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  • Quick Bright Things
    23 Sep - 30 Sep

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  • Tina Del Twist: GOLD CLASS
    23 Sep

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  • Ghost Jam!
    27 Sep - 29 Sep

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  • Refugee Voices
    27 Sep

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  • Nailed It! – Fringe edition
    28 Sep

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  • Queerstories – Fringe edition
    29 Sep

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  • The Beginning
    30 Sep - 01 Oct

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  • Mamamia Out Loud – Live Podcast
    05 Oct

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  • The Bear Pack
    07 Oct

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  • Shania Choir: a Shania Twain Retrospective
    07 Oct

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  • STORY CLUB – Duck and Cover
    09 Oct

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  • DRAGON FRIENDS
    10 Oct

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  • Cassie Workman – The Love Stories
    11 Oct

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  • Giant Comedy
    13 Oct

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  • Chat 10 Looks 3 LIVE
    14 Oct

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  • The Popular Experiment with Rove McManus
    16 Oct - 30 Oct

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  • The Guilty Feminist Podcast – Live Recording
    21 Oct

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  • Queerstories: Two by Two
    20 Oct

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  • ITS Birthday Festival Week
    24 Oct - 28 Oct

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  • Fanny Lumsden: Country Halls Tour – ‘Real Class Act’ Launch
    03 Nov

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  • Snowed In Comedy Tour
    04 Nov

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  • STORY CLUB – But At What Cost?
    06 Nov

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  • The Double Disillusionists
    07 Nov

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  • Festival of Genuinely Dangerous Ideas
    07 Nov

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  • Comedyish
    08 Nov

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  • Rove McManus- I’ve Got Nothing
    09 Nov - 11 Nov

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  • Sam Simmons: A-K
    09 Nov - 19 Nov

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  • The Chaser’s War on APEC:  A Public Prosecution
    10 Nov

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  • DAMIEN POWER – Utopia: NOW IN 3D!
    10 Nov

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  • Peter Helliar – The Complete History of the Better Books
    11 Nov - 12 Nov

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  • Songs & Stories
    11 Nov

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  • DILRUK JAYASINHA – The Art Of The Dil
    11 Nov

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  • The Full Catastrophe
    12 Nov

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  • BANG ON : Live
    12 Nov

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  • Nailed It!
    14 Nov

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  • Hannah & Eliza Reilly Present The Yarramadoon PS Debaters Night
    15 Nov

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  • Best Undressed
    17 Nov

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  • Story Club Workshop
    18 Nov - 20 Nov

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  • KATE MCCARTNEY and KATE MCLENNAN: IN KONVERSATION
    18 Nov

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  • In Conversation With John Safran
    18 Nov

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  • Three Dances with John Tilt Animus
    19 Nov

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  • “Psyche!” Mentalist Show & “Mind Games” Comedy Hypnosis Show
    25 Nov

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Quick Bright Things

23 Sep - 30 Sep
You're invited to play one of twenty teenagers in the final rehearsals for your school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr O’Strate, the drama teacher, believes in absolute commitment to character. But does art imitate life? Does the course of true love ever run smooth?

Tina Del Twist: GOLD CLASS

23 Sep
Tina Del Twist: GOLD CLASS With a voice as smooth as honey, a comedic wit that could shred brie, and backed by a guitar maestro, this award-winning gin-soaked velvet draped madame is cabaret at its best. Tina has performed to critical acclaim and standing ovation throughout Australia, UK, Europe, USA and beyond, accepting invitations to perform in Berlin, Copenhagen, Darwin, Edinburgh, Kyneton, Melbourne, New York, and is fresh off the boat from Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Ghost Jam!

27 Sep - 29 Sep
Ghost Jam! packs Japan’s best ghost tales into an hour of whirlwind action for adults and kids ages 5 to 12. The show stars comedian Sean Murphy and musician Sophie Unsen as they combine silly, spooky storytelling with booming live music. Get ready for gasps, giggles and ghoulish good times!

