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Sydney Comedy Festival Cancelled

Sydney's comedy scene was dealt another severe blow late yesterday, March 18, when the Sydney Comedy Festival announced their cancellation for 2020. Originally set to take place between April 20 and May 17 the annual festival was a major highlight on the city's comedy calendar. The 2020 iteration was set to welcome comedians such as, […]

Jay Pharoah

On his debut Australian tour, Saturday Night Live alumni, stand-up comedian, actor, rapper and impressionist Jay Pharoah will be heading to Sydney’s Factory Theatre as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival. Bringing his brand new show with him, Jay Pharoah’s stand-up performances are set to take the comedy festival by storm. After six huge seasons as […]


In a world where a reborn nationalism is very much to the forefront throughout the political landscape, the recent election of a TV comic in Ukraine probably came as no surprise. That Volodymyr Zelensky won by a landslide, with 73% of the vote, says a lot for the average voter’s disillusionment with modern-day politics and […]

Nina Oyama Needs A Lift

Nina Oyama has received 13 driving offences since getting her P’s. She’s also mucked around throughout her uni degree, but only in her mid-20s. She has starred in ABC’s award-winning show Utopia and has held a regular spot on Tonightly With Tom Ballard. This comedy season, Nina will be bringing her new solo stand-up show […]

Language Of Laughter

With the Sydney Comedy Festival now underway City Hub spoke with Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy and festival director Jorge Menidis about comedy’s ability to bridge both language and cultural divides. Danny Bhoy has been touring Australia since 2003, which was before the Sydney Comedy Festival even existed. Through the years though he has developed quite […]

Ivan Aristeguieta – The Fourth Floor

Venezuelan comedian Ivan Aristeguieta immigrated to Australia in 2012, after living his dream of being a full-time comedian back in his home country. After the big move, Ivan believed that stand-up comedy would simply become a hobby, but seven years later he is still performing to packed audiences around the country. His newest show The […]

Got The Giggles

“Sometimes the world can be a pretty dark place but the comedy festival gives you an opportunity to hide in a dark theatre for an hour and laugh til it hurts.” As the Sydney Comedy Festival approaches its 15 year anniversary Festival Director Jorge Menidis was emphatic with his statement above. Menidis doesn’t want to […]

Jack Gow – A Quarter-Life Crisis In Twenty-Seven Parts

As part of the 14th annual Sydney Comedy Festival line-up performing at the Wild Oats Wine Bar, is award winning comedian Jack Gow, with his solo show, A Quarter-Life Crisis In Twenty-Seven Parts. In 2015, Jack was indented in the Sydney comedy scene after being picked by Sydney Comedy Festival for the Break Out Comedy […]

Underground Sydney Comedy Festival

By Jade Morellini. Everyone loves a good laugh on a night out and with Sydney’s biggest annual comedy festival coming up, the laughs will be endless. Every April and May, the Sydney Comedy Festival brings comedians from around the world to entertain audiences of over 122,500 people. But with all the big names and venues […]

All Betts are off

BY PAUL PAECH We know from the odd public antics of Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd how emotionally destabilising losing high public office can be, but unfortunately that’s the democratic price they pay. (Under a dictatorship, of course, leadership change can have a rather more destabilising effect). People have more respect for leaders (especially women […]