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Newcomers Program

In collaboration with Giant Dwarf, the Newcomers Program is free initiative designed to encourage new and diverse voices to get started in comedy in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Participants of the program attend a one-day workshop, facilitated by some of Sydney’s most exciting emerging & mid-career comedians/producers. They’ll learn about the industry, how to get performance opportunities and also workshop their own jokes with the group. Then, they’ll perform on the Giant Dwarf stage to a live audience taking away high-quality photos and videos of their performance.

The next program will run in early 2021. Sign up to our newsletter here to keep up to date with all the latest information.

  • Have performed stand-up 3 times or less.
  • Based in/around Sydney and are able to attend the workshop and the showcase performance dates.
  • Adhere to creating comedy that’s not discriminatory.
  1. Does this program cost?
    No! There are no costs associated with participating in the program.
  2. I’m unsure if I want to do comedy, is this program for me?
    There are no obligations to be the next Hannah Gadsby (unless you want!) If this is just something you want to give a go once and tick off your bucket list or you’re keen to start a career in the comedy industry, this program is for you!
  3. What do I need to prepare for the program?
    Part of the workshop includes performing in front of the group to test out your jokes and receiving feedback from the team. We’ll ask everyone to write about 3-4 minutes of material before then but don’t worry, we’re not looking for perfection, just write jokes that you find entertaining. Besides from that bring a pencil, notepad and your lunch to the workshop and you’re set!

Next Program Dates


Applications Open
Wednesday 30th September
12pm

Applications Close
Thursday 15th October
5pm

Workshop
Saturday 24th October
10am - 4pm

Newcomers Showcase
Saturday 31st October
Giant Dwarf Theatre, 6.30-8.30pm

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