The 15th annual Sydney Comedy Festival has announced its 2019 program, filled to the brim with over 220 hilarious acts, sidesplitting shows and uproarious special events that will be presented across the city in April and May.
Across four big weeks from 22 April to 19 May, the Festival will welcome performers from all corners of the globe including Joe Lycett (UK), David O’Doherty (IRE), Daniel Sloss (SCO), Melanie Bracewell (NZ), Ron Funches (USA), Storm Xu (CHN), Dusty Rich (RSA), Jinx Yeo (SGP), Kanan Gill (IND), Ongals (KOR), Takashi Wakasugi (JPN), Ivan Aristeguieta (VEN) and Gillian English (CAN).
Crowd favourites taking to the Festival stages include Arj Barker (USA), Jay Pharoah (USA), Lauren Pattison (UK), Des Bishop (US/IRE), Paul Foot (UK), Ross Noble (UK), Craig Hill (SCO), Dave Hughes, Akmal, Effie, Felicity Ward, Fiona O’Loughlin, Joel Creasey, Christian Hull, Becky Lucas, Jimeoin, Matt Okine and Tommy Little – to name a few!
Not just for the big names, this year’s FRESH program features 12 emerging comedians including Michael Shafar, Ibis and Ange Lavoipierre. For the bargain ticket price of $15, festival-goers can see some of the best new voices in the comedy scene. Marrickville’s Factory Theatre will once again act as the Festival’s hub, bustling with activity each night with performances across multiple stages, special events, food trucks, and plenty of bars.
Special events this year include The Majesty of Tap – a tribute show by rock legends You Am I, late night comedy sets in Late ‘n’ Live, a healthy dose of satire in The Chaser’s War on the Election and Best of the Fest – a surprise line-up of local and international stars each night.
Kicking off the Festival in grand style will be the spectacular Gala events at the Sydney Opera House, Enmore Theatre, Riverside Theatres and The Concourse. With a dazzling line-up of the funniest international and local stars, the Gala is the perfect taste of what’s on offer throughout the Festival.
The 2019 Sydney Comedy Festival runs 22 April to 19 May. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit: www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au for details.
Image: 2019 Sydney Comedy Festival Artists (supplied)