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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

Best comedy venues:

The Comedy Store Sydney

The Comedy Store offers up the cream of the touring comics with big local names and the occasional international guest. It’s also the Sydney home of triple j’s annual Raw Comedy competition, and the owners (Century venues) are the folks behind the annual Sydney Comedy Festival. They know comedy, in other words. Moore Park.

The Enmore Theatre

This 1,600-seat Art Deco landmark plays host to a wide range of shows. 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 regular nights Erotic Fan Fiction, Story Club, Confession Booth, and improv by the Bear Pack, as well as -events. Redfern.

Harold Park Hotel

This pub has a rich and noble history as the home of the Sydney comedy scene. 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 and its impressive strike rate of high-quality funny. It’s also the place of choice for high-profile comics to try out new stuff – so you’re likely to get a preview of one of next year’s biggest shows. Glebe.

The Comedy Lounge

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

Happy Endings Comedy Club

We love the El Rocco Room to bits because it’s a lovely venue, but Happy Endings that gives comics decent-length sets rather than churning through dozens of five minute performances, but it’s not just us: Time Out readers voted it the best comedy night in Sydney at our most recent comedy awards. The line-up of great comics doing perfect-length sets makes for a great Saturday night. Kings Cross.

The Laugh Stand at Harold Park

’s a monthly showcase at the Harold Park Hotel, the Glebe comedy landmark that is back doing what it does best. The venue is ramping up the amount of comedy through the doors again, which is glorious to see, and this night is its monthly mainstay. It’s always a well-chosen selection of great pros, with a star headline act and MC. Glebe.

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