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 (joint Winners of the MICF Best Newcomer, 2012), Lou Sanz (Winner: Best of the Comedy Festival: Critics Choice, 2012), Michael Workman (Winner: MICF Best Newcomer, 2011) and Rhys Nicholson (Winner: SCF Best Newcomer, 2012). Phew, that’s a lot of awards!
Our FRESH new acts for 2014 are a hilarious bunch. Be in the loop on who’s the hottest new comedy talent. Best of all FRESH tickets are only $15!
2014 FRESH ACTS
Alex Wasiel– 15-17 May at the Enmore Theatre
Fresh from sell-out ensemble shows at the Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Comedy festivals, the Tiple J RAW Comedy Sate Finalist presents her first solo stand-up show featuring tales of ditching careers, dogs on bicycles and why she can’t stop touching her face in important meetings.
Amos Gill – 6, 8 & 10 May at the Enmore Theatre
At the age of 21, Amos has already recorded his stand-up show for SBS TV and spent the last seven months travelling the globe co-hosting a new show for ABC3 as well as becoming a runner up in the national RAW Comedy competition, Amos also went on to earn a nomination for the ‘Best Emerging Comedian’ at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe. Phew!
Cameron James & Jared Jekyll- 6, 8 & 10 May at the Factory Theatre
Meet Cameron James [RAW Comedy Runner Up 2012] & Jared Jekyll [RAW Comedy NSW Finalist 2013]. Come see them alive on stage in an epic tale of mystery, adventure, spine-chilling horror and rib-cracking hilarity!
Justine Rogers – 9 & 11 May at the Enmore Theatre
Dr. Justine Rogers is a university lecturer and stand-up. She performed sell-out solo shows at Sydney Fringe 2013, sell-out ensemble shows at the Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival 2013, and wrapped up TEDx Sydney 2013. To combine her loves into a celebration of facts and giggles, Justine co-founded Nerd Nite Sydney. Shame, You’re the Worst is an “hilarious, cerebral, wild” look at this most powerful human feeling and its messy, painful consequences.
Marty Bright – 14-17 May at the Enmore Theatre
After a sold-out run at Sydney Fringe Festival 2013, Marty brings his energetic brand of physical and observational comedy to the stage in his debut solo show. This young rapscallion has been part of sold out runs at the Sydney Fringe 2012 (Me Me Me) and Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013 (Sydney HAHA House). One to keep an eye out for!
Mug & Kettle – 1-4 May at the Enmore Theatre
Apart they’re nothing, but together Mug and Kettle run two comedy rooms in Sydney, host a radio show and even play football. Red-hot from smashing the Sydney and Adelaide Fringe festivals come see two up-and-comers strut their stuff at their first comedy festival!
Penny Greenhalgh & Jesse Horne – 30 Apr,2 & 4 May at the Factory Theatre
Fresh from a sold-out season at the Sydney Fringe Festival 2013 with Zoe and Penny’s Very Short Attention Span, and nominated for a ROFL Comedy Award in 2010, Jacinta is back. And she’s got words so say out of her mouth and everything.
Rodney Todd – 13, 15, 17 & 18 May at the Factory Theatre
“Empathy for Pelicans” is a follow up to his previous show “Arguing with seagulls”. Rodney has realised it’s better to empathise with wonderous birds rather than argue with idiot ones.He will be joined by the award wining comedian Shane Matheson. Who he believes is the next big thing.
Susie Youssef – 7-10 May at the Factory Theatre
She has performed to sell out crowds at the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals, was an international guest at Improvaganza in Canada and has performed at The Del Close Marathon in New York. Following a sold-out run at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2013, Youssef returns with a one-woman so hot it will burn the house down.
William Erimya – 6, 8 & 10 May at the Enmore Theatre
Fresh from a sellout season at the Sydney Fringe Festival, William Erimya brings his one man sketch show/love letter to television to the Sydney Comedy Festival. William has also performed in shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival and is a regular cast member of Full Body Contact No Love Tennis and Project 52.