Learn the Basics!

The Newcomers Program

The Newcomers Program was created to encourage new and diverse voices to get started in comedy in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

As a participant of the program, you’ll attend a one-day workshop, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of the industry, how to approach getting performance opportunities and ask any questions you have about the scene in general. You’ll also workshop your very own jokes with some of Sydney’s best comedic minds!

Then, the following Friday you’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 too.

After this program, you’ll be set to head out into the comedy world and start entertaining audiences across the city (and beyond!).

Apply here

Key Dates

Applications Open
Wednesday 14th July 2021

Applications Close
Until Lockdown ends


Showcase Performance

Program Details


  • 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.


Does this program cost?
No! There are no costs associated with participating in the program.

I’m unsure if I want a career in comedy, is this program for me?
There are no obligations to be the next Hannah Gadsby, Ali Wong or Tina Fey! Whether 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!

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 prepare about 3-4 minutes worth of jokes to bring into the workshop 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

October 2020 – Newcomers Program