As April comes to a close and the chilly bite of winter is starting to creep its way into the last of the autumn sunshine, a little comic relief would be a welcome diversion from the chill that lies ahead. The Sydney Comedy Festival can provide just that with a line-up of both international comedy acts combined with all-Australian favourites that will be sure to ward off the blues.
Here are some of Belle Property’s picks for the festival:
Sydney Comedy Festival – Bulmer’s Great Comedy Debate. In a star-studded assembly of talent, comedians face off in a battle of wits with Tommy Dean and Randy and Dave Thornton teaming up against Dave Callan, Sammy J and Felicity Ward. Hosted by Steven K Amos, the debate is sure to be covering pressing world issues of a serious nature. Or not. The Great Comedy Debate will be hashed out at The Enmour Theatre, Newtown on Thursday 3 May at 9pm. For bookings, click here.
David O’Doherty – Is Looking Up. How could one not love the idea of an Irishman on a stage equipped only with a very small keyboard? O’Doherty’s entertaining rants are backed by upbeat tunes which add an element of the ridiculous to the scene. O’Doherty was the winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2008 and named Irish Comedian of the Year in 2011 by Hot Press Magazine. Well worth a look, O’Doherty’s show is on at the Seymour Centre from 25 – 28 April at 9pm; for ticketing information, click here.
Fiona O’Laughlin – The Divine Miss O. Fiona’s dry wit is a staple in the Australian comedic landscape. Drawing on her own life experience, Fiona is able to find the funny side from almost anything from menopause to the preferential treatment of her ‘favourite’ child. She is performing at The Factory Theatre on 27 and 28 April from 7.30pm, for bookings click here.
Joel Creasy – Naked. Voted the Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Joel impresses with a blurry succession of quick paced one-liners. Certainly a rising Australian talent to watch out for, Joel will be performing at the Sound Lounge at the Seymour Centre from 26 – 28 April at 7.30pm for the bargain price of $20, to book click here.
Frank Woodley – Bemusement Park. Prominent comedian and long-standing fixture in the Australian comedy scene, Frank Woodley brings his slapstick style to the stage with his show Bemusement Park. Sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the kind of humour that includes crude noises and bizarre bodily movements at various intervals throughout the show, Frank Woodley can be seen from 1 – 4 May at the Seymour Centre from 7.30pm and on May 5 at The Concourse with a matinee at 5.30pm and evening show at 8pm. For booking information, click here.
Now in its eighth year, the festival runs for three weeks from 24 April until 12 May. To go to the full site, click here