Sydney Comedy Festival 2017

Why did the chicken cross the road? How do you make time fly? What’s brown and sticky? The punchlines to these jokes – and hopefully a few funnier ones – will be revealed at Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event, returning for its 13th year this April.

Sydney Comedy Festival 2017 programs credit Facebook

For four laughter-filled weeks between 24 April and 21 May, hundreds of hilarious comics from across Australia and around the world converge on Sydney for a gala of giggles, a carnival of cackling, a hoedown of humour, a celebration of side-splitters, and an orgy of ‘oh my God, I can’t believe they just said that!’

From big names performing at huge events like the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House on 24 April and the Cracker Night across the city on April 25 and 26 to the hand-picked up-and-comers being supported by the FRESH program for young Aussie talent, there’s a show for every comedic taste, whether you’re a fan of satire, sketch, improvisation, theatre, magic, music, and even kids comedy for the under-12s.

Hundreds of comedians will perform for crowds well in excess of 100,000 across 19 venues – Dave Hughes, Phill Jupitus, Rove McManus, Stephen K Amos, Tom Ballard, Cal Wilson, the Doug Anthony All Stars *deep breath* Arj Barker, Fiona O’Loughlin, Frank Woodley, Jason Byrne, Lawrence Mooney, Joel Creasey, Becky Lucas, Jimeon, Lehmo and dozens more of your favourite comics are sure to have you rolling around in the aisles. Visit the official website for the full program and ticket info.

Sydney Comedy Festival 2017 Town Hall credit Facebook

Where to stay?

There are seven YHA hostels around Sydney that can’t wait to welcome you during the Comedy Festival.


Stay at these YHA hostels

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    Sydney Central YHA
    Sydney, NSW
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    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
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    Sydney Railway Square YHA
    Sydney, NSW
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    Sydney, Glebe Point YHA
    Glebe, NSW