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Laugh yourself silly with 10 of comedy's funniest acts
(by Sydney Fringe Festival 2016)
Sydney's annual celebration of the strange and the beautiful returns in September, snickering until all month and featuring hundreds of local and international acts performing across the city. To enjoy the best laughs and skips the heckled amateur hours, let these 10 comedians fiddle with your funny bone.
Corey White - The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory
After scoring the top prize at the 2014 Fringe, Corey was voted the best newcomer at last year's Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. Maybe this does make him the prettiest horse in the knackery, especially when so many comedians melt on stage, oozing into containers of classroom Clag (the non-toxic adhesive glue paste). See him at the Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville from 27 September at 8.15pm. Tickets start at $7.90.
Comedyish presented by Fluke Comedy You've heard all the pop-culture quips after they went viral on Seinfeld, The Office, Glee and Saturday Night Live. Want to hear the next 'cow bell' skit? Be the first to hear the next set of global gags with some of our best comedians, including Matt Okine, performing their latest lines for the first time. Since winning the best newcomer award at the 2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival, Matt's hosted TV (ABC's It's a Date and Dirty Laundry Live, SBS's Legally Brown) and radio shows (Triple J Breakfast), toured the world and collected a swag of awards and new fans. See them at the Giant Dwarf on 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern from 12 September at 7.30pm. Tickets start at $12.20.
Steve Meagher - All I Know Is That I Don't Know Despite being an improviser, clown and stand-up, Steve still feels inadequate about his knowledge, philosophising as only a 'morally superior idiot' can. Watch him test his IQ with physical hijinx and made-up meaninglessness. See him at Mr Falcon's on 92 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe from 23 September at 8pm. Tickets start at $12.20.
Alice Fraser (by Sydney Fringe Festival 2016)
Alice Fraser - The Resistance Alice Fraser comedic questioning has featured on SBS and ABC, where her trust issues with cows and robots, frustration with Lindsay Lohan and Karl Stefanovic and fear of trees drove her to create a one-woman resistance, righting the world's wrongs with silly songs and dubious jokes. See her at the Giant Dwarf on 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern from 9 September at 7.30pm. Tickets start at $24.40.
Jack Gow - Just A Small Town Boy Multi-award winning comic, Jack Gow, continues to entertain packed theatres with his melancholy musings about growing up in the country. Is it all about farm work from dawn to dusk and cheery evenings in front of the fireplace? Watch as Jack channels 1980's rock star, John Cougar Mellencamp and find out if country life is as funny as we suspect. See him at The Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville from 21 September at 7pm. Tickets start at $7.90.
Hannah Boland - The Best Medicine Hannah blends her musical, poetic and storytelling talents to delve into life's rich tapestry with pathos and laughs, a rare feat in our 'seen it all' society. Her life experiences cleverly unfold on stage, heightened by her skilful performing with 5 different musical instruments. Hannah may be our first polymath Christian comic. See her at The Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville on 10 September at 5.45pm. Tickets start at $16.40.
Frida Deguise is Outspoken
Australia's only female Islamic comic wearing a hijab has found plenty to laugh about as she raises 4 children while sporting a Metallica t-shirt and tapping into the controversial comedy that made her a hit when touring with Joe Avati, Fat Pizza's Tahir and Gabriel Rossi. See her at The Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville on 7 September at 7pm. Tickets start at $16.40.
Forgotten Superheroes It's hard to ignore the mainstream superheroes as a glut of blockbuster movies dominate cinema screen times. What about the one-hit wonders that don't get the Hollywood treatment? Guardians of the Galaxy tapped into these forgotten legends but this show brings them back to life using clever improvisation and the original comic strips of Bee-Man, Doctor Hormone, Val Blake Ventriloquist Adventurer and Madam Fatal. Join them at The Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville from 24 September at 5.45pm. Tickets start at $12.90.
Liam Power - A Muggle Goes To Hogwarts Liam Power mines the magic of J.K. Rowling's school of wizardry with the real-world magic of misdirection and sleight of hand. Experience magic without the tricks of CGI, broomsticks, pagan potions or voodoo conjuring. See him at The Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville from 6 September at 7pm. Tickets start at $7.90.
Steve Lynch (by Sydney Fringe Festival 2016)
Steve Lynch in U.S. Of Eh?
Every day, we watch the 'truth stranger than fiction' world of American life as Donald and Hillary battle for the big chair. In 2015, Steve took his chances and spent a year in the USA to see if it really was as messed up as the headlines screamed. Back in Australia, Steve is now more messed up than ever, set to tell that tale of his American adventure. See him at The Factory Theatre on 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville from 6 September at 9.30pm. Tickets start at $7.90.