The best free comedy in Sydney

Want LoLs without the price tag? Here's where to find 'em
Crowd at Eveleigh Comedy
Photograph: Robert Polmear
By Time Out editors |

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.

If you don't mind forking out, check out these venues and regular comedy nights, and find all Sydney's best open mic nights.

Find free comedy in Sydney

Crown Comedy 2016 at Crown Comedy first birthday gig image courtesy Crown Comedy
Comedy, Stand Up

Crown Comedy

icon-location-pin Lewisham

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.

Daniel Muggleton at Eveleigh Comedy
Comedy, Stand Up

Eveleigh Comedy

icon-location-pin Redfern

Ben Kochan and Jamie Kirk run this show every Sunday at Redfern's Eveleigh Hotel, with a night of stand-up featuring up and comers alongside proven giggle merchants.

Tudor Comedy 2016 March image 01 courtesy Tudor Comedy
Comedy, Stand Up

Tudor Comedy

icon-location-pin Redfern

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.

Sweeney's Comedy April 2016 courtesy Sam Kissajukian
Comedy, Stand Up

Sweeney's Comedy

icon-location-pin Sydney

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

POS Comedy April 2016 Newtown Hotel image courtesy Sam Kissajukian
Comedy, Stand Up

Cactus Juice

icon-location-pin Newtown

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).

Can you escape in time?

A close up shot of metal handcuffs hanging at Paniq Room
Photograph: Paniq Room
Things to do

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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