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1-4 SEPTEMBER 2011

Sydney Opera House today announced that Martin Short, Demetri Martin and Russell Howard will join the international, all-star line up of comedians performing at Sydney Opera House in September this year, as part of Australia’s first Just for Laughs festival.

They will join the existing line up featuring John Cleese hosting the International Comedy Gala alongside internationally acclaimed comedians Dylan Moran, Louis C.K. and Margaret Cho.

Sydney Opera House CEO Richard Evans said, ‘Just for Laughs just got even funnier with another three internationally renowned comics heading down under for our first festival in September.’

We are thrilled with the stellar line-up of our inaugural festival at Sydney Opera House’, said Gilbert Rozon, Chairman and Founder of Just For Laughs.

Canadian comedian and performer and Saturday Night Live veteran Martin Short - also known to many for his turn as Franck the unintelligible wedding planner in The Father of the Bride (1991) - will perform a solo show in the Concert Hall (Friday 2 September, 7pm). Short made his big screen debut in The Three Amigos (1986) alongside Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Randy Newman. Over the years, he has continued to land comedic roles in releases such as Inner Space (1987) alongside Meg Ryan, and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks (1996) among others. Short has worked extensively in television including the Emmy-award-winning NBC show The Show Formerly Known As The Martin Short Show and in addition to his regular appearances on Saturday Night Live. He has worked in stage productions including the Broadway musical Fame Becomes Me, Mel Brooks’ The Producers and his one-man show featuring songs, improvisation, classic sketches and well-loved characters such as Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. He has been awarded an Order of Canada for his contribution to the country’s culture.

Dubbed by the Guardian ‘the funniest man on TV in America’, comedian and law-school dropout Demetri Martin is best known for his regular appearances as the ‘Senior Youth Correspondent’ for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Drawing inspiration from Steven Wright, Steve Martin and Mitch Hedberg, Martin hit his stride with stand-up early, winning Edinburgh Festival’s prestigious Perrier Award on his first visit in 2003. His Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin (2009) is now broadcast, to wide acclaim, in the UK as well as his native America. He has appeared in Flight of the Conchords and on the big screen in Ang Lee’s 2009 film Taking Woodstock. In April 2011, Martin published his first book titled This is a Book. He will perform a solo show in the Opera Theatre (Sunday 4 September, 9.30pm).

Hot on the heels of a sell out arena tour of the UK, British stand-up Russell Howard will perform for the first time in Sydney in the Opera Theatre (Sunday 4 September, 7pm). The comedian whose boundless optimism knows no limits, made his name as a regular on the British BBC topical panel game show Mock the Week and through his own BBC TV show Russell Howard’s Good News. This will be Howard’s first Australian performance since appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2007. He’ll be coming to Australia fresh from making his second appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in July this year.

Just for Laughs at Sydney Opera House will premiere in September 2011 with a program conceived and created especially for Australian audiences. It represents a partnership between Sydney Opera House, the world’s biggest comedy festival Just for Laughs, and Australia’s best-known comedy presenter Adrian Bohm, that will attract the brightest, funniest and finest names in international comedy to the Australian stage. 



Tickets for the additional Just for Laughs performances go on sale on Tuesday 12 July by phone on 02 9250 7777 or Sydney Opera House.

  • Dylan Moran, Thursday 1 September, 8pm
    Concert Hall – from $79.90
  • Martin Short, Friday 2 September, 7pm
    Concert Hall – from $79.90
  • Margaret Cho, Friday 2 September, 9.30pm
    Concert Hall – from $79.90
  • The International Comedy Gala headlined by John Cleese, Saturday 3 September, 7pm and 9.30pm
    Concert Hall – from $124.90
  • Louis C.K., Sunday 4 September, 7pm
    Concert Hall – from $79.90
  • Russell Howard, Sunday 4 September, 7pm
    Opera Theatre – from $59.90
  • Demetri Martin, Sunday 4 September, 9.30pm
    Opera Theatre – from $59.90

Keep up to date with Just for Laughs by joining us on our Facebook page and online at Sydney Opera House - Just for Laughs

Dylan Moran’s performance at Sydney Opera House on Thursday 1 September is now sold out.

MEDIA CONTACT: Meera Hindocha, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7834 / 0401 711 531 /




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