Refugee Voices

27 Sep
The first hand accounts of extraordinary people who have lived as refugees and asylum seekers.   The Amnesty NSW Refugee Network is incredibly excited to present ‘Refugee Voices’; this event is centred around the stories of extraordinary people who have lived through (and are still living through in some cases) the refugee and asylum seeker … Continue reading Refugee Voices

Nailed It! – Fringe edition

28 Sep
Great Writers perform Shit Thinkpieces. This is Everything.

Queerstories – Fringe edition

29 Sep
Join some of Sydney’s best storytellers for an evening of queerstories, featuring Jordan Raskopolous, Candy Royalle, Nic Holas and more to be announced. The LGBTQIA community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories and challenging conventions. Enjoy an unexpected tale or two from a line up of stars and strangers. Queerstories sells out every month; book early!

The Beginning

30 Sep - 01 Oct
Starring Kimberly Bear, David Dodgen and numerous special guests. Join us in this action packed journey mixing sensual circus, death defying acts, mesmerising magic, and bombacious burlesque, all under the prestigious roof of the Giant Dwarf!

Mamamia Out Loud – Live Podcast

05 Oct
The award-winning podcast Mamamia Outloud is doing our first live show.   Come along to hear Holly Wainwright, Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman discuss all the things women are talking about this week. There will be laughs, disagreements and you can meet the hosts afterwards. Merch! Photos! Book signings! Not problematic at all! Mamamia is … Continue reading Mamamia Out Loud – Live Podcast

The Bear Pack

07 Oct
The Bear Pack is Sydney’s Steen Raskopoulos (BBC's Top Coppers, National Theatresports Champion) and Carlo Ritchie (The Checkout, Big Head Mode). Their show is 60 minutes of improvised storytelling.

Shania Choir: a Shania Twain Retrospective

07 Oct
Shania Choir is a group of a capella singers united by a love for leopard print and armed with the prerogative to have a little fun. This ten gal, four guy group have come together to form a choir dedicated entirely to the one and only Shania Twain. Shania Choir explore the personal and professional life of Shania Twain through song, dance and drag. Join us on this a capella journey that will bring you that little closer to the diva herself. Without question she is still the one.

STORY CLUB – Duck and Cover

09 Oct
Theme and guests to be announced!

DRAGON FRIENDS

10 Oct
Dragon Friends is a monthly comedy show & podcast where comedians play Dungeons & Dragons for the first time. Guests to be announced! Find out more and listen to the latest episodes at www.thedragonfriends.com Also, prizes from our friends at Good Games Australia! Dragon Friends is sponsored by PAX Australia.

Cassie Workman – The Love Stories

11 Oct
Cassie Workman has returned to the stage to bring two of her most beloved shows to life, in a performance of her acclaimed ‘Love Stories’. In a night of comedy and heartfelt storytelling, Cassie performs ‘Ave Loretta’ and ‘We Have Fun Don’t We’ back to back at Giant Dwarf, to raise money for her medical costs.

Giant Comedy

13 Oct
Giant Dwarf's Monthly Stand-Up Night KILLER MCs. HUGE HEADLINERS. SICK FEATURES. Sydney needs more comedy(?!) and Giant Dwarf wants to give it to you! Giant Comedy is a brand new monthly stand-up night bringing you lols from the best in the business. A classic format with a great MC, two feature acts and a killer headline act. So come grab a drink and prepare yourself for a sick night of laughs. OCTOBER 13 Headline Cam Knight MC Nikki Britton Featuring Aaron Chen and Cassie Workman

Chat 10 Looks 3 LIVE

14 Oct
Join your favourite podcasters as they emerge from their bedrooms to record their first episode of Chat 10 Looks 3 with a live audience. Crabb's contract stipulates no piano but a functional bar and Salesy wants to know if she's getting a driver.

The Popular Experiment with Rove McManus

16 Oct - 30 Oct
Presented by Justin Hamilton Rove McManus hosts this brand-new show that brings some of his favourite comedians to discuss the world of music, film, podcasts, stand-up and TV. Between regular guests and feature acts, this variety show puts an emphasis on what happens in the venue, stays in the venue…until you tell your friends about … Continue reading The Popular Experiment with Rove McManus

The Guilty Feminist Podcast – Live Recording

21 Oct
For the first time in Sydney, join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her special guests as they discuss topics “all 21st century feminists agree on” while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles.

