More laughs, more performers and more venues than ever before! The Sydney Comedy Festival has raised the curtain on a jam-packed 2014 program featuring over 165 shows that will roll out over four huge weeks from 22nd April to 17th May 2014.
This year, Sydney comedy enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice thanks to a powerhouse of international and local comedy stars, a plethora of special events and showcases, and for the first time, the inclusion of over 30 venues across Greater Sydney.
Gracing our shores for the Festival will be a long list of international comedy stars with highlights including David O’Doherty (IRE), Kevin Bridges (SCO), Julian Clary (UK), Stephen K Amos (UK), Paul Foot (UK), Urzila Carlson (SA/NZ), Milton Jones (UK), Daniel Sloss (SCO), and US performers Jeff Dunham, Mike Epps, Reginald D Hunter, Bob Saget, Wil Sylvince, Eddie Ifft and Dom Irrera.
Australian talent who have recently joined the Festival’s massive line-up of local comics include Sam Simmons, Housos, The Axis of Awesome, Lawrence Mooney, Fiona O’Loughlin, Raymond Crowe, Luke McGregor, David Quirk, Greg Fleet, Jackie Loeb, Gretel Killeen, Joel Creasey, Mel Buttle, Michael Workman, Sarah Kendall and Tom Ballard.
The Sydney Comedy Festival will continue its support of the local comedy scene with the return of the FRESH Program. For a bargain ticket price of $15, Festival-goers can check out some of the nation’s lesser known but most promising rising comedy stars including Alex Wasiel, Amos Gill, Cameron James & Jared Jekyll, Justine Rogers, Marty Bright, Mug & Kettle, Penny Greenhalgh, Rodney Todd, Susie Youssef and William Erimya.
Rounding out the bumper 2014 program will be a smorgasbord of special events with highlights including The Gala at the Sydney Opera House; Sydney’s biggest night of comedy, Cracker Night; The 10th Anniversary Big Birthday Bash hosted by Julia Morris; the Beached Az Film Festival at the Australian National Maritime Museum; the event showcasing Australia’s funniest women, Frocking Hilarious; and the Secret Shows.
Sydney Comedy Festival director Jorge Menidis said, “From humble beginnings in 2005 with only 22 shows, the Festival has grown into the city’s most-loved annual comedy extravaganza. We feel that the 2014 program is our best yet and we look forward to welcoming an expected 110,000 people to the Festival to help us celebrate ten years of hilarity.”
WHAT: The 10th annual Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 22nd April to 17th May 2014
TICKETS: Available from www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney