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Sydney's annual lolfest is turning 12 – and throwing a month-long party at the Town Hall

Sydney Comedy Festival takes over key Inner West venues for a month from April to May, with a line-up of international, local and interstate comedians across all genres.

This year, their 12th, the Festival are adding Sydney Town Hall to their list of venues, and giving the top bit over to a raft of international comedians – including festival favourite Ross Noble – and the bottom bit (Lower Town Hall) over to a kids comedy program where the entry costs just $2.50 a pop, which is donated to Sydney Story Factory – the Redfern-based not-for-profit creative writing centre for kids.

During the day, Lower Town Hall will be 'the Jungle', and feature a lineup of comedians and workshops in theatresports and illustration among other things, as well as interactive activity stations. 

At night, the Jungle becomes an adults-only late-night club, with a program of comedy, cabaret and music.

The first drop of this year’s line-up is dominated by regulars – your Stephen K Amos’s, Jim Jeffries and Sammy J & Randys – with one notable exception: cult comedy favourite Brian Posehn (of Mr Show and The Sarah Silverman Program) is making his debut at the festival. 

Also on the lineup: Korean quartet the Ongals, Irish comedians David O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell and Tommy Tiernan, and Scottsman Daniel Sloss. 

Australian comedians announced so far include Jim Jefferies, Dave Hughes, Kitty Flanagan, Tom Gleeson, Felicity Ward, the Umbilical Brothers, Matt Okine, Em Rusciano, Tripod, Nazeem Hussain, Alex Williamson, Aunty Donna, Joel Creasey, Steve Hughes, Nick Cody, Rhys Nicholson, Lawrence Mooney, Dave Thornton, Tommy Little, Akmal, Susie Youssef, Heath Franklin’s Chopper, Trash Test Dummies, and the Doug Anthony All Stars.

Tickets go on sale from noon on Tue Dec 8. 

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