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Comedy clubs, comedians and comedy festivals in Sydney

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The best places to see comedy in Sydney
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The best places to see comedy in Sydney

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Find an open mic!
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Find an open mic!

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Comedy in July
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Comedy in July

Our picks for funny business – from local to interstate to international.

Find free comedy
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Find free comedy

It's getting harder and harder to find free fun in Sydney – but these stand-up and open mic nights have zero cover charge, giving you more bucks for beverages and snacks.

Big comedy tours coming to Sydney

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

The Melbourne comedian is bringing her 5-star Barry Award-winning latest – and last – show to Sydney.

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Just for Laughs

Just for Laughs

Now in its 7th year, Just For Laughs has become a comedy fixture for Sydney, presenting a largely Antipodean, UK and American line-up across Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre – and this year, City Recital Hall. This year's line-up includes Kevin Bridges, Rhys Darby, Gad Elmaleh, Bert Kreischer, and Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder podcast.  Tommy Little will host the Stand Up Series (rebranded in 2017 as Just For Laughs Australia: Live) in the Studio: six shows of local and international comedians doing short sets back to back, filmed for The Comedy Channel. Also returning this year is the popular All-Star Gala (which tends to sell out). Look out for further line-up annoucements. Click through the Dates & Times tab to see who's on where, when. 

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My Dad Wrote A Porno Live
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My Dad Wrote A Porno Live

Australia will get two chances to laugh (and cringe) with Jamie Morton this year when the My Dad Wrote A Porno star brings his podcast down under.  What would you do if you found out your dad wrote a porno? Would you ignore its very existence? Would you bring it up with him? Or would you, say, create a podcast with two of your friends and read out chapters to the wider world? Let’s just say, Jamie Morton made the right decision. The My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast is like a filthy book club, where listeners get a section of the devilishly funny Belinda Blinked erotic novel dissected by the author’s incredulous son and his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine. Jamie’s 60-year-old father (who – no joke – penned the book under the moniker Rocky Flintstone) was sincere in his approach to later-in-life self-publication, but the resulting novel is a trainwreck of clumsy and weird descriptions of sexual situations, with a vague plotline about the goings-on in the super sexy world of pots and pans sales. Basically, it’s a disaster – but a disaster filled with spit-take worthy prose. Launching in 2015 with readings from Rocky Flintstone's first book, the series has been a runaway success, boasting 50-million-plus downloads worldwide. After the release of Belinda Blinked 2 halfway through last year, the My Dad Wrote A Porno team has decided to take the show on the road with a series of talks and live readings hitting Australia between May and August. On Saturday May 27 Jamie will sp

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Jerry Seinfeld is doing stand-up in Sydney
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Jerry Seinfeld is doing stand-up in Sydney

Jerry Seinfeld hasn't done a stand-up show in Australia since 1998. Sure, he'll make a trip down under now and then to talk about Bee Movie and allegedly refer to Melbourne as the "anus of the world". But a stand-up show? Nada.  Until now. Seinfeld is bringing his stand-up act to Australia in August of 2017. He'll be playing the ICC Sydney Theatre on August 11, and tickets will go on sale via Ticketek on November 14.  He's also standing up in Melbourne, where we assume he'll check out the surprising number of Seinfeld-adjacent bars.  Never seen an episode of Seinfeld? It's worth getting to know what's considered one of – if not the – best TV sitcoms. An entire lexicon of common phrases will suddenly reveal its origins... like watching Hamlet for the first time. More recently Seinfeld is known for his game-changing web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. (There goes your day – apologies) See what other comedy stars are touring in 2016/2017.

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Little Creatures Live
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Little Creatures Live

You might already enjoy their beer – including Pale Ale, Rogers' and Dog Days – but did you know there's a way to take your Little Creatures love a little deeper? This year the brewery is taking their show on the road with a series of parties that feature live performance art, food and beer at various on-premise locations and festivals across Australia. They're calling it Little Creatures Live – inspired by the original moniker of their very first Pale Ale, brewed their own way with fresh hops flowers and live yeast.  Little Creatures Live will be back in Sydney very soon. Curious as to what to expect? Check out our recaps below. Or if you can't wait, why not pay a visit to Little Creatures' Fremantle or Geelong breweries? 

Vote for the bar making your favourite Patrón XO Café Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab
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Vote for the bar making your favourite Patrón XO Café Espresso Martini and win a $200 bar tab

If the mere thought of an Espresso Martini makes your heart beat a little faster, then it’s a great time to live in Sydney right now. For a limited time, a selection of top Sydney bars curated by Patrón are creating special twists on the classic Espresso Martini, using Patrón XO Café. Each of these bars is putting their own expression on the cocktail, and together, they make up the Expresso Society (get it?). They’re shaking up the classic cocktail in all sorts of delicious ways – Rosie Campbell’s ‘Patroco’ blends Patrón XO Café, chocolate liqueur and homemade toasted coconut syrup and coconut cream to create a tropical holiday in a glass. For a nutty kick, try Café del Mar’s ‘Espresso del Mar’, which adds Frangelico, hazelnut syrup and butterscotch to Patrón XO Café and espresso. The creativity doesn’t stop there. Bars like Paddington Inn are adding sweetness by throwing burnt marshmallows into the mix, while the clever bartenders at Pitt Street’s Mexican diner Mejico are staying true to their roots by using Peloton Mezcal and agave in their ‘MeXo Espresso’. The question is: which of these Espresso Martinis do you most want to drink? To win a $200 tab at one of these Sydney bars, tell us which cocktail recipe takes your fancy (the full list is here). Enter by telling us which of these Patrón XO Café Espresso Martinis you'd most like to drink, and why by Monday July 31. Name: Email: I'd like to drink: (25 words or less)  Tick this box to hear more from Patrón XO

Monday night cocktail club at Zeta Bar
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Monday night cocktail club at Zeta Bar

Nobody enjoys freezing cold weather, Mondays, or expensive cocktails. Escape from all three by visiting Zeta Bar on Monday nights for their winter warming cocktails and specials. Every Monday until the end of August, Zeta Bar is transforming into a cocktail club with $10 rotating cocktail specials. Love gin? Zeta Bar do, and they’re putting together a warm gin cocktail to beat the chilly weather blues – the ‘Abdication Punch’ a shareable concoction for four people ($85). Zeta Bar's dedicated mixologists take inspiration from innovative culinary heavyweights such as Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adria so the drinks are bound to be a little fancier than your standard G&T. Zeta Bar’s cocktail club is open 5pm till late every Monday until the end of August.

Head to Hacienda Sydney
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Head to Hacienda Sydney

After a spot for pre-theatre drinks or a post-work wind down? Look no further than Circular Quay's Cuban-inspired cocktail lounge, Hacienda Sydney. The glassed in box juts out over the concourse, making for some of the best views of the glistening Sydney Harbour. On the cocktail front they are slinging fruity, Caribbean themed numbers. Kick back with a Pina Princess with pineapple rum, mezcal, apricot brandy, passionfruit puree, chai syrup and ginger beer; or a Té Amo with elderflower, vodka, lime juice and earl grey tea syrup.  Snacks wise you can order up jerk chicken sliders, black bean arancini, chargrilled octopus and spiced lamb riblets. Add in DJs on Friday and Saturday nights spinning relaxed house tunes and you've got yourself a swanky way to kick start your weekend.