Queerstories: Two by Two

20 Oct
Join some of Sydney’s best storytellers for an evening of our city’s queerstories; reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. The LGBTQI community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.

ITS Birthday Festival Week

24 Oct - 28 Oct
It’s our 3rd birthday! We’ve been putting on shows, teaching workshops, getting into corporations and schools and spreading the good word of improv. Over the week, ITS ensemble, grads and friends are putting on the best of what’s come out of those three years.   Tuesday, 24 October 7PM: Post-ITS – the very first ITS … Continue reading ITS Birthday Festival Week

Fanny Lumsden: Country Halls Tour – ‘Real Class Act’ Launch

03 Nov
Golden Guitar winner and ARIA nominated Fanny Lumsden celebrates the release of her second record 'Real Class Act' with her 6th Annual Country Halls Tour. Bringing her 'all-in-community-night-out' to the middle of the city! Book your tickets now before it sells out.

Snowed In Comedy Tour

04 Nov
Join us for an intimate evening of new tales from this month's STORY CLUB WORKSHOP participants!

STORY CLUB – But At What Cost?

06 Nov
Theme and guests to be announced!

The Double Disillusionists

07 Nov
Join Andrew P Street and Dom Knight plus a slew of brilliant guests for another instalment of the now-monthly political ​chat slash comedy show that's ​​like Q&A ​without any attempt at balance or objectivity – but with swearing.

Festival of Genuinely Dangerous Ideas

07 Nov
Giant Dwarf & Yack presents   For years, Sydney Opera House hosted a Festival of Dangerous Ideas, a weekend-long talkfest where the usual smug types listened to speakers as dangerous as Germaine Greer, Christopher Hitchens and the guy who wrote Stuff White People Like.   But last year, booking Andrew Bolt shattered the Bennelong Point … Continue reading Festival of Genuinely Dangerous Ideas

Comedyish

08 Nov
Rhys Nicholson and Kyran Wheatley & Yack presents   Comedyish is back! Sydney’s favourite* new material stand-up night returns for the first time since February. On the big stage! Join Sydney’s best** comedians as they try their latest and (perhaps not quite just yet) greatest material. One night only for Yack Festival 2017, this is … Continue reading Comedyish

Rove McManus- I’ve Got Nothing

09 Nov - 11 Nov
Token Events & Yack present   Rove McManus has never been lost for words but it’s time to actually put that to the test. What happens when a seasoned professional walks into a show with no material whatsoever? It’s unplanned, it’s spontaneous and potentially disastrous. Why on earth would you want to miss that?     Doors … Continue reading Rove McManus- I’ve Got Nothing

Sam Simmons: A-K

09 Nov - 19 Nov
Token Events & Yack present   Winner Best Show 2015 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Winner Barry Award 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Winner Best Comedy Performer 2014 Helpmann Awards.   Forty-year-old dickhead sits on stage and reads the phone book. G Jones 08 323 7261 I wonder what he’s up to these days.   Don’t … Continue reading Sam Simmons: A-K

The Chaser’s War on APEC:  A Public Prosecution

10 Nov
Yack presents   A decade after The Chaser’s War on Everything inexplicably escaped conviction for a crime they clearly committed – the infamous APEC fake motorcade – the co-conspirators who pulled off the stunt finally get their day in the court of public opinion. Coming together for the first time since they were detained for … Continue reading The Chaser’s War on APEC:  A Public Prosecution

DAMIEN POWER – Utopia: NOW IN 3D!

10 Nov
Token Events and Yack present   Best Show Nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival; 2017, 2016 & 2015 Pinder Prize Winner, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017 As seen on The Project Damien is undeniably the most exhilarating voice on the Australian comedy circuit. Not afraid to wade into deep water, he takes on the absurdity of … Continue reading DAMIEN POWER – Utopia: NOW IN 3D!

