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The best places to see comedy in Sydney

From stand-up venues to regular nights

Photography: Daniel Boud

Sure, we all like to laugh – but sometimes you want something more specific. Established acts? Up-and-comers? Open mic? Let us direct you where you wanna go.

Giant Dwarf

If you're looking for comedy beyond stand-up or open-mic, this is the place. Run by the Chaser team, this room hosts popular storytelling night Story Club, ITS Sydney's ongoing improv series, and Comedy(ish). 

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The Comedy Store Sydney

This dedicated comedy club (run by Sydney Comedy Festival organisers Century Venues) offers up the cream of the touring comics with big local names and the occasional international guest. It’s also the Sydney home of the annual Raw Comedy competition.

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Moore Park

The Enmore Theatre

This 1,600-seat Art Deco landmark, also part of the Century Venues stable, is your go-to venue for major international comedians, and a major venue of the Sydney Comedy Festival. 

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Cafe Lounge

This cafe and bar has become a comedy hub thanks to long-running Monday weekly Comedy Lounge, and more recent Saturday and Sunday weeklies – all booked by Rhys Jones.

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Surry Hills

Harold Park Hotel

This was a comic institution in the ’80s and ’90s, but it lapsed after the pub’s sale and closure in 1999. Around 2014 the comedy offerings started to ramp back up, and the Hal now hosts The Laugh Stand (see below) on Tuesday nights.

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Forest Lodge

A Mic in Hand

The Friend in Hand’s Thursday open-mic night is a comedy institution for its welcoming, give-it-a-good-shot attitude. It’s also the place of choice for high-profile comics to try out new stuff.

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Friend in Hand , Glebe Thursday November 3 2016 - Thursday January 26 2017

The Comedy Lounge

Café Lounge packs ’em in every Monday night for cheap pizza, drink specials and short stand-up sets from newcomers and old hands alike.

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Cafe Lounge , Surry Hills Monday October 31 2016 - Monday January 23 2017

Happy Endings Comedy Club

El Rocco Room is a great venue, but we also love that its Saturday night stand-up club Happy Endings gives comics decent-length sets rather than churning through dozens of five minute performances. 

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El Rocco Room , Potts Point Saturday October 29 2016 - Saturday January 21 2017

John Conway Tonight

Sundays at Cafe Lounge are now hosted by John Conway, that national man of mystery – and Australia's answer to Fallon, if Jimmy were blonde, drunk and being attacked by bees, and if his guests were mostly made up.

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Cafe Lounge , Surry Hills Sunday October 30 2016 - Monday January 30 2017

Molotov Comedy

Having built up the biggest open mic night in Sydney, Mug and Kettle have now retitled and moved to a new home – next door to their old home – at Beats Eats Drinks (B.E.D.) on Glebe Point Road. Molotov Comedy will still be 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. Your regular show runners are local comedians Paige Hally and Tom Sanderson, with the odd drop-in emcee – see the Dates & Times tab for weekly line-up info. Mug and Kettle also run Treehouse Comedy at the Forresters, and Eveleigh Comedy at the Eveleigh Hotel. Looking for impromptu comedy? Here are some other top open mic nights in Sydney.

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B.E.D. (Beats Eats Drinks) , Glebe Wednesday November 2 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

Treehouse Comedy

Climb to the top of the Forresters on the first Wednesday of each month for this stand-up night from the Mug and Kettle boys, hosted by Daniel Muggleton and Geoffrey Windle.

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The Forresters , Surry Hills Wednesday November 2 2016 - Friday January 27 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...

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The Tudor Redfern , Redfern Thursday November 3 2016 - Friday January 27 2017

Wolf Comedy

If you like your lols from not-just-straight-white-dudes, hit up this monthly night – it's one of comedian Zoe Coombs Marr's favourites, and she's one of our favourites. 

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Knox Street Bar , Chippendale Thursday November 24 2016 - Friday January 27 2017