance of golden spandex, a personal and narrative style, anecdotes galore and a basketfull of existential crises, Jack Gow is set to make us laugh, cry into our beer and then ponder it all with new his show this April. 

 

Hailing from the country where the sheep frolick aplenty and the stars, they still shine, Jack Gow knows a thing or two about giving matters a good...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 12:00pm

The last time I saw Ross Noble, he very nearly killed us all.

 

Well, alright, so maybe not directly. Sydney had been lashed by weather so severe that the roof of the Enmore Theatre buckled under the strain, and the performance we were promised had to be postponed. “An act of God!” I hear you cry. “That's not Ross's...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 11:39am

Tuesday nights are now a thing in your life, with Glebe's Harold Park Hotel offering the laughs.

 

After a whole two days of work, wind down with Imaan Hadchiti and headliner Chris Franklin at 8pm Tuesday April 5. Then cross it off your calendar (do people still have physical calendars hanging up?) and circle Tuesday April 12 at 8pm with Amanda Gray and George Smilovici. The same...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 3:31pm

You’re visiting Australia on your new stand-up tour. Do you have a favourite comedy club worldwide?

 

I don’t really have a favourite comedy club. I love them all! I do however prefer shows where the people know they are seeing a comedy show. I have performed at baby showers, birthday parties, even funerals, and the people had no clue there was going to be a comic. Those are...

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