HISTORY & BACKGROUND
THE SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL
Monday 22 April to Saturday 11 May 2013
The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event. For three weeks every April/May, hundreds of the world’s funniest comedians take to stages across Sydney to entertain an audience of more than 85,000 people.
The Festival kicks off in grand style with two lavish gala events: the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House and Cracker Night (Sydney’s biggest night of comedy) at the Enmore Theatre, Metro Theatre and the Seymour Centre’s York Theatre.
The Festival program, curated by Festival Director Jorge Menidis, features performances from the finest Australian acts, the biggest international stars and the most promising emerging talent offering up everything from stand up to sketch, satire, impro, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids comedy.
Beginning in 2005 as the Cracker Sydney Comedy Festival, the Festival officially rebranded as Sydney Comedy Festival in 2009.
Today, the Festival is one of Sydney’s fastest growing cultural events and every year aims to offer a bigger, better or more diverse program to satisfy Sydney’s rampant appetite for comedy.