The best places to see comedy in Sydney

From stand-up venues to regular nights
Comedy Lounge
Photograph: Stu Freeman Comedy Lounge at Cafe Lounge
By Time Out editors |
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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.

Looking for a post-show drink? Sydney's best bars will keep you going, and grab a late night snack and one of our faves.

Sydney's best comedy venues

Comedy

Giant Dwarf

icon-location-pin Redfern
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). 
Comedy

The Comedy Store Sydney

icon-location-pin Moore Park
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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The Enmore Theatre

icon-location-pin Newtown
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. 
Comedy Lounge
Photograph: Stu Freeman
Bars

Cafe Lounge

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

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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Comedy

Harold Park Hotel

icon-location-pin Forest Lodge
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.
Bars, Pubs

Star Bar

icon-location-pin Sydney

Head to this George Street venue for Bonkerz Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday nights.

Regular comedy nights

Comedy

Powerbomb Comedy

icon-location-pin Staves Brewery, Glebe
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This weekly Friday-night stand-up smackdown features a headliner and emcee with six shorter support slots from local talent. Even better: Staves brews its own ales, and there's plenty of choice on tap.

Comedy, Stand Up

Happy Endings Comedy Club

icon-location-pin El Rocco Room, Potts Point
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Sydney's comedians are pretty fond of this cosy comedy club; more importantly – so are you, voting it Best Comedy Club for the last two Time Out Sydney Comedy Awards. With an intimate vibe and weekly shows featuring at least two names you know and guests you may not, Happy Endings also has the benefit of being beneath El Rocco Room, for pre-show noms or post-show beers.

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Comedy, Stand Up

Tudor Comedy

icon-location-pin The Tudor Redfern, Redfern
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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.

Comedy at Star Bar Bonkerz formerly Comedy Court by promoter Donte Winbush photograph dated 2015 Mar 28 © Time Out Sydney photo credit Kit Baker
Photograph: Kit Baker
Comedy

BonkerZ Comedy Club

icon-location-pin Star Bar, Sydney
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Promoter Donte Winbush is behind this weekly comedy club, which features pros, semi-pros and emerging comics.

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Comedy, Stand Up

Waywards Comedy

icon-location-pin The Bank Hotel, Newtown
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Newtown's own live music and cocktail den Waywards transforms into a comedy club every Wednesday, showcasing a buffet of Australian and international comics. 

What She Said Comedy 2018
Photograph: Anthony Potter
Comedy, Stand Up

What She Said Comedy

icon-location-pin The Chippo Hotel, Chippendale
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What She Said is a relatively newcomer on the Sydney comedy scene, but it's already attracting crowds each Sunday at the Chippo Hotel. The acts range from total first-timers to seasoned professionals, and the purpose of the event isn't just to give audiences a great time but to foster a supportive community of comedic talent.

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Comedy

Comedy at Papa Gede's

icon-location-pin Papa Gede's, Sydney
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Get cocktails with your comedy at this Time Out Sydney favourite.

The rest of what's on

Tramsheds
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Prepare for three glorious days off the clock: the long weekend is nigh! Celebrate ol’ Lizzie’s birthday by having a royally good time at the theatre, absorbing musical majesty at live shows, or pampering yourself like a queen at the city’s best spas. The Sydney Film Festival is kicking off for all you movie buffs, but if you need a little fresh air between screenings, brave the outdoors and have lunch at one of Sydney’s best picnic spots. RECOMMENDED: Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney.

The Catherine Tate Show Live 2017 supplied image credit: Matt Crockett
Photograph: Matt Crockett
Comedy, Sketch

Catherine Tate

icon-location-pin State Theatre, Sydney
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The Catherine Tate Show hasn't been on the air since 2009, but the characters and catch phrases created by Tate have taken off in the years since. Now she's bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to Australia for the first time, after a huge tour around the UK in 2016. 

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Michael McIntyre's big world tour 2018 photo supplied
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Comedy, Stand Up

Michael McIntyre

icon-location-pin Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
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Michael McIntyre does things big: big tours, big venues, big crowds and big laughs. He consistently sells out the kind of long runs that could turn pretty much any major rockstar green with envy. He's even played 28 shows at London's 16,000-seat O2 Arena, eclipsing all other comedy acts.

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