Sydney Fringe Comedy offers a smorgasbord of jokes of all kinds. There are field-tested shows that are finished works, established comics that showcase works in progress, and a chance to meet an aspiring player, usually with dirt-cheap tickets. Here’s our pick of 10 shows for every prankster.
If you like character comedies with an edge: Ben Russell and Maggie Looke on The Sydney Fringe Show: Developing New Material with an Understanding Audience
Comedy shows can get blurry during a festival, but Russell and Looke’s audio-guided tour/murder mystery/uncategorizable shenanigans with theirs Ultimate Hollywood Tours stood out as a work that was as distinctive as it was entertaining. They are both multi-talented artists with wild imaginations; Expect to get a pair of headphones and experience something fresh and weird.
Factory Theater, 2nd-4th September
If you like seeing an A-lister on an understated test show: Matt Okine This is not a stand up show
Matt Okines The other guy perhaps one of the best fringe comedies of the past decade. While many performances at this festival are understandably casual, Okine’s autobiographical hit appeared almost fully formed. It took him up a notch as a stand-up and was eventually adapted into a companion television series of the same name. Since then, Okine has been involved in an almost tiring number of projects, but here he returns to his roots in a show that combines storytelling and rap.
Fabriktheater, September 28-30 and October 1-2
If you like the sound of internet rabbits, you’ll find cabaret: Lou Wall Beep Bloop
During the dog days of lockdown, most of us have been streaming Netflix and making leaven of varying quality. Melbourne’s oddball Lou Wall made extensive attempts to join the Illuminati. your show Beep Bloop runs with the same maverick energy; Highlights include a transaction on Facebook Marketplace that takes several bizarre turns. Wall’s ability to get himself into all sorts of trouble and follow thought processes to extreme places is often mediated through hyperactive, cross-genre songmaking Beep Bloop a work that will astonish you to submission.
Fabriktheater, August 31st and September 2nd
If you want to see two old buddies spinning: Sam Bowden and David Woodhead The charming dogs return
Sam Bowden may not be a household name just yet, but take your time — the laid-back Queenslander has had stories to tell for days. His DandyLion was a beautiful coming-of-age/coming-out story, with memorable forays into a Grindr connection with his doppelganger and defending the value of the sport to his theater friends.
Woodhead, on the other hand, has steadily built a following through his work on comedy stages and in the Triple J lunchtime slot. His style leans toward the relatable and easy-going, with a strong dose of self-mockery and a refusal to take life too seriously.
Fabriktheater, September 1, September 3-4
If you’re looking for hard-nosed, intensely personal storytelling: Anna Piper Scott Such an inspiration
Relax – there is nothing boring and valuable here; the title is very ironic. Covering Piper Scott’s journey as a trans woman, Such an inspiration was highly coveted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and received a rare 4.5 star rave from influential British comedy site Chortle. It’s not always an easy watch, but it’s always surprising, irreverently funny, and enlightening.
Seymour Centre, September 20-24
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