Australians all let us rejoice!
Our island home produces comedians that are acclaimed around the world. From London to Edinburgh to New York to Montreal, Aussie comics mix it with the best.
In continuing this proud tradition, we are excited to present to you the best established and emerging local comedians for your enjoyment. If you’re looking for some of the best comedy the world has to offer or are on the hunt for some new homegrown talent, you are in the right place!
The Most Promising Young Australian Stars of 2019
Aaron Chen – Piss Off (Just Kidding) - 15 – 19 May
Sydney boy Aaron Chen is a stone cold killer with exquisite mic technique, and he’s going to bring you the freshest and most splendid comedy you will have ever seen. With some impressive awards under his belt including 2017 Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2017 Best Newcomer, Sydney Comedy Festival and 2016 Director’s Choice, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Aaron brings his brand new show ‘Piss Off (just Kidding) to the Sydney Comedy Festival.
Demi Lardner – Ditch Witch 800 – 15 – 19 May
In 2013 Demi became the national winner of Australia’s RAW Comedy which earned her a place in Edinburgh’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition and, by no surprise took out joint first place. The same year Demi won the Adelaide Comedy’s Rising Starr Award for Best Newcomer and as co-writer and director of Wolf Creek, The Musical, also took home the Best Emerging Comedy Award Adelaide Fringe 2013.
Making waves across the country Demi was invited to perform at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and debuted her first solo show at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe entitled ‘Birds with Human Lips’. Now bringing her latest show Ditch Witch 800 to Sydney comedy Festival in 2019!
Amos Gill – Almost Famos – 24 – 28 April
He traded Brekky radio for a comedy career in LA and has just performed to a sold-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Now Adelaide’s favourite ex-brekky host Amos Gill is back for another festival stint before he returns to the dirty streets of California to melt the minds of US comedy lovers!
With a brand new hour of gut-bustingly funny comedy every year, the ridiculously prolific Amos Gill has already made a name for himself in the States, where he performs a few times a year at all the hottest comedy clubs in LA.
Ciaran Lyons – What’s Next? - 2 – 3 May
One of Australia’s fastest-rising stand-up comedy stars and media personalities, at just sixteen years of age Ciaran was awarded ‘Next Gen Comedian’ by the Perth Comedy Festival. He has since taken out the ‘Artists’ Choice’ award at the Wild West Comedy Fest, been nominated for Best Comedy at FRINGE WORLD, hand-picked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the prestigious Comedy Zone showcase of the hottest new comics in Australia and honoured alongside Tame Impala, Troye Sivan and Danny Green by The Sunday Times as one of WA’s ‘Hottest 100 People of 2016.’!
Not a bad list of credits at just 21 years old!
Double Denim – Adventure Show – 16 – 18 May
Part safari party. Part murder mystery. All denim. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Directors Choice Award WinnersMichelle Brasier (Aunty Donna’s 1999, Whovians) and Laura Frew (Choreographer – Fringe Wives Club) bring you part two of the Double Denim journey, a celebratory journey from teenage years to avocado days.
This is every Contiki tour that has ever gone wrong. This is Jumanji meets Absolutely Fabulous. No map, no shame, probably a little bit of The Rock Dwayne Johnson. How many early 00s bangers can Double Denim cram into one hour? We’re about to find out.
Lauren Bonner – Heart Breaker – 2 – 3 May
Lauren Bonner has never been dumped, which means she is a certified Heartbreaker. In her festival debut, Bonner will track her evolution from a self-conscious teen into to an ice cold Heartbreaker with plenty of jokes along the way.
You may have caught Lauren on ABC’s Tonightly with Tom Ballard, SBS’s The Feed, at The Comedy Store, Giant Dwarf, Green Lights, The Sydney Fringe Festival, or any and all other comedy rooms around Sydney.
Oliver Twist – HUTU - 16 – 17 May
Have you heard the story of Oliver Twist? Despite what popular opinion suggests, our Oliver was born in Rwanda. Due to genocide, in 1994, he and his family were forced to flee to Malawi, and by 2014 they had come to settle in good old Brisbane, mate.
Reflecting on how he ended up in Australia, after four years of living in the outback Oliver is actually feeling a sense of belonging. How? Because he finally knows how to handle a magpie attack. See him attempt to explain where he is coming from (childhood), and how that has shaped the way he thinks and feels about the world.
Steph Tisdell – Identity Seft – 16 – 19 May
After cutting her teeth in the UK and winning the Deadly Funny National Grand Final in 2014, Steph has been collecting awards and accolades wherever she goes and building an impressive TV, radio and print credit list most recently having appeared on ABC’s Comedy Up Late and Tonightly.
From Socrates and his philosophies to Twitter #checkyourprivelidge, society has always had an obsession with status and defining the “haves” versus the “have nots.” We are led to believe that success is a pyramid and not one you want to be at the bottom of. So is it true? Or is it a fallacy perpetuated through generations as part of something more insidious?
Festival Favourite and Returning Stars!
Dave Hughes – Hairy, Enmore theatre and The Concourse, 17-18 May
Effie – Love Me Tinder, The Concourse and Factory theatre, 17 – 18 May
Rhys Nicholson – Nice People Nice Things Nice situations, Enmore theatre, Sat 11 May
Fiona O’Loughlin – Addresses The Nation, Enmore theatre, Sat 18 May
Joel Creasey – Drink. Slay. Repeat, Enmore theatre 4 – 5 May
Steve Hughes – Are You Serious?, Factory theatre, 2 – 3 May
Becky Lucas – Um, support Me ?!, The Comedy Store and Factory Theatre, 16 – 19 May
Lawrence Leung – Growing Concerns, Factory theatre 9 – 12 May
Felicity Ward – Busting A Nut, Giant Dwarf, 26 – 27 Apr
Matt Okine – The Hat Game, The Comedy Store, 16 – 18 May
Nick Cody – Old Mate, The Comedy Store, 9 – 12 May
Tahir – You Had ONE Job!, Factory Theatre, 11 – 12 May
Tommy Little – Self-Diagnosed Genius, Emore Theatre and The Concourse 17 – 18 May