The 2017 Sydney Comedy Festival is around the corner, with a massive program of funny people to enjoy. But if you’re struggling to narrow down the massive program, then we’ve got some helpful tips. Here are five of the funniest comics coming to Sydney from across the seas, including some familiar faces and undiscovered gems.

1. DeAnne Smith (Canada)

DeAnne brings her cheeky and energetic comedy to Sydney Comedy Festival for the second time after performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Iceland Comedy Festival.

Her self-awareness and fresh humour is charming and a breathes a unique twist to stand-up.

2. Joe Lycett (UK)

Lycett’s down-to-earth humour is classic British tongue in cheek, and very, very funny. He has made appearances on The Royal Variety Performance, 8 Out Of Ten Cats and Nevermind The Buzzcocks. His 2012 show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and he will be making his Sydney Comedy Festival debut this year.

3. Ian Bagg (Canada)

Hailing from Canada, Ian Bagg is playing five nights at the festival; his quick wit and crowd work have placed him in the top five of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. After moving to New York City, Bagg secured a place on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

4. Daniel Sloss (Scotland)

This young Scot has sold out nine consecutive Edinburgh Fringes and had made no less than six appearances on Conan. Sloss has toured extensively and made his New York debut in the Soho Playhouse. His awkward and unapologetic comedy has earnt him a swathe of followers.

5. Dashan (Canada)

Dashan brings a unique show to this year’s comedy festival; a performance only in Mandarin. After deciding to learn the language at age 19, his impeccable grasp of the language has made him a household name in his native Canada. He has performed on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala four times and has been sharing his experiences of East meets West through stand-up.

The 2017 Sydney Comedy Festival runs from Monday April 24 – Sunday May 21. Tickets are on sale now.

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