Comedy/ Cabaret/Revue etc


Celebrating 15 years as Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event, the Sydney Comedy Festival closed out another epic year of hilarity by announcing its 2019 award winners: Cassie Workman, Chris Ryan, Demi Lardner and Tom Walker.

This year the Festival’s prestigious Director’s Choice award went to Demi Lardner and Tom Walker for their uproarious and peculiar show about two young twin brothers, We Mustn’t.

Cassie Workman took out the Best of the Fest Award for her poetic and poignant, yet hilarious, show Giantess. Continue reading SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2019 AWARD WINNERS


Actor and singer TIM DRAXL returns to the cabaret stage with an exciting project that re-creates the 1960s cult album of male-to-male love songs Love Is A Drag. The melodic, haunting work comprises American standards previously recorded only by women yet here interpreted by a male crooner whose identity was deliberately shrouded in secrecy. Adorning the album’s cover are the words: For Adult Listeners Only and Sultry Stylings By A Most Unusual Vocalist. Songs include My Man, The Man I Love, He’s Funny That Way, Bewitched and Mad About The Boy.

Love is a Drag is a vibrant, truthful and intimate exploration which reveals the repression, hostility, deceits and life-and-death sacrifices of the ‘40s. ‘50s and ’60s as well as a celebration of Tim Draxl’s own personal story of artistic freedom, individual and collective pride, and how 50 years ago the very notion of Marriage Equality would have been dismissed as pure fantasy.

The 90-minute production is about the shackles of tradition and the instinct, humanity and will-power of men to be true to themselves in resourceful, cunning and high-risk ways in an era when exposure of being gay brought infamy, persecution and punishment. Ultimately, Love Is A Drag is deeply-romantic, life-affirming and liberating, as achingly conveyed in Billie Holliday’s The Man I Love.

Wednesday 10th July 8:30pm & Thursday 11th July 7pm at the Tilbury Room the Seymour Centre

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The hotly anticipated line-up for the 7th Frocking Hilarious comedy gala presented by ActionAid Australia has been announced, and it gets an F for Feminist!

Following sell-out shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, ActionAid’s flagship comedy event returns to the Enmore Theatre for the Sydney Comedy Festival on Thursday 16th May 2019.

Featuring crowd favourites and major up-and-comers, the 2019 line-up includes both local and international acts, all of whom are women!

The line up will include :  

Lauren Pattison (UK)

Effie (Mary Coustas)

Chris Ryan

Demi Lardner

Double Denim

Steph Tisdell

Nikki Britton 

Zoe Coombs Marr

and ActionAid Australia Ambassador emcee Judith Lucy

All proceeds from Frocking Hilarious go to ActionAid Australia, a global women’s rights organisation that represents a movement of women standing together to campaign against injustice.

The women ActionAid works with around the world are brave, resilient and, in spite of their struggles, often draw on the strength of laughter to overcome adversity.


When: Thursday 16th May 2019, 7:30pm.

Where: Enmore Theatre.

Tickets: $45-$50 through Ticketek

Featured image – Double Denim


Alison Jiear – A Centenary Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald

“There’s hardly a bigger, better voice in all of London’s theatre land… She’s an unmissable marvel” THE STAGE

Following sell-out shows in London, Laurence Olivier Award nominated vocalist Alison Jiear returns to her home country with her phenomenal jazz quartet to perform music made famous by the “First Lady of Song” with a show packed full of iconic standards such as A Tisket A Tasket, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, Lady be Good, Hernando’s Hideaway and That ‘Ol Black Magic. One of the greatest voices in cabaret you’ll ever hear, Alison is a class act, and will move you to tears.

Additionally, Alison Jiear joins with musical director Michael Tyack to present their insights into creating and crafting a cabaret show. Working with two emerging cabaret artists on their act and the interpretation of material and patter, this is a behind the scenes look at how cabaret is created. More information on this masterclass on 11 July available at

Friday 12 July 9:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday 13 July 8:30pm-10:00pm at  Chequers at the Seymour Centre

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Canapes & Cocktails is a brand new show developed and will be performed by Sydney comedian Jeromaia Detto shortly at the Factory Theatre

The show is a wonderful mix of clowning, sketch and improv that explores a host of unique, slightly unhinged, characters, encouraging the audience to be lost in  world of play for 50 minutes.

Jeromaia has always been fascinated by the notion of playfulness and exploring the idea of “what if?”. He believes that everyone can be funny and playful, despite the way modern society limits this
exploration. This, coupled with his working in museums and hospitals, as an educator/entertainer, has led him to develop his debut solo show that flips this social construct around.

This show is not about him, it’s about the audience rediscovering their playfulness and recapturing the freedom they once had.

Jeromaia Detto is a regular in the Sydney improv scene having performed in over 300 comedy shows since 2013. He is a Maestro National champion (2019), two time Cranston Cup Grand Finalist and in 2018 performed as an ‘All-star’ in Impro Australia’s Celebrity Theatresports.

He is widely known for his clowning and physical comedy, being described as “eternally funny” by Honi Soit for his roles in USyd’s
2017 Jew Revue.

Jeromaia has trained internationally in improv with the iO Theatre in Chicago and in clown at both Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France and at the Norway Clown Camp. He also teaches improv and clown across Sydney both privately and at schools.

This will be Jeromaia’s first SCF as a solo artist after successful runs at both Perth and Adelaide Fringes earlier this year.

The show will play the Factory Theatre on May 18 at 5.45pm and May 19 at 4.45pm,.

Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass to give way to the performance on  Saturday the 18th May at 5:45pm at the Factory Theatre. Be the first to email  The winner will be advised by email.



Pic by Ben Sanford.

People of Sydney can have a good laugh for the next few weeks as the Sydney Comedy Festival has started and runs until May 19. Gala shows were held at the Sydney Opera giving fourteen acts five minutes each to showcase the amazing talent that has assembled in Sydney. These artists will be performing their full shows in various venues during the festival and there will be comedy to suit a wide variety of tastes.

English comedian Joe Lycett hosted the event and joyfully harassed the front row of the audience. Joe thought the audience member who said he was employed as a service advisor was giving a vague answer and was probably a drug dealer. Venzuelan born Ivan Aristeguieta was grateful that Australia had given him a visa because his country has severely deteriorated since he left. He only wishes that the English he studied before migrating had focused more on Australian English. Scottish comedian Fern Brady squeezed a lot into her five minutes including her battles with homophobic Scottish politicians, smashed avocado and fellatio.

I suspect Phil Wang needs more than five minutes for his style of humour but he had some good observations about accents, forgiving the Japanese and Australian cities. Canadian Mark Forward has a brilliant, understated delivery and has a clever device to get the most out of his jokes. The joys and horrors of raising teenagers is explored by Georgie Carroll. Host Joe Lycett dropped into the program a few times with his charm and witty observations. He kindly warned us when he was going to be repulsive and also threw in some enjoyable audience participation. Continue reading SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA


Originally launched as the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, a $100million theatre development located at West HQ in Rooty Hill, is a magnificent new addition to Greater Western Sydney’s cultural landscape and to Australia’s live performance industry.  On track for its huge gala opening in late 2019, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre shares its name with a distinctive group of the world’s grand theatres in London and New York amongst others.  The reveal precedes a series of exciting announcements planned for June about the headlining acts for the theatre’s grand opening in December 2019.          Continue reading SYDNEY’S NEXT GREAT THEATRE : THE SYDNEY COLISEUM THEATRE

PopLab – Frisky and Mannish

10 years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever. For the first time, you are invited into their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious Tropical House virus sweeping through the pop world? Who is the latest to benefit from their 80s RnB Conservation Program? Brush up on your Pop Periodic Table with the mad scientists themselves, and perhaps you too will be able to address problematic equations, like just how can Coldplay be so popular even though everyone you ask says they hate them? Science, people. Science.

Award-winners at Adelaide Fringe, sell-outs at Perth Fringe, specially invited artists at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and long-overdue a return to Sydney since their acclaimed debut at the Opera House in 2009. The British sensations are finally BACK to bring you their unique brand of popmusicy-seriocomic-mashparodic-stereophonic-LOUD-vaudevillian-sketch cabaret-throwback current-old fangled-new fashioned-bapsbotty-infotainment.

Saturday 6th July 8:00pm-9:30pm & Sunday 7th July 6:00pm-7:30pm at Chequers at the Seymour Centre.

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Debuting Kweens of Comedy a brand new, regular night on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street celebrating all types of comedians and all types of comedy.

Not only can you expect great stand-up but, whether it’s clowning, sketch, improv, drag, or any other unique style, this new night is guaranteed to have you laughing like the world isn’t doomed!

The line up for our premiere show includes:

Sienna Austin
Kento David
Jack Gow
Hey Puss Puss (Candice Gallimore + Laura Hart)
June Richards
Zoë Sitas
Kathryn Thomas
And, is of course hosted by the Kween herself, Cleo!

If you’re a performer keen to be a part of upcoming shows, click here for all the details on how to sign-up.

Please note that this is a welcoming and inclusive event for all people. Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or discriminatory behaviour in any way will not be tolerated.

Thursday 18 April – 7:30pm start (doors open 7pm)  at Gingers, Oxford Hotel, 1/134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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On Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July, Sydney Town Hall
Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway icon Jennifer Holliday makes her Australian Debut, exclusively for Sydney Cabaret. With two Grammy Awards, nine studio albums and five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts to her credit, Jennifer will dazzle with her powerhouse vocals in an electrifying evening of Broadway, jazz standards, originals and soulful pop.

Her show stopping, heart-wrenching performance of And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going in the original production of Dreamgirls is considered one of the all-time great performances in a Broadway musical. She recently returned to Broadway in the role of sexy cabaret singer Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. She has been proclaimed a Broadway legend by critics and fans alike, and you, and you…you’re gonna love her.

Saturday 6th July 8:00pm-10:00pm & Sunday 7th July 7:00pm-9:00pm at Sydney Town  Hall

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Caroline O’Connor’s show UP CLOSE AND INTIMATE is coming back by popular demand. An encore performance will take place at the Eternity Playhouse on Friday 12 April at 7.30pm.  O’Connor will be accompanied by Musical director Daniel Edmonds.

Tickets are strictly limited. You can book through the Darlinghurst Theatre Company website o9r by calling (02) 8356 9987.