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Published April 10th 2018
The best things in life are side-splitting
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.
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?
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.