Sydney's annual lolfest turns 13 in 2017 – and celebrates with a hefty line-up of international acts
Sydney Comedy Festival takes over key Inner West venues for a month from April to May, with a line-up of international, local and interstate comedians across all genres.
This year international acts include mainstays like Arj Barker, Irishmen David O’Doherty and Jason Byrne, and Canadian Deanne Smith – but there’s also a lot of comedians making their Sydney Comedy Festival debut, including the UK’s Joe Lycett, Andy Zaltzman, Phill Jupitus, Romesh Ranganathan and Dane Baptiste; the USA’s Chris D’Elia, and The Hodgetwins; India’s Papa CJ and Vir Das; Germany’s Anne Klinge; and Canada’s Ian Bagg.
In another interesting international first for SCF, a show will be performed entirely in Mandarin – thanks to Canadian comedian Dashan.
In terms of Australian comedians, there are a lot of the usual suspects – but Sydney Comedy Festival are also throwing their weight behind a flotilla of new talent through a mentoring and promotion initiative called 'FRESH'. You can see any of the shows by these artists for just $15 – including Melbourne International Comedy Festival 'Best Newcomer' winner Aaron Chen.
Check out our Sydney Comedy Festival highlights.