Its back! The Sydney Comedy Festival returns in 2016 with a laugh-a-minute 27-day program of back-to-back silliness, foolishness and buckets of absurdity.
Presented by Coopers Pale Ale and the Comedy Channel, the 12th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival will be presented in all the usual places from the 18 Apr – 15 May, and for the first time, will unleash a program at the spectacular Sydney Town Hall.
Supported by the City of Sydney and programmed by Artistic Director Olivia Ansell, the Festival’s Sydney Town Hall incursion will include feature shows by UK comic superstar Ross Noble, a jam-packed line up of comedians from around the globe and a free* children’s program, Comedy for Kids! in the Lower Town Hall.
Returning in 2016 will be the Festival’s special events including the ever-popular Cracker Night at the Enmore, Concourse and Riverside Theatres, and the Festival Gala held at the Sydney Opera House and for the first time at the Sydney Town Hall on 26 April.
“If you’re not sure what to see at the Festival, be quick to grab a ticket to one of the Festival’s specials,’ encourages Festival Director Jorge Menidis. ‘The specials are a series of showcase type shows that offer a snapshot of an array of artists in one brilliantly hilarious bill.”
Along with the aforementioned Ross Noble, the Festival is announcing return seasons for international stars; David O’Doherty (IRL), Stephen K Amos (UK), Daniel Sloss (SCO), Paul Foot (UK) and Tommy Tiernan (IRL), and debuts for Brian Posehn (USA) and Andrew Maxwell (IRL).
Australian comedy legends already confirmed include Jim Jefferies, Dave Hughes, Kitty Flanagan, Tom Gleeson, Felicity Ward, Sammy J & Randy, the Umbilical Brothers, Matt Okine, Em Rusciano, Tripod, Nazeem Hussain, Alex Williamson, Aunty Donna, Joel Creasey, Steve Hughes, Nick Cody, Rhys Nicholson, Lawrence Mooney, Dave Thornton, Tommy Little, Akmal, Susie Youssef, Heath Franklin’s Chopper and the legendary Doug Anthony All Stars.
So what are you waiting for?! Check out the full list of first release show HERE
*Access to ‘Comedy For Kids!’ is free but each ticket incurs a $2.50 booking fee that will be donated in full to Sydney Story Factory – a not-for-profit creative learning centre that champions literacy, reading and writing skills for young people from marginalised backgrounds.