Sydney's top comedy venues

Sure, we all like to laugh – but sometimes you want something more specific. Established acts? Up-and-comers? Open mic? Let us direct you where you wanna go

Andrew P Street finds something to cater to every comedic taste. All you have to do is complete the following sentence: "I wanna see me some... "

A Mic in Hand

Glebe

"...quality open mic!"

The Friend in Hand's Thursday open mic night a Glebe comedy institution for its welcoming, give-it-a-good-shot attitude and its impressive strike rate of high quality funny. Not only does it bring the funny from Sydney's best up-and-comers every Thursday night, it's also the place of choice for high-profile comics to try out their new material – so you're likely to get a preview of one of next year's biggest comedy shows.

The Comedy Store Sydney

Moore Park

"...international stars!"

The Sydney Comedy Store offers up the cream of the touring comics. Century Venues (who also run the Metro, the Enmore Theatre and Factory Theatre – all of whom also host their share of comedians) have taken over the old girl and have been delivering surperb comedy since 2008. They're also the folks behind the Sydney Comedy Festival, so expect to see many of the stars on the Store's bill.

The Roxbury Hotel

Glebe

"...improv and/or stand-up!"

The Rox has a history of letting local comics book a regular night and do with it as they will. Tuesdays has the No Love Tennis crew giving a regular-yet-ever-changing improv season.

El Rocco Room

Kings Cross

"..Sydney's favourite comedy room!"

And that's down to you! We're pretty damn fond of Happy Endings, but it was you – the comedy-loving readership – that voted them the best comedy night in Sydney. And their good-sized room, snug atmosphere and great comics doing perfect-length sets makes for a heck of a good Saturday night out. According to you.

Café Lounge

Surry Hills

"...comedy in oh-so-hip surrounds!"

It's in the heart of Surry Hills and is one of the first of what was to become known as "small bars" – but they pack 'em in every Monday for cheap pizza, drink specials and two sets of stand up from newcomers and old hands alike. And the sheer number of acts means that you're always going to find plenty you like.

Not only, but also!

There are several other notable events that may not be on every week, but are definitely worth your attention: particular faves are Dave Bloustien's currently-on-hiatus "smart comedy" room Wit Large, and the occasional The Laugh Stand showcases at FBi Social. For your weekly fix check out the Star Bar on Friday nights for their Comedy Court stand up competition or Saturdays for some quick comedy

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First published on 16 Jul 2008. Updated on 4 Apr 2014.

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