Some of this country’s funniest men and women, who are all performing at this month’s Sydney Comedy Festival, have opened up to news.com.au about what cracks them up.
For a laugh, do what I did and take an Uber trip with your parents (or grandparents) if they’ve never had one before. I caught one with my mum recently and when we got to the final destination, bless her cotton socks, she started going through her wallet to pay for the trip. I said, “No need for that mum,” and began exiting the car. Bewildered, she asked how we would pay the driver. This is when the fun starts — just say “run” and watch the priceless expression of fear. Just good, clean, anxiety-inducing fun.
Dave’s show: Lean Into It — May 4 and 5 at the Comedy Store
Nothing is funnier than a kid’s imagination so what is making me laugh now and forever is the twitter account @kidswritejokes. It features genuine submissions to a kids’ jokes website and provides comedy gold like, “Why did the farmer sleep on his bed? Because all the animals took his pants off”, and, “What do you call snowmen? Old water people”.
Tom’s show: Enough — May 10 and 11 at Giant Dwarf
January 21st marks the funniest day of my life. I was walking down the street in Bondi and I saw two on-duty parking inspectors making out. It was actually incredible. Two on duty parking inspectors making out in broad daylight, wearing high-vis. Amazing! Just passionately making out like they were two strangers in a dirty nightclub at 3am. Also, it was a man and woman, and the woman was pushed up against the parking metre — like it was some kind of parking inspector role play. Anyway, it was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen and whenever I’m sad I remember there’s parking inspectors finding love in the world and I feel so much better about myself.
Sam’s show: Straight From The Shoulder – May 3, 4, 5 at the Factory Theatre
In my show, I share my fear of running for public transport and just missing it. Running and failing in front of strangers? Absolutely not. Anyway. A few people have pointed out to me there is an Instagram account solely dedicated to footage of people missing public transport. It’s mean and funny as. The account is called MissedYaBus. You’re welcome. Also, watch a TV show called Derry Girls on Netflix, proper lolz.
Nath’s show: I’m Happy For You – May 17, 18 19 at Giant Dwarf
People falling down. That’s it. No bells and whistles, no high production values, just a person going about their life and then, splat! There’s so much wonderful content that is being made by true heroes of mine and true genii of comedy that I could mention (the grub podcast and Schitt’s Creek TV series) but give me a Nonna heading face first into a wedding cake, or a confident father getting his nut sack pinched in a trampoline spring and I’m on the floor every time.
Nikki’s show: Once Bitten — May 9 to 12 at the Factory Theatre
On Netflix, this new sketch show called I Think You Should Leave is making me laugh. I also don’t think I’ll ever get sick of watching fail videos on YouTube. It makes me feel better about myself. Even cat videos. I think the cat fail videos are the best because cats have dignity. Whereas dogs just do dumb things and don’t care, cats care. They’re humiliated. I watched a YouTube series of people running into glass doors. I loved it so much. I’ve also been watching WW2 in Colour on Netflix. Gotta say, not as funny.
Damien’s show: Man Puts His Dreams In A Sock — May 10 and 11 at Giant Dwarf
Even though it has been nearly 15 years since the series wrapped, I still love watching Friends. While a lot of it is still genuinely hilarious (and some things problematic), it also has a lot of nostalgia because I owned the entire series on DVD and once sat and watched every single episode with my mum over six months. Oh, also YouTube videos titled “Tricycle accidents”. It sounds very cruel but they’re also hysterical.
Dilruk’s show: Cheat Days – May 11 and 12 at the Comedy Store
Nikki Britton — my favourite show of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The sort of non-stop funny that makes you squeal-laugh and clutch the person next to you for support — although only clutch that person if you know them. I won’t make that mistake a second time. Also watching my cat get his head stuck in an empty tissue box. Twice.
Cal’s show: Gifted Underachiever – May 4 and 5 at the Comedy Store
Tickets for all shows can be found at comedy.com.au