Now booking for our 2020 Season! Now Booking Featured Artist Spots Oct-Dec 2020 & Rising Comic Spots for July -Sept.
Welcome To The Star Bar Comedy Theatre, Home of BonkerZ Featured Artist Comedy Clubs, The $10 Dollar Comedy Clubs, Fast $100 Comedy Competitions and Australia’s # 1 School of Stand Up Comedy
Featuring The BonkerZ Comedy Club Circuit.
New dress codes for Star Bar Comedy Theatre 2017. Due to Star Bar’s 1.5 million refurbishment, we’ve been told to inform all comics, T-shirts with offensive language or images, sandals, flip flops, torn jeans etc, will not be permitted. You will not be allowed in, therefore you will loose your spot and listed as a no show. Please arrive with a minimum dressed to impress your audience and fans.
NOTE: Room is owned by an African American, if this is an issue with you, please stop here. Although we welcome all races and ethnic backgrounds, this has been an issue with some comics and comedy club owners in the past and in the present and to be honest, we don’t have the time and patience to deal with those who make this an issue. If this is an issue with you, may we recommend the other rooms. To everyone else who could care less, where I’m from and the colour of my skin, you are always welcome.
Welcome to the $10 Dollar Comedy Clubs and BonkerZ Comedy Clubs. Since 2008, our idea was to create a professional room, where open mikers (or as we named them Rising Stars) and semi-pros, could come and perfect their craft, because of this, we were the first to initiate lots of new concepts to Australian comedy rooms,
1. First to use 5 or more comics per show as standard. We were told this would destroy the comedy industry, but since all comedy rooms are now doing the same, I guess it didn’t after all.
2. First to use Wireless microphones as standard.
3. First to pay open mikers and semi-pros for regular gigs, inside and outside of the club. Prior to us, the only comics making any money were headliners.
4. First to have photo wall of fame inside the club that exclusively featured serious open mikers and semi-pros, local to the scene.
5. First to feature regular theme nights in their club that featured open mikers and semi-pros i.e 10 Comics for $10 Bucks, Battle of the comic sexes, The Asian Stand up Comedy Invasion, 20 Comics in 60 Minutes, The African American and Asian Comedy Tour, Comedy Court and Clean as a Whistle, to name a few.
6. First to give new up and comers, a chance to MC a show in a professional surrounding
7. First to give open mikers a minimum of 6 minutes on stage and semi-pros a minimum of 8 mins
8. First to give semi-pros up to 15 mins as a featured artist as standard. Hey, we know you can’t become a headliner if you’re only given 3 to 5 mins every time you’re on stage.
9. First room designed and created specifically for Rising Star and Semi-Pros, who are serious about performing in a professional room that’s not a pub or tavern and a room that gives them plenty of time on stage to help reach a headliner performance level.
Because of this, we’re only looking for serious and reliable stand up comics. If you have a previous history of lots of cancellations, no-shows or arriving late and if your routine consist of lots of profanity, racist and crude humour please don’t sign up, we’re not the comedy clubs for you. Even though we offer a variety of spots for comics from pros to up and comers, our audiences expect us to deliver a professional show every time and on time. On occasion we advertise, promote and market, the photos and names of each comic that will be performing on that week, Comics who cancel after confirming an appearance, makes the club and themselves, look bad, when they don’t show or cancel. Nuff said.
We have 4 separate comedy shows.
1. The $10 Dollar Comedy Club on Friday Nights
2.BonkerZ Featured Artist Comedy Club on Saturday Nights
3. Fast $100 Comedy Competitions. 6 Comics ( Newbies or open mikers only, no semi-pros or pros allowed in this competition) compete for the fastest $100 bucks they’ll ever earn. Audience digital voting. 2 heats, 1 show. You need a minimum of 5 minutes of material and 2 paying guest to sign up. Top 2 winners win a spot in our Grand Finals in Dec. 1st Prize $100 Cash. 2nd prize $50 bucks cash. Grand Finals held on Dec 5th. 1st Prize $175.00 2nd Prize $75.00
4. BonkerZ Comedy Circuit (Several clubs across Sydney and The Adelaide Fringe Festivals)
Here’s the lineup for ALL shows.
