Sydney Comedy Festival: 22 April – 19 May

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The 15th annual Sydney Comedy Festival has announced its 2019 program, filled to the brim with hilarious acts, sidesplitting shows and uproarious special events.

Across four big weeks from 22nd April to 19th May, the Festival will welcome performers from all corners of the globe including Joe Lycett (UK), David O’Doherty (IRE), Daniel Sloss (SCO), Melanie Bracewell (NZ), Ron Funches (USA), Storm Xu (CHN), Dusty Rich (RSA), Jinx Yeo (SGP), Kanan Gill (IND), Takashi Wakasugi (JPN), Ivan Aristeguieta (VEN) and Gillian English (CAN).

Crowd favourites taking to the Festival stages include Danny Bhoy (SCO), Arj Barker (USA), Jay Pharoah (USA), Lauren Pattison (UK), Des Bishop (US/IRE), Paul Foot (UK), Ross Noble (UK), Craig Hill (SCO), Mark Watson (UK), Dave Hughes, Akmal, Effie, Felicity Ward, Fiona O’Loughlin, Joel Creasey, Christian Hull, Becky Lucas, Jimeoin, Rhys Nicholson and Tommy Little – to name a few!

Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 9.26.16 PMNot just for the big names, this year’s FRESH program features 12 emerging comedians including Steph Tisdell, Lauren Bonner, Oliver Twist and Ange Lavoipierre. For the bargain ticket price of $15-$20, festival-goers can see some of the best new voices in the comedy scene.

The Festival’s children’s program will be sure to tickle funny bones of all-ages including the much- loved Comedy for Kids Gala at the iconic Sydney Town Hall. A line-up of the funniest family- friendly acts will take to the stage for a show of kid-tacular proportions! 

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Marrickville’s Factory Theatre will once again act as the Festival’s hub, bustling with activity each night with performances across multiple stages, special events, plus delicious food and drinks in the outdoor bar.   Special events this year include The Majesty of Tap – a Spinal Tap tribute show by rock legends You Am I, late night comedy sets in Late ‘n’ Live, a healthy dose of satire in The War on the F*#king Election 2019 and Best of the Fest, a surprise line-up of local and international stars each night.   Screen Shot 2019-03-11 at 9.30.29 PM.pngKicking off the Festival in grand style will be the spectacular Gala events at the Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, Riverside Theatres and The Concourse.   With a dazzling line-up of the funniest international and local stars, the Gala is the perfect taste of what’s on offer throughout the Festival.

The 2019 program will feature everything from international superstars, local legends and the best emerging comics from around Australia and across the globe, delivering the BIGGEST month of laughs in Sydney’s cultural calendar, are you ready?!

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