Sydney's best comedy venues
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.
Head to this George Street venue for Bonkerz Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday nights.
Regular comedy nights
Café Lounge packs ’em in every Monday night for cheap pizza, drink specials and short stand-up sets from newcomers and old hands alike.
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.
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.
Alexei Toliopoulos and Nikko Malyon run this room, and emcee the monthly stand-up line-up.
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.
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.
Promoter Donte Winbush is behind this weekly comedy club, which features pros, semi-pros and emerging comics.
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.
Get cocktails with your comedy at this Time Out Sydney favourite.
The rest of what's on
Everybody out there working 9 to 5 deserves a little fun when Saturday rolls around.
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.
When Eddie Izzard last took his show on the road, five years ago, he achieved an extraordinary feat. He set what's believed to be a world record for the most extensive comedy tour of all time, travelling to 45 countries and playing all 50 US states.
Stand-up star Urzila Carlson is sort of a huge deal in NZ and has won basically every award available to a Kiwi. She's now conquering Australia, thanks in part to her regular appearances on Have You Been Paying Attention?
Even if you missed his Tony-winning musical Matilda (and more fool you if you did), even if you missed his scene-stealing turn as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, you know and love Tim Minchin.