Sydney Comedy Festival does not have the size, the age or the prestige of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. But it has at least one key advantage (besides being, you know, NOT in Melbourne): by the time comedians arrive in Sydney with their shows, they've honed their material to a fine edge at MICF, which opens three weeks earlier.
Whereas an average Sydney Comedy Festival run is 3-5 nights, MICF is more like 20-25 nights – so comedians who do both festivals arrive in Sydney match fit and ready to rumble.
As in previous years, the key venues for Sydney Comedy Festival are the Enmore and Factory Theatres (Newtown/Marrickville), the Comedy Store (Entertainment Quarter) and Giant Dwarf (Redfern).
Sydney Comedy Festival runs April 24-May 21.
Not convinced about comedy? Read Sydney stand-up Alice Fraser's piece Killing it: Why stand-up is the performing art for the 21st century.