Comedy ACT is the place to go to find out what’s happening in the Canberra stand-up comedy scene.
It is run by the Canberra comedy community in the form of local comedians and show producers, and has been active since 2009.
The website was initially set up at the instigation of founding members Jay Sullivan, Daniel Connell, Tom Gibson, Emo Parsonson, Benjamin and James Stevenson (The Stevenson Experience), and Hamish Hudson and Lizzy Rutten (Herbie and the Coleslaws). This coincided with a time of increased professionalism and activity in the Canberra comedy scene, with many of these acts touring and performing regularly at corporate events, as well as the setting up of Comedy Club at The Civic Pub which ushered in a new era for comedy in Canberra.
Book a Comedian
Looking to book a comedian for your next event function? Corporate gig? Christmas Party? Bucks night? Sure we can do that.
Comedy ACT provides agency-like services to help local comedians get in touch with people who need comedians.
Comedians, like regular people, have a great range of personalities and characters. Simply Contact Us and we’ll help you find a comedian with with right character for your next event.
New on the local comedy scene? Looking to build some cred? Make friends? Build your skills?
ComedyACT is run by comedians for comedians. Comedians involved with Comedy ACT are from all walks of life and at all levels of experience, from fresh comedy newbies to well-seasoned stand-up pros.
Comedy ACT is just a grass-roots collective of like-minded individuals working together, and as such, there are no membership fees or other formalities involved in becoming a part of Comedy ACT.
Getting involved gets you in touch with other comedians who can provide valuable feedback, mentorship and help build your confidence and experience, all while strengthening the comedy community in Canberra.
We’re always open to newcomers and out-of-towners and out-of-practicers, and are always on the hunt for volunteers to help out with comedy gigs in a variety of ways including on-the-door and photography.
Venues & Comedy Rooms
Comedy ACT promote and run gigs and comedy rooms in a number of venues across the Canberra region. Check out What’s On in the next couple of months, and get yourself along. Venues and comedy rooms include:
Comedy Club @ The Civic Pub
Canberra’s longest running comedy room. Comedy Club @ The Civic Pub has quickly become Canberra’s most popular comedy venue, selling out regularly since it hit the scene in 2009. Comedy Club features the best local and national stand-up comedians each month, and has proven to be a huge hit with audiences. Situated in the city, patrons are able to eat at the popular bistro downstairs before enjoying drinks up pub prices upstairs. Tickets from $15 per show.
“I had a ball. Great crowd, great room. I can’t wait to get back there.” – Ryan, Melbourne
“Highly Recommended! Funny as, plenty of good seating/standing (although it was a packed house), reasonable drink prices… Well done folks!” – Beardboy (the-riotact.com)
Location: The Civic Pub, 8 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2601. See map.
When: 1st Wednesday of the Month, 8pm
Open Mic @ The Front
Canberra’s oldest and most prestigious open mic. With a genuine bohemian feel, ‘The Front’, as it is affectionately known, offers a casual night of comedy fun where you never know what you might see. Sit among the couches and laugh as seasoned comedians perform alongside newcomers to the art in a cosy, anything goes environment. Entry is free.
“It’s just a fabulous place to have a drink and laugh.” – Tyrone
“Very casual, very fun…I love how laidback it is.” – Gaz
Location: The Front Cafe and Gallery, 1 Wattle Place, Lyneham. See map.
When: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 8pm
The Bunker Comedy @ Ginninderra Labor Club
The Bunker is downstairs at the Ginninderra Labor Club and is showcasing great Comedians from Canberra and Sydney. The Bunker is an intimate room with a well stocked bar. Get out to see the comedy in the Northside ‘burbs and save yourself that big taxi fare from the City. Tickets from $16.50 per show.
Location: Ginninderra Labor Club, Lhotsky St, Charnwood. See map.
When: 2nd Saturday of the Month, 8pm
Uni Pub Comedy @ Uni Pub
Uni Pub Comedy is Canberra’s newest room. Uni Pub Comedy showcases great local and national comedians in a great location in City West right between the CBD and New Acton. Patrons will be able to eat at the popular bistro downstairs before enjoying drinks at pub prices up on the Level 3 Lounge. Remember to pre-book tickets as it often sells out. Tickets from $20 per show.
Location: The Uni Pub, Level 3 Lounge, 17 London Circuit, City West. See map.
When: 3rd or 4th Friday of the Month, 7:30/8:00pm.
Open Mic @ The Duxton
A brand new Open Mic in the Inner North at The Duxton. A great pub now with great comedy. Get along to see some first timers and seasoned canberra comedians tune their act right before your eyes. If you are keen to get up and have a try, this is the place. Sign-up at 7:15pm. Entry is free.
Location: The Duxton, Macpherson St, O’Connor Shops. See map.
When: Last Monday of the Month, 7:30pm.
Royal Comedy @ The Royal Hotel QBN
Queanbeyan’s hottest comedy room, bringing you Queanbeyanites all the comedy fun you’d been missing out on for years. Featuring great interstate comedians with local supports. Excellent food is available from the Clearwater Grill and reasonably priced drinks with a good selection on tap. Ticket prices variable.
Location: 85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan. See map.
Comedy Trivia @ The Royal Hotel QBN
Hosted by local comedian Emo Parsonson, every Thursday night you can pop down to the Royal Hotel for some comedy-speckled trivia. Great prizes and free entry.
Location: 85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan. See map.
When: Every Thursday, 7pm.
LOLPol @ Polit Bar
A classy bar in the heart of Manuka. Enjoy a meal at one of the nearby fine restaurants before heading across to Polit Bar for some smooth cocktails and high-class laughs. Ticket prices variable.
Location: Polit Bar, Level 1, 8 Franklin St, Macpherson St, Manuka. See map.
Canberra Comedy Festival
While not run by Comedy ACT, Canberra Comedy Festival is run by comedians and show producers most of whom are affiliated with Comedy ACT. This young yet hugely popular festival has been bringing internationally and nationally recognised comedians including Stephen K. Amos, Peter Helliar, Akmal, Cal Wilson and The Umbilical Brothers to Canberra since 2013.
When: March each year.