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. And by now Time Out Melbourne has reviewed a stack of shows and is ready to offer their picks of the bunch.
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 23 to May 20.