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The Comedy Initiative

The Comedy Initiative is a growing program designed to build development opportunities for comedians in Australia’s Arts Industry.

With limited opportunities for comedians in the current landscape, supporting initiatives like this is vital to help build the next wave of talent, sharing new perspectives and making audiences everywhere feel welcome and most importantly, cry (with laughter!).

If you’re interested in seizing this unique opportunity as a supporting partner, contact us to learn more.

Or, if you’re a comedian wanting to get involved in our program, sign up to our newsletter here to keep up to date with all the latest information regarding application rounds and dates.

Next Program Dates

Applications Open
Wednesday 30th September

Applications Close
Thursday 15th October

Saturday 24th October
10am - 4pm

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

Program Facilitators


  • 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!

Previous Participant Feedback

The Programs

The Newcomers Programs was created 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 best comedians/producers. You’ll learn about the industry, how to get performance opportunities and also workshop their own jokes with the group. Then, they’ll perform to a live audience as part of the Showcase show, with a guaranteed welcoming audience and some high-quality snaps of your performance.

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

The Emerging Program is a way for comedians who have some performing experience (6 months – 1 year) to get to the next stage of their careers, hone their craft and learn invaluable theoretical knowledge from some of Sydney’s most talented artists. 

In a one-day workshop followed by two individual mentoring sessions, you’ll get real-world feedback about your material, stage presence and ask questions that you may have as well. 

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

October 2020 – Newcomers Program