Fast $100 Comedy Competition 8pm (Saturday nights- 3 times a year, with a grad final after 3 competitions) 1 MC, 1 featured Pro or Semi Pro and 5 – 6 Contestants. Note: Open to newbies and open mikers only- Requires 2 paid guest / Tickets (or just buy 2 tickets and give away) to to enter this competition.
The $10 Dollar Comedy Club 8pm (Fri) features: 1 MC plus 3 Featured Artist-15-20 min sets ( Pro’s, Semi Pros ) and 1-2 Rising Stars (6 min sets)
BonkerZ Comedy Clubs 8pm (Sat) features: 1 MC plus 3 Featured Artist – 15-20 min sets (Headliners-a 2 day spot) and 2 Rising Stars ( 6 min spots)
BonkerZ Paid Comedy Circuit Spots are 3 – 4 Featured Artist (20 min slots) and 1 Rising Comic ( 6 min slot ). We reward & select our regular comics for the Comedy Circuit from our $10 Dollar Comedy Club & BonkerZ Comedy Club Line ups first (our bread & butter), then outsourced any remaining slots from other seasoned industry comics. Note: Getting into the Paid BonkerZ Comedy Circuit is much easier if you’re a regular performer at BonkerZ or the $10 Dollar Comedy Clubs.
Star Bar (Sydney CBD)
Note: All featured Artist Spots and Comedy Circuit Spots are selected by the Promoter
Please note: Our club rules are designed to make you better organized and at the same time, make you look and sound professional on stage. To those who already consider themselves professional, these rules are the norm or nothing out of the ordinary. To the newbies just starting in the business, they are specifically design to make you an asset to any comedy venue, pro or non-pro.
Featured Artist must have a minimum of 15 mins of solid material and minimum of 2 years continues stage experience. Being a regular performer at the star bar also helps but is not necessary.
Open Mikers (Rising Stars) will be given up to 6 mins of stage time.
Here is the rate of progression: Open Mikers start in our Fri or Sat shows as a Rising Star (6 min sets). Once your skills are fined tuned with a solid 10-15 mins set, we move you to a Featured Artist (15 Min sets) and from there, hopefully join the BonkerZ Comedy Circuit. All BonkerZ Comedy Circuit Spots are paid gigs
Some shows are double weekend spots meaning, you will be performing on a Friday and Saturday night. Note Featured Artist only (15-20 Min sets).
Payment– MC Slots are 2 days (Fri/Sat) and are paid spots. Final amount depends on show numbers. We have a small theatre so we encourage MC’s to work with BonkerZ to spread the word when they are performing. The more people there, the more money they are paid. Those who do no promoting will probably make the minimum.
Last Minute Cancellations or no shows, once performance dates are confirmed, will cause you to lose any other confirmed dates you may have for the next 3 months and removes you from the paid Comedy Circuit spots, plus make it harder in the future to secure spots. We take cancellations and no shows very serious and so do audience members who may show up to see you perform.
MC’s and Alcohol: We recommend if you want to be an MC, not to drink alcohol before or during your performance. We’re finding MC’s performance levels are tainted in regards to making announcements, time allocation and promos because of this. Remember it’s a paid gig, screwing up future show promotions, which are needed to keep bums on the seat and cutting other comics times because you’ve lost track of time, is unacceptable and not professional. If you do choose to drink and it affects your performance, you will not be allowed to MC again.
MC’s have the responsibility to Know the up and coming events and promos, know the house rules, check in and brief all comics for the night of house rules. Please arrive no later then 7:20pm on Fridays or Saturdays to brