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The best free comedy in Sydney

Want LoLs without the price tag? Here's where to find 'em

Photograph: Anna Kucera
Mug and Kettle 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.

Find free comedy in Sydney


Crown Comedy

This weekly started at Parramatta's Crown Hotel (hence the name) in 2015, but now lives in Lewisham. The night mixes sets from emerging and established comics with open mic (sign-up from 6.30pm for a 5-minute slot). All genres are welcome – including improv and sketch.

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The Louis Hotel , Lewisham Until Friday December 22 2017

Eveleigh Comedy

Daniel Muggleton runs this monthly Sunday at Redfern's Eveleigh Hotel, with a night of stand-up featuring up and comers alongside proven giggle merchants.

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The Eveleigh Hotel , Redfern Sunday July 30 2017 - Sunday December 31 2017

Molotov Comedy

Previously called 'Mug and Kettle', this open mic night is a sign-up-on-the-night affair: comedians should turn up from 6.30pm to add their name to the list, with 4 minutes guaranteed stage time and running order drawn from the hat.

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B.E.D. (Beats Eats Drinks) , Potts Point Wednesday July 5 2017 - Friday December 22 2017

Rock with Laughter

This free monthly night at The Star features a professional emcee and headliner with a couple of sets by locals – and drinks specials until midnight.

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Rock Lily , Darling Harbour Until Thursday December 21 2017

Tudor Comedy

This weekly night at Redfern's Tudor Hotel features a local emcee and short sets by emerging comics, but also has a bunch of spots for open mic – sign up by 5pm if you want to have a go.

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The Tudor Redfern , Redfern Until Friday December 22 2017

Sweeney's Comedy

This weekly open mic night has been running upstairs at Hotel Sweeneys since late 2015, and is booked by comedian Jamie Kirk. 

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Hotel Sweeney's , Sydney Tuesday July 4 2017 - Friday December 22 2017

Cactus Juice

Comedians Jamie Kirk and Ben Kochan host this open mic room, previously called POS Comedy; but it's still a space for comics to try new material and develop their craft in an intimate room (40 max audience).

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Newtown Hotel , Newtown Monday July 3 2017 - Friday December 22 2017

Can you escape in time?

Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. Time Out took the challenge of visiting nine rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter.

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By: Emma Joyce