22 April – 19 May 2024

The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event. Every April and May, over 250 of the best comedians from Australia and beyond take to stages across Sydney for a massive month of comedy, followed by a national Showcase Tour from May to December.

The Festival kicks off in grand style with lavish gala events: the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, The Concourse Chatswood, Performing Arts Centre Sutherland and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

The Festival program 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.


In addition to presenting the biggest international stars and local legends, the Festival is a keen advocate and supporter of new Australian 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 (joint Winners of the MICF Best Newcomer, 2012), Lou Sanz (Winner: Best of the Comedy Festival: Critics Choice, 2012), Cassie Workman (Winner: MICF Best Newcomer, 2011), Rhys Nicholson (Winner: SCF Best Newcomer, 2012), Corey White (Winner: SCF & MICF Best Newcomer, 2015). Phew, that’s a lot of awards!