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The Top 10 Laughs at the Sydney Comedy Festival 2018

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Published April 10th 2018
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Cal Wilson (by Sydney Comedy Festival)


Sydney's International Comedy Festival returns for its 14th year from 23 April to 20 May, immediately after the Melbourne edition. Over 300 comedians will compete for giggles with everything from stand-up and sketches to puppetry, clowns, music and the odd bit of slapstick.

Dozens of international acts have escaped arrest on their flights, while Wil Anderson is still smarting from his arrest on the back-breaking flight to Wagga Wagga.

All our comedians are now safely in Sydney, bringing jokes from the USA, Britain, Canada and even a few surprise acts from China and Germany.

Start your chortling with these top 10 shows of the festival.

To see the full lineup, visit:
Sydney International Comedy Festival 2018.

Daniel Sloss 28 April at the Enmore Theatre, 132 Enmore Road, Newtown
He might have a disturbing obsession with the quirkiest mating methods in the animal kingdom, but this canny Scotsman was named the best international act of our 2016 Festival.

Daniel Sloss returns for a single show at the SCF after 6 appearances on Conan, his DARK tours of Australia, New Zealand and Edinburgh selling out and a fact-finding mission at Taronga Zoo. What will he discover about koalas?

Book online from $34.90 at Ticketetek.




Frida Deguise 18, 20 May at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
Ever since former senator Sam Dastyari began sprucking Halal Snack Packs, Muslim comedians are finally getting more stage time, with Frida Deguise leading the charge.

After her sell-out shows at the Sydney Fringe Festival, she's hit the big time, fighting a war on laughter to replace terror with snorting hilarity and drone attacks with drones of guffaws.

Book online from $22 at Ticketetek.




Comedy for Kids 10 to 14 May at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville
The Superhero Gala returns for its 3rd year, with the zany antics of caped and colourful characters wearing undies on the outside.

During an hour of sketch comedy, circus tricks and stand up gags, families will be entertained in a show hosted by Harley Breen, with all proceeds donated to the Sydney Story Factory.

Tickets are only $5 - the best value laughs in the Sydney Comedy Festival. Book online at Ticketetek.


Frocking Hilarious 19 May at the Sydney Town Hall at 483 George St
Presented by ActionAid Australia, our funniest females will bring out their best in a gala evening to raise funds to support women globally.

Previous nights have featured household names including Judith Lucy, Wendy Harmer, Fiona O'Loughlin and Kitty Flanagan, proudly sporting a tattoo with her catchphrase 'jokes without the jelly'.

Book online from $45 at Ticketetek.

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John Kearns (by John Kearns, for John Kearns's dentist)


John Kearns 12 May at the Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood and 13 May at the Enmore Theatre, 132 Enmore Road, Newtown
The British are cruelly stereotyped as whingers with bad teeth. Discover the truth with John Kearns, multiple winner at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, as he becomes trapped in a spiral of navel gazing, unleashing his frustration about the inane aspects of life.

While Jerry Seinfeld created a show about nothing, John has turned his first-world molehills into catastrophic mountains. Watch as he scales an Everest of internal torment, tumbling down the other side to riotous applause.

You can also hear him on the BBC in these 15-minute sketches. Book online from $32 at Ticketetek.




Matt Okine 11 May at the Enmore Theatre, 132 Enmore Road, Newtown
In Matt's new show, We Made You, he weaves a new tale of his origins, earning another accolade after scoring 'best of' prizes in comedy festivals throughout the world.

In between boosting the ratings on the ABC with his comedy cooking show, he's on tour in Sydney, rubbing coconut oil into our bald spots.

You can't claim a rebate on the $35 ticket price with your private health extras insurance, but you can book online at Ticketetek.




Stephen K Amos 4 May at the Enmore Theatre, 132 Enmore Road, Newtown; 5 May at the Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Cure your fear of stage fright with Stephen's talk show where the special guests are members of the audience.

Grab the best seat in the house - the on-stage couch, for a chat with Stephen, a bit of music and the earth shattering answer to the big question - what does the K stand for? Book online from $46.90 at Ticketetek.




Damien Power 11, 12 May at the Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Damien Power's new show is promoted as 3D. If you chuckled at his 2-dimensional comedy or reacted with a sneaky smile during his earliest 1 dimensional sight gags, imagine how funny he'll be in 3D?

If one of Sydney's tech whiz kids enjoys the show, they could help him with a 4D act next year, bending the laws of space and time in the search of the perfect punchline.

Book online from $29 at Ticketetek.



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Frida Deguise (by Sydney Comedy Festival)


Cal Wilson 12, 13 May at The Comedy Store, The Entertainment Quarter, Building 207, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
The ubiquitous scene stealer of ad-lib comedy and improv TV, including thigh-slapping hilarity on Have You Been Paying Attention? And Whose Line is it Anyway? Cal Wilson is back in Sydney.

She's turned nasty to battle the big guns politics, feminism and brown shoes. Book online from $30 at Seat Adviser.




Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase each Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat during the festival at the Comedy Store, The Entertainment Quarter, Building 207, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
The SCF has a handful of special events, from the opening and closing night galas, Jewish Comedy Showcase and Theatresports: Battle of the Champions.

But the best bang for buck is this showcase, featuring Comedy Store certified-fresh comedians for an hour of laughs from only $18.35.

Book online at Seat Adviser.


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Where: Theatres throughout Sydney
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