In its ninth year running, annual comedy festival Just For Laughs (Sydney) returns this October with a special announcement.
Known for its solid lineups featuring some of the biggest international names in comedy, JFL Sydney just announced 2019’s performers—Steve Martin and Martin Short, Dylan Moran, Dara O Briain, Dave Hughes, Nina Conti, Fred Armisen, Kathy Lette, Beth Stelling and India’s very own Horny Sindhi, Atul Khatri!
“Chalo poster chapp gaya, ab nahi jaana,” he joked to DeadAnt, adding that thrilled to see his name next to such comedy stalwarts.
His excitement was palpable over Instagram, where he adding a series of Stories announcing his name on the lineup with Steve Martin (fair, we’d wig out too), actor, standup and author of Born Standing Up, a book that makes it to almost every comedian’s bookshelf at some point in their lives.
Of course, it isn’t Khatri’s first time performing at an international festival. He has previously performed at the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival (2014), Utrecht Comedy Festival (2014) and the Dubai Comedy Festival (2015). He also has a 30-minute standup special—Happiest Ending—on Netflix’s comedy series Comedians Of The World, which featured 47 comedians from 13 countries. The ex-EIC member and founder of Butter Khatri (his dog) Fan Club has toured with his one-hour, Atul Khatri Live in Sydney, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK as well.
“I will be flying in four days prior to my show, just to watch other comedians perform, since I haven’t attended a JFL festival before,” he said. For his show, he’s got 45 minutes of brand new material, a set he hasn’t named yet. So yes, it will be entirely different from what he toured with last year, in case you’re wondering.
The festival hosts performances held at various venues in Sydney like the State Theatre, Enmore Theatre, The Comedy Store and others, the biggest one being the Sydney Opera House. Every year the best comedic talent from around the world is showcased at these venues. Last year, they had Kenny Sebastian from India, who performed at Factory Theatre in Sydney.
Khatri will be performing on 1 November at The Comedy Store, Sydney. He will also be doing a show each in Melbourne and in Brisbane on 2 and 3 November, organised by the same group handling JFL Sydney.