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Best comedy venues:

The Comedy Store Sydney

This dedicated comedy club (run by Sydney Comedy Festival organisers Century Venues) offers up the cream of the touring comics with big local names and the occasional international guest. It’s also the Sydney home of the annual Raw Comedy competition. Moore Park.

The Enmore Theatre

This 1,600-seat Art Deco landmark, also part of the Century Venues stable, is your go-to venue for major international comedians, and a major venue of the Sydney Comedy Festival. Newtown.

Giant Dwarf

If you're looking for comedy beyond stand-up or open-mic, this is the place. Run by the Chaser team, this room hosts popular storytelling night Story Club, ITS Sydney's ongoing improv series, and Comedy(ish). Redfern.

Harold Park Hotel

This was a comic institution in the ’80s and ’90s, but it lapsed after the pub’s sale and closure in 1999. Around 2014 the comedy offerings started to ramp back up, and the Hal now hosts The Laugh Stand (see below) on Tuesday nights. Glebe.

Best regular comedy nights:

A Mic in Hand

The Friend in Hand’s Thursday open-mic night is a comedy institution for its welcoming, give-it-a-good-shot attitude. It’s also the place of choice for high-profile comics to try out new stuff. Glebe.

The Comedy Lounge

Café Lounge packs ’em in every Monday night for cheap pizza, drink specials and short stand-up sets from newcomers and old hands alike. You’ll get a bunch of open mic kids plus a professional emcee and headliner, with the best comedian-to-dollar ratio in town. Surry Hills.

Happy Endings Comedy Club

El Rocco Room is a great venue, but we also love that its Saturday night stand-up club Happy Endings gives comics decent-length sets rather than churning through dozens of five minute performances. Kings Cross.

The Laugh Stand at Harold Park

Comedian Dane Hiser books this weekly stand-up night at Harold Park Hotel (formerly at FBi Social in Kings Cross) featuring established locals and inter-staters, the occasional visiting international, and a slew of solid emerging comics. Glebe.

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Updated on 4 May 2015.

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