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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

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 May 1 2017 - Friday December 22 2017

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 May 4 2017 - Thursday December 21 2017

John Conway Tonight

Sundays at Cafe Lounge are 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 April 30 2017 - Sunday December 17 2017

Treehouse Comedy

Climb to the top of the Forresters every Wednesday to find Treehouse Comedy – a stand-up night hosted by local comedians Daniel Muggleton and Geoffrey Windle.

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Until Wednesday January 31 2018

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 May 4 2017 - Friday December 22 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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