The Best of the Sydney Comedy Festival 2016

Photo courtesy of Zakarij
Photo courtesy of Zakarij

Get your LOL on at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2016

They say laughter is the best medicine, so be prepared for a huge spoonful as the Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 rolls into town. Cages will be rattled, discussions will be aired and laughs will be heard all around town as comics from across the world flock to Sydney. In the festivals’ twelfth year running, get ready for some shows ranging from some powerful social and political comedy, to some up straight-up tomfoolery.

Held from the 18th April to the 15th of May, many of Sydney’s venues will be playing host to different shows from the first time being in Sydney Town Hall, to the Opera House to the Seymour Centre and much more.

With so many acts to check out, we’ve selected the freshest and finest comedians at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 that you must see!

Ross Noble 

Ross Noble is a comedy machine, who has once again joined us down under. The frizzy haired randomist from the UK is bringing his show entitled Brain Dump, to the Sydney Comedy Festival 2016, and anybody whose seen his critically acclaimed shows will tell you it’s not one to miss.  A “brain dump” is certainly what you get from this completely unscripted, spontaneous and exceptional night of comedy. Expect lots of audience interaction, random stream of conscious rants and of course, cheeky chuckles from the man himself.

Ross Noble “Brain Dump”
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney
Sat 23rd Apr 2016 – 8:30 pm, Sun 24th Apr 2016 – 8:30 pm

Tickets: $42.50 – $49.90

Rhys Nicholson 

Described as the “king of cheap laughs and expensive suits,” Rhys Nicholson brings some sass and wit to every show he does. After winning the 2012 Newcomer award at the festival, Rhys has gone to travel the world with some of the famous comedians like Amy Schumer and Louis C.K, delivering out his provocative and controversial material. You won’t want to miss his new show Bona Fide, being held at The Comedy Store in the CBD, where Nicholson is a regular host throughout the year.

Rhys Nicholson, Bona Fide
The Comedy Store 207/122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Thu 12th May 2016 – 8:15 pm, Fri 13th May 2016 – 8:15 pm, Sat 14th May 2016 – 8:15 pm

Tickets: $20.00 – $30.00

Luke Nowell 

Get ready for start clowning around with Luke Nowell and his brand new show pLight. After studying as a professional clown Phillipe Gaulier in France, he comes back to Sydney to give you a new show combining physical comedy, clowning and audience interaction. A far cry from the circus, this new show will be so much more than pies in the face, there will be hilarious characterisations, and a whole lot of nonsense. Get on down to Factory Theatre in Marrickville for another sell-out show.

Luke Nowell, pLight
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville
Tue 3rd May 2016 – 9:15 pm, Thu 5th May 2016 – 9:15 pm, Sat 7th May 2016 – 9:15 pm
Tickets: $15.00

Sammy J & Randy 

Roll up, roll up and come one come all to the Sammy J and Randy Land, the newest theme park to hit Sydney. Over at the Enmore Theatre, join the duo as they launch their very own theme park, after having burrowed three million dollars for the project. Knowing Sammy J & Randy, it’s sure to be an absolute catastrophe that you can’t tear your eyes from! The half human, half purple puppet and their original and hilarious schtick is truly one of the most unique shows to hit the Sydney Comedy Festival 2016.

Sammy J & Randy Land

The Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown

Sun 1st May 2016, 8:15 pm

Tickets: $35.00 – $42.00

Axis of Awesome

The musical trio made headlines this year, for something completely outside the world of comedy and music. In a video entitled “What Happened to Jordan’s Beard”, the lead singer Jordan Raskopoulous revealed herself to be transgender. This inspiring and heartwarming video fought against the stigma and allowed Jordan to shine as the hilarious and talented lady she is. And now they return, bringing their brand of musical comedy to the festival with their new show. The band has raked in the views on social media, with some of their videos getting up to 120 million views! Their rick-rolling performances will be  at both The Giant Dwarf in Redfern as well as The Concourse Theatre in Chatswood.

Axis of Awesome, Won’t Ever Stop Not Giving You Up

The Giant Dwarf 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
Thu 28th Apr 2016 – 7:00 pm, Fri 29th Apr 2016 – 7:00 pm, Sat 30th Apr 2016 – 7:00 pm

The Concourse 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
Sat 7th May 2016 – 9:00 pm

Tickets: $25.00 – $38.60

Sydney Comedy Festival 2016 

18th April – 15th of May 2016
Various locations around Sydney.
See website

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