Peter Helliar – The Complete History of the Better Books

11 Nov - 12 Nov
Token Events and Yack present   When Peter Helliar was eight years old he started his own publishing company and that company was named Better Books and featured such classroom classics as Indiana Helliar & The Raquas of The Lost Park, the Kauffmanesque Buried Alive and of course the famed Me, The Sports Star series. … Continue reading Peter Helliar – The Complete History of the Better Books

Songs & Stories

11 Nov
Polyphony and Yack present   What’s a ‘festival for people who can’t shut up’ without some singing!? Fresh from their sold-out winter concert, the Inner West’s most progressive choir is back with an ambitious new program. “Songs and Stories” pairs some of Sydney’s funniest and most acclaimed writers with the music that has shaped them. … Continue reading Songs & Stories

DILRUK JAYASINHA – The Art Of The Dil

11 Nov
Token Events & Yack present   As seen on Utopia & Have You Been Paying Attention? He’s only had a few years on the comedy circuit, yet Dilruk Jayasinha has quickly become one of the hottest new names on the stand up scene and people are taking note. He has been popping up on our … Continue reading DILRUK JAYASINHA – The Art Of The Dil

The Full Catastrophe

12 Nov
The Full Catastrophe is an afternoon story slash therapy session hosted by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah Macdonald. The show is a collection of short stories by well known guests about when life got so bad it got funny.

BANG ON : Live

12 Nov
The Full Catastrophe is an afternoon story slash therapy session hosted by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah Macdonald. The show is a collection of short stories by well known guests about when life got so bad it got funny.

Nailed It!

14 Nov
Great Writers perform Shit Thinkpieces. This is Everything.

Hannah & Eliza Reilly Present The Yarramadoon PS Debaters Night

15 Nov
Yack presents   Australia’s best comedians take you back to (junior) school for a night of awkward assembly performances, semi- educational slideshows, and most importantly, a fierce debate. Set in the fictitious town of Yarramadoon, the night takes place in the ‘good’ demountable of a rural junior school, made up of not much more than a funnel web … Continue reading Hannah & Eliza Reilly Present The Yarramadoon PS Debaters Night

Best Undressed

17 Nov
Best Undressed presents to you the very finest in burlesque our country has to offer. With acts ranging from the classically elegant to neo expressionism and beyond our stellar lineup of over 20 both emerging and established artists is here to inspire, titillate and challenge your views on this often misunderstood yet wildly popular art form. Presented as a part of the Congress on Undress – Australia’s Inaugural Burlesque Educational Weekender.

Story Club Workshop

18 Nov - 20 Nov
We are offering a dozen lucky wordsmiths the chance to work with the creative family at Story Club in our all new STORY CLUB WORKSHOP program; a hands-on creative development weekend aimed at inspiring budding storytellers into whipping their work into shape. The STORY CLUB WORKSHOP offers participants a crash course in storytelling with brainstorming sessions, guest tutors, script editing, comedy tips, one-on-one performance direction and the occasional scotch finger biscuit. The workshop takes place over a three day period in total and culminates in a Story Club style performance evening where participants will share their work with a live audience at the iconic Giant Dwarf theatre.

KATE MCCARTNEY and KATE MCLENNAN: IN KONVERSATION

18 Nov
Token Events and Yack present   After a busy couple of years Katering and Krack!n the Kates are ready for some Konversationing.   Doors open an hour before show time. Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

In Conversation With John Safran

18 Nov
Token Events & Yack present   John Safran has made a career of turning up where he isn’t wanted. He has bowled up on the doorsteps of felons and white extremists in Mississippi for his Ned Kelly Award winning true crime, Murder In Mississippi and in the offices of the KKK, Sharia courts and Ray Martin’s rubbish … Continue reading In Conversation With John Safran

Three Dances with John Tilt Animus

19 Nov
Token Events & Yack present     Written and directed by Justin Hamilton. Performed by a surprise A list cast.   A half remembered man attempts to write himself back into existence. A talk show host interviews a comedian at three different points in her career. A lonely voice yells into the void and wonders why … Continue reading Three Dances with John Tilt Animus

“Psyche!” Mentalist Show & “Mind Games” Comedy Hypnosis Show

25 Nov
After an amazing response from his fringe shows, Phoenix is back for an encore performance of both "Psyche!", the mind-blowing mentalist show, and "Mind Games", the hilarious comedy stage hypnosis show for ONE NIGHT ONLY. Come and see what all the hype is about as Australia's leading psychological entertainer leaves another audience stunned before he heads off to the USA as part of a line-up consisting of rock stars and movie stars as part of a major event!

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01 Dec
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