Re-FRESH-ingly Funny: The Best Emerging Comedians Of 2015

In addition to presenting the biggest international stars and local legends, the Sydney Comedy Festival is a keen advocate and supporter of new emerging talent. Through the FRESH program, the Festival offers new Australian talent financial assistance, marketing support and professional advice to allow them to present a successful show, gain valuable experience and grow their audience.

FRESH’s many success stories include the likes of Ronny Chieng and Matt Okine (too many awards to list), Lou Sanz (Winner: Best of the Comedy Festival: Critics Choice, 2012), Michael Workman (Winner: Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe) and Rhys Nicholson (Winner: SCF Best Newcomer, 2012). Phew, that’s a lot of awards!

Our FRESH new acts for 2015 are a hilarious bunch. Be in the loop on who’s the hottest new comedy talent. Best of all FRESH tickets are only $15!


Bridie Connell– 12-16 May at the Factory Theatre

Fresh from a sell-out Sydney Fringe run, Bridie Connell’s hit character comedy Natural Habitat is back!

“Her one-person character comedy is awkwardly funny and is sure to delight.”The Brag

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Corey White– 12-16 May at the Factory Theatre


Corey’s show The Cane Toad Effect follows years of slogging it out everywhere from dive bars to Australia’s biggest comedy clubs, earning a reputation as a transgressive and important voice.









Daniel Muggleton– 28 Apr-2 May at the Factory Theatre

A lot of people define themselves through their careers, which is a problem for Daniel because he doesn’t have one yet. After sold-out shows at Fringe Comedy 2014, Daniel Muggleton (Mug & Kettle Comedy, Eveleigh Comedy) is bringing his show, ‘Son of Parents’ to your eyes and ears.



Edan Lacey– 12-15 May at the Factory Theatre

National Theatresports Champion and star of Giant Dwarf’s Improvised Soap Opera brings his playful character sketches to the Factory Theatre in his Sydney Comedy Festival debut.

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Luke Nowell– 29 Apr-1 May at the Factory Theatre

Luke is a physical comedian, clown and improviser who is known for his quirky humour and rare physicality. He performs in and produces the IA show ‘The First Thursday Impro Club’, has appeared in the Cranston and was a grand-finalist at Sydney’s Comedy on the Rox 2011.









Josipa Draisma– 29 Apr-1 May at the Factory Theatre

Join her on an absurd and epic journey as she attempts to face off against the triple enemies of gender reassignment, 80s power ballads, severely limited karate training and the ability to effectively perform the splits.

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Penny Greenhalgh– 12-16 May at the Enmore Theatre


Pop Pop is a raucous and joyful hour of comedy. Penny Greenhalgh presents a ridiculously small-budget version of the arena spectacular that she had originally planned. “Hella funny” and “a big ball of delight”, this is one show not to miss.









Sparrow-Folk– 12-16 May at the Factory Theatre

Award-winning Sparrow-Folk are bringing sexy back to suburban Australia in a musical-comedy smash-hit. Thermomix-ing together hysterical songs, the deceivingly sweet pair are jaw-droppingly naughty – it’s Kath & Kim on citric-acid.

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Sam Campbell– 12-16 May at the Factory Theatre

The best comedian Sambo Cambo is so ready to debut his ice-hot comedy party show with heaps of cool stand-up, actual real magic and videos. Sam is a member of the youtube collective Skills in Time and star of the web-series Dayne’s World. Axolotl-lovers, dole-bludgers and perfect babes will enjoy this mess. The prophecy is true CAMBO’S ON TOP!!!

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Suren Jayemanne– 5-9 May at the Factory Theatre

Eat Praline, Die is a hilarious hour of comedy packed full with endearing storytelling, witty wordplay and topical observations on multiculturalism in Australia.

“He’s charming and engaging, carefully blending the topical with the ridiculous.”SBS




Greg Larsen– 13 & 15 May at the Factory Theatre

You may have seen Greg on Dirty Laundry Live on ABC2 where he appeared as the resident celebrity expert. You may have seen him on ABC iView as one of the stars of the Fancy Boy Fresh Blood series. You may have seen him in his award winning Fancy Boy Variety Show during the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.





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