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Sydney Comedy Festival 2014

April 22, 2014toMay 17, 2014

 

 

SYDNEY Comedy Festival 2013

Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 star studded first release line-up to celebrate a decade of laughs from some of the very best international and local comic superstars.

  •  22nd April to 17th May 2014
  • Tickets on sale now

Making an eagerly anticipated debut at the Festival will be the much-loved US star of iconic TV series’ Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget (USA). A stand-up comedian for over 30 years, Saget’s show Bob Saget Live – The Dirty Daddy Tour, will prove that years of family television have done little to sanitise his sharp, blue wit. 

COST: Prices are varied. Visit www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or call the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney

Following sold out shows at the 2013 Festival and a stellar year touring the US, the hilarious and controversial Jim Jefferies will make a welcome return to the program alongside UK comedy masters and crowd favourites, Stephen K Amos (UK) and Jimeoin (UK).

Joining the 2014 line-up is a wealth of Australian comedy legends including the multiple award winning comedian, writer and television host, Wil Anderson; one of the country’s quickest comic minds, Dave Hughes; Mary Cousta’s outrageous Effie; the multi-talented YouTube sensation Alex Williamson; and Heath Franklin’s wildly successful Chopper.

Rounding out the program is the beloved skinny man and purple puppet, Sammy J & Randy; solo performances from the felt-faced comedian, Randy; a showcase of new sketches and songs from The Chaser’s War On Everything’s, Chris Taylor & Andrew Hansen; and for the first time in Sydney, a science-fiction fantasy of intergalactic proportions, The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody.

Officially opening the Festival in lavish style will be the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House, once again delivering a glittering sample of the comedy on offer throughout the four week event.

Following the Gala will be the city’s biggest comedy event that combines international comic royalty with home grown sensations, Cracker Night. Rolling out over two huge nights, Cracker Night will take place across five venues and for the first time ever, Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

With over 110,000 visitors in 2013, the Sydney Comedy Festival continues to be one of the city’s fastest growing cultural events and in celebration of its ten year anniversary, the 2014 program promises to be one of its biggest and best yet!

THE SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL FIRST RELEASE LINE-UP:

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA
8pm on 22 April 2014 – Sydney Opera House
Following consecutive sold out shows in 2012 and 2013, the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala will return for a one-night only comedy spectacular featuring the best international and local stars of the 2014 Festival.

CRACKER NIGHT
Monday 28 April 2014
7.30pm at Enmore Theatre; 7.45pm at Seymour Centre; and 8pm at Metro Theatre
Tuesday 29 April 2014
7.30pm at The Concourse; and 8pm at Riverside Theatres
The biggest night on Sydney’s comedy calendar, Cracker Night, will feature a dazzling line-up of the best Australian legends, international stars and next big things of comedy. Bigger than ever in 2014, Cracker Night will take place over two huge nights and five venues including for the first time, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

HEATH FRANKLIN’S CHOPPER – REPEAT OFFENDER
7.30pm on 26 April – Metro Theatre
Logie-nominated Australian actor, comedic performer, improviser and writer, Heath Franklin’s alter ego Chopper will debut his new show ‘Repeat Offender’ at the Sydney Comedy Festival. As seen on TV3’s 7 Days, Chopper is a worldwide comedy icon and has sold over 250,000 tickets in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

DAVE HUGHES – POINTLESS
9pm on 30 April to 17 May – Factory Theatre (8pm Sundays)
A natural and unmistakably Australian comic, Dave Hughes has decided that his 2014 is all about stand up and he has got a brand new show to prove it. Hughes’ laconic style thinly disguises one of the fastest comic minds this country has ever seen. For a night of comedy gold, look no further than this laid back legend of Australian comedy.

CHRIS TAYLOR & ANDREW HANSEN – ONE MAN SHOW
7.15pm on 1 May – Concourse Theatre; 7.30pm on 2 May – Metro Theatre
ABC TV’s The Chaser’s War On Everything made Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen household   names, in half a dozen houses belonging to people who already knew them beforehand. Now Taylor and Hansen present a live showcase of brand new sketches and songs, tipped to feature daring, never-before-seen concepts such as a Game of Thrones parody and a Kevin Rudd impression.

SAMMY J & RANDY – DIFFICULT FIRST ALBUM TOUR
9pm on 1 May – Concourse Theatre; 7.30pm on 2 May – Metro Theatre
Sammy J & Randy are two of the most sought after comics in Australia today. Combining catchy songs with chaotic tomfoolery and outbursts of filth, these adorable characters have an uncanny knack of charming the pants off everyone they meet. Together they’ve been nominated for an ARIA and won the award for Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. To celebrate the launch of their Difficult First Album, Sammy J & Randy are hitting the road armed with nothing but a keyboard and a suitcase of songs. Plus undies. Plus toothpaste. Plus an assortment of international power adaptors. But mostly, songs.

JIM JEFFERIES – LIVE!
9.30pm on 1 and 2 May 2014 – Enmore Theatre
With sold out shows at the Enmore Theatre in 2013, Jim Jefferies delivered one of the most raucous and hilarious comedy shows that the Festival had ever seen. Since then, Jefferies has completed a stellar US tour and will follow on from his second series of ‘Legit’ to prowl the Enmore stage and drop his unique comedy bombshells. Irreverent, confrontational and hysterically funny – this rock god of Aussie comedy should not be missed. 

ALEX WILLIAMSON – DUMB THINGS I’VE DONE
7.15pm on 2 May 2014 – Enmore Theatre
After sold out shows at the 2013 Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney Comedy Festivals, Alex Williamson is back with a brand new show that is once again irreverent and caustic with an inclusion of music, standup and unseen videos. With an online audience of more than one million, Williamson is a proven hit and his multi-media comedy experience will once again push the boundaries and leave the audience gasping for breath between fits of laughter.

STEPHEN K AMOS (UK) – WHAT DOES THE K STAND FOR?
7.15pm on 6 May 2014 ¬– Enmore Theatre
Fresh from his new sitcom radio show for BBC4 (UK), Stephen K Amos’ ‘What Does The K Stand For’ revolves around his hilarious childhood stories. Audiences can expect an evening of big laughs with plenty of heart, irreverence and quirk from the comedian who has charmed and entertained comedy enthusiasts all over the world.

A DATE WITH EFFIE – LOOKING FOR LOVE AND…CHILD SUPPORT!
7.15pm on 8 to 10 May – Factory Theatre
Actress Mary Coustas’ beloved character Effie has been Australia’s most loveable boofhead for over two decades. From ‘Wogs out of Work’ and ‘Acropolis Now’ to ‘Greeks on the Roof’, this hair-gel-Goddess has succeeded in winning a Logie, encouraging audiences to think differently and keeping everyone laughing – all at the same time. The show ‘Looking for Love and…Child Support’ will see audiences get up very close and personal with this cultural icon in one unforgettable fun night.

THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK – A STAR WARS BURLESQUE PARODY
9.30pm on 9 May – Enmore Theatre
For the first time in Sydney, ‘The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody’ hits a theatre stage! The completely rebuilt show will indulge the audience in a science-fiction fantasy of intergalactic proportions – George Lucas would never have dreamt that his characters could be used in such a manner, a manner guaranteed to get some hearts racing with The Force.

Disclaimer: This is a parody production. Star Wars™ and its characters are registered trademarks of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd or Lucasfilm Ltd. This production is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with Disney, Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd, Lucasfilm Ltd or any of its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and/or third party licensors.

RANDY – THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RANDY
9.15pm on 13 to 18 May – Factory Theatre
From the man behind ‘Randy’s Postcards From Purgatory’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Randy is Sober’ comes another immaculately constructed narrative of existential tomfoolery. Directed by the incomparable Alex Papps (Play School) and featuring live music from Melbourne’s most wanted pirate-convict-rock maniac Jimmy Stewart (The Miserable Little Bastards), this show will be just like taking a sweet intersection shortcut through a service station driveway. Exhilarating AND convenient.

BOB SAGET (USA) – THE DIRTY DADDY TOUR
7.15pm on 15 May 2014 – Enmore Theatre
The much-loved star of iconic television series’ Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget will bring his stand up act to Australia for the first time with a four-stop national tour. With over thirty years of standup experience, Saget will prove that all those years of family television have done little to sanitise his sharp, blue wit.

WIL ANDERSON – WILUMINATI           
9pm on 15 May and 9.30pm on 16 May – Enmore Theatre; 7.15pm on 17 May – Concourse Theatre
Multiple award-winning comedian Wil Anderson is back with a brand new show, ‘Wiluminati’. Well known for his roles on ABC TV’s Gruen Transfer and Gruen Planet, Anderson is a three time winner of the People’s Choice award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

JIMEOIN (UK) – YES, YES, WHATEVER?
7.45pm on 17 May 2014 ¬– Enmore Theatre 
Live comedy master Jimeoin returns with yet another hilarious show, ‘Yes, Yes, Whatever?’. A prolific writer with an exceptional audience rapport, Jimeoin is known and loved for his brilliantly funny wit and charming observations on the absurdities of every-day life.

WHAT: The 10th annual Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 22nd April to 17th May 2014
TICKETS: On sale now
COST: Prices are varied. Visit www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or call the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney

 

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