On the international front, those headed to Sydney this autumn include the UK’s Joe Lycett, Andy Zaltzman, Phill Jupitus, Romesh Ranganathan and Dane Baptiste; the USA’s Chris D’Elia, The Hodgetwins and Eric Andre; India’s Vir Das and Papa CJ; Germany’s Anne Klinge and Canada’s Ian Bagg.
Joining them will be a huge line-up of crowd favourites returning to the festival armed with new shows, including Arj Barker (USA), David O’Doherty (IRE), Jason Byrne (IRE), DeAnne Smith (CAN), Ivan Aristeguieta (VEN), Urzila Carlson (NZ/ RSA), Aunty Donna, Dave Hughes, Tom Gleeson, Nazeem Hussain, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank Woodley, Doug Anthony All Stars, Frenchy, Joel Creasey, Amos Gill, Demi Lardner, Luke Heggie, Sammy J and many more.
The entire programme will be unveiled tomorrow (22 Feb). In another first for the Festival, a comedy show will be performed entirely in Mandarin. Renowned for his impeccable grasp of the language, Canadian comedian Dashan is a household name in China, having introduced his own brand of stand-up comedy to Chinese audiences.
For his Festival show, Dashan will share hilarious stories about his 30 years between East and West.
Rounding out another huge year, the End of Festival Gala will close out the Festival with a must-see line-up of international comedy stars and local heroes at Sydney Town Hall.
The Sydney Comedy Festival runs from 24 April to 21 May.
2017 Sydney Comedy Festival Line-upAaron Chen
Comedians Against Humanity
Cracker Night 2017
Doug Anthony Allstars
Funniest Comedians You've Never Heard Of
Greta Lee Jackson
Jewish Comedy Showcase
Peter & Bambi Heaven
Puppetry Of The Penis
Ray Badran & John Cruckshank
Stephen K Amos
Straight Outta Compo
The Bedroom Philosopher
The Stevenson Experience