15 June 2017
Sydney is a vivacious city with a vibrant comedy circuit. From intimate basement clubs to sell-out theatre shows, local comedians cut their teeth alongside major international acts in the comedy clubs of Sydney. Check out some of Sydney’s best comedy venues below.
Well-regarded for its musical roots, The Enmore in Newtown is also an excellent venue for live comedy. Not only is it the longest-serving music venue in New South Wales, but the art deco performance space also plays host to both major names and emerging comedians on a regular basis. As well as hosting touring comedy shows and comedians all year round, The Enmore also hosts a weekly comedy night throughout summer.
Catch Sydney’s premier comedy event, the annual Sydney Comedy Festival, to see the world’s funniest comedians perform at a variety of venues across the city. The program is a celebration of comedy showcasing a range of styles, from stand up and satire to absurdist theatre and musical journeys. The festival begins in April with a gala at the Sydney Opera House and ends with a 56-stop showcase tour across Australia.
For a cosy night of comedy, head to Happy Endings Comedy Club in Potts Point. Happy Endings is known for hosting intimate comedy shows with a vintage New York comedy store style. The club hosts regular comedy nights every Friday and Saturday, plus special events during the week. The nearby Giant Dwarf is also popular with comedy fans and features as main venue during the Sydney Comedy Festival. Not just for stand-up comedians, spend an evening here to see vibrant theatre troupes and surprising one-man-shows. Giant Dwarf also champions arts in the community and regularly rents out their space for rehearsals and events.
One of Australia’s leading comedy clubs for over 35 years, The Comedy Store is a favourite venue among fans of stand-up comedy. Situated in the entertainment quarter of Moore Park, the club hosts a rotating line-up of homegrown talent and touring comics every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. In Darlinghurst, Cafe Lounge hosts stand-up shows every Monday in a relaxed, buzzy atmosphere with wallet-friendly happy hours, cheesy pizzas, and locally sourced craft beers on tap. Get in early to find a seat and get ready for a night of laughs!