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Posted 24 Apr 2015 @ 12:51pm

Up-and-coming comedians Jen Carnovale and Andrew Wolfe will be heading to the Dove & Olive in Surry Hills this May to perform some dangerously hilarious material.

 

Presented by the Riot House Comedy, the night is organised by comedy fans, for comedy fans. Carnovale has made audiences cackle at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hong Kong International Festival while Wolfe has...

Posted 24 Apr 2015 @ 11:00am

Just A Fully Naked Encounter is what comic Harley Breen is promising Sydney Comedy Festival audiences. Only he’s fibbing – there will be no gratuitous male nudity; Breen says he’s only exposing himself in the figurative sense. 

 

The Australian stand-up reckons the idea of ‘climbing the comedy ladder’ might too simplistic when it comes to his career. “If it were that easy, if...

Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 5:19pm

Due to overwhelming demand, comedian Nazeem Hussain is adding two more shows to his Sydney Comedy Festival season.

 

Hussain has just wrapped up a successful season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and had to add two extra shows down there too, if that's any indication of how much he will make you laugh. He will be performing his debut solo show, Legally Brown, at...

Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 11:29am

A regular visitor to Australia, the suave and sophisticated Stephen K Amos will be unleashing a new show at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival. Adding to his repertoire, he has just hosted his own two-night Talk Show in Melbourne, supported by singers, dancers and other performers. 

 

So does the future spell his name out in (bigger) lights? You might recall Amos’ frequent quip...

Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 11:28am

In 2000, the little-known UK comedy troupe The Boosh (who would later be known as The Mighty Boosh) took Australia by storm. The group, comprising Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt alongside Rich Fulcher, was performing its stage show Arctic Boosh at the 14th incarnation of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show saw Fielding and Barratt play postmen, and became the underground...

Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 11:02am

Reviewed at the Enmore Theatre on Monday April 20

 

The 2015 Sydney Comedy Festival kicked off in Newtown on Monday with the annual Cracker Night. Some of the finest acts that the festival has to offer descended upon the Enmore Theatre stage, offering a constant stream of laughter.

 

The night was hosted by triple j’s Matt Okine, who entertained the crowd with tales...

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:41pm

Your Sydney Comedy Festival show is called Reluctant Confidence Man. What’s behind that paradox of a name? 

The title isn’t about a con man, unfortunately. The show is an hour of stories and jokes; I talk about my worldview and events in my life that have shaped me as a person. The idea of confidence and being yourself is one of many themes within the show, and being reluctant is about...

Posted 18 Apr 2015 @ 11:30am

How did Mantaur come together?

Harry [Milas] and I met at uni, and started doing Theatresports together in 2011. We gravitated towards each other because we were both newbies and we made each other laugh. After winning the Sydney University Theatresports comp in 2012 we thought we should have a crack at doing some comedy as a duo. As for what the name ‘Mantaur’ actually means, that’s a...

Posted 16 Apr 2015 @ 3:26pm

Ross Noble has been running by the seat of his pants for 25 years now, curly hair streaming in the slipstream, maniacal grin bearing down on the next happily hapless front row. He has developed a reputation for improvisation that is unique even among other comics, and so it makes sense to pry secrets of the trade from him so that we might bottle his humour and sell it on the fringe black...

Posted 16 Apr 2015 @ 10:30am

US funnyman Gabriel “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy” Iglesias has declared that we are in need of a revolution – a Stand-Up Revolution.So he is sending three of his finest colleagues to fly the flag on his behalf at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival. The trio in question are stars of the Comedy Channel’s smash hit television series of the same name, and they’re being pitched as “the craziest men in...

Posted 15 Apr 2015 @ 2:22pm

Last year, Miles Allen performed his show One Man Breaking Bad at the exclusive Kelvin Club during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Now, the show is coming our way – but in a different guise. “This year it’s a very different show,” Allen says. “It’s gotten better along the way. “I’m excited to be doing it; there’s a lot of new material. More impressions, more props. Jesse’s still...

Posted 15 Apr 2015 @ 1:38pm

Impro Australia, in association with Amnesty International Australia and as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival 2015, are presenting the most cut-throat competition in the comedy calendar.

 

The Theatresports World Cup will see some of the funniest and cleverest Theatresports legends from around the world competing for the prestige of the World Cup. Australia will gear (or prop?)...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 1:06pm

Up-and-coming American comedian Beth Stelling will bring her stand-up to Australia later this year.

 

Stelling has become a frequent guest on late-night televison of late, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Pete Holmes Show, Chelsea Lately and Conan. Stelling has also performed at numerous comedy festivals and comedy clubs, written for Comedy Central and MTV, released an album...

Posted 12 Apr 2015 @ 10:00am

When Mike Wilmot hits the Enmore Theatre stage later this month, there’ll be no ingratiating compliments for the audience, nor will the use of profanity, descriptions of sexual activity or details of prodigious drinking be limited. Likewise, Wilmot’s shows won’t encompass the pre-meditated arc of a finely sculpted narrative, nor build toward a mawkish resolution. Really, the chief focus of...

Posted 8 Apr 2015 @ 1:39pm

“Money is my motivation,” declares controversial Australian comedian Jim Jefferies as I guffaw in an undignified manner down the phone. We’re talking work ethic ahead of Jefferies’ 2015 show for the Sydney Comedy Festival. Between touring, bringing out comedy specials every year and a half and writing TV shows, the man doesn’t seem to stop. Suffice to say, he has a lot to say on the topic. ...

Posted 4 Apr 2015 @ 11:00am

“This is very scary!” confesses Luisa Omielan, still adjusting to her surroundings. “I’m on a three-month tour of a country I’ve never been to before to do my first solo show. It’s pretty high up there in terms of adventure.”

 

The British comedian has a huge three months ahead of her in Australia, touring her wildly successful debut show, What Would Beyonce Do?! The story behind...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 9:41am

Interviewing Pablo Francisco is an experience unlike any other. A staple of American stand-up comedy for more than 20 years, the Arizona native and former MADtv cast member has made a career out of his spot-on celebrity impressions, and he’s all too happy to demonstrate over the phone. One minute we’re having a conversation with Don LaFontaine, the famous movie voiceover guy. The next minute,...

Posted 31 Mar 2015 @ 1:16pm

The Harold Park Hotel is hosting comedy showcases throughout April, every Tuesday.

 

This means four opportunities to go and laugh yourself silly with some of Australia's best comedians, complete with meal deals and specials on beer. The events, on Tuesday April 7, 14 and 21 will have you inevitably being picked on by the finest up and coming comedians in the country. The final...

Posted 20 Mar 2015 @ 2:24pm

Later this month, the Harold Park Hotel will be taken over by a night of laughs.

 

Chris Wainhouse and Matty B will headline the night featuring six comedians in total, all MCed by journalist and author of seven books, David Smiedt, who Adam Hills called a "living, breathing joke machine". Wainhouse, a...

Posted 20 Mar 2015 @ 1:00pm

Russell Peters is an anomaly in the comedy world. While it might surprise many purists within the practice, his level of global appeal in the contemporary scene is impenetrable. 

 

He currently holds the record in Dubai for the fastest-selling concert in the history of the Emirate, his attendance records are yet to be eclipsed in South Africa, Thailand, Singapore,...

Posted 17 Mar 2015 @ 1:00am

Sydney, get your laughing muscles at the ready: the full program for Sydney Comedy Festival 2015 has landed.

 

The 11th edition of the annual event will roll into town at the end of April, bringing some of the biggest names in international comedy to venues around Sydney. Returning names include Jim Jefferies, Ross Noble, Stephen K Amos, Noel Fielding, The Topp Twins, Wil...

Posted 13 Mar 2015 @ 2:05pm

The Naked Magicians are bringing their all-very-intimate live show to Sydney's North Shore for three dates this year.

 

Christopher Wayne and Mike Taylor are bringing their rather risque magic show to town after selling it out at venues around this wide brown land of ours. The Naked Magicians' show forms part of the program from this year's Sydney Comedy Festival. Apart from the...

Posted 12 Mar 2015 @ 1:42pm

As a part of the 2015 Sydney Comedy Festival, two of Australia's most-loved comedians, Gretel Killeen and Jackie Loeb, will present their new show In Search Of A G-Chord. 

 

Now based in the USA, Loeb has come a long way from her performances in Full Frontal and Good News Week, having recently appeared at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Meanwhile, her partner in crime has been busy on...

Posted 12 Mar 2015 @ 11:00am

British comedian Paul Foot is one of comedy’s most unique and wonderfully unusual voices. It’s apparent that he’s always had a vast, incredible imagination. “When I was a little child, I used to invent space rockets all the time and I was always living in a sort of fantasy world,” he recalls. “Often, people would ask my mother, ‘Is your son alright?’

 

“I would be in one little...

Posted 11 Mar 2015 @ 1:32pm

The Axis Of Awesome will be playing four 'greatest hits' shows in Sydney in May.

 

After spending almost a decade travelling across the globe making people laugh, The Axis Of Awesome are returning to their hometown of Sydney to play a best-of show, aptly titled Homecoming Kings. The trio will spend one evening at the Concourse Theatre before they head to the Factory Theatre as...

Posted 11 Mar 2015 @ 12:00pm

The Doug Anthony Allstars are back… again! To be more exact, they’re still here. Last year, DAAS lynchpins Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott reunited after 20 years apart. During their initial decade together, the musical comedy troupe was rounded out by guitarist Richard Fidler. However, Fidler’s unavailability meant the reunion tour was conducted with Paul Livingston (AKA Flacco) in his place...

Posted 10 Mar 2015 @ 12:47pm

Three of CollegeHumor's biggest names will visit Australia later this year.

 

Hitting our shores in June will be Jake and Amir creators and stars Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. Also making the trip will be Prank Wars and Pranked star Streeter Seidell, who recently joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live. 

Posted 10 Mar 2015 @ 10:29am

You’re coming to Sydney to present Funny: The Lecture. Can anyone be taught to be funny?

No, but luckily I’m not doing that. My presentation shows how comedy works, using lots of clips and personal lessons learned. The idea is that understanding comedy will help you do it better and/or appreciate it more. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

For audiences who...

Posted 6 Mar 2015 @ 1:56pm

Triple j breakfast host and former Raw Comedy finalist Matt Okine will MC this year's NSW State Final of the event that uncovers the best comedic talent in the nation.

 

After ten heats and the semi-finals held across the state, NSW's most promising young comedians will make their way to Moore Park for a two-hour extravaganza. The winner will be announced at the end of the show,...

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:09am

The star and co-writer of Black Books has announced an Australian tour. 

 

A regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Kilkenny Comedy Festival, Dylan Moran is constantly voted as one of the greatest stand-ups in the world, and has also been involved in films such as Shaun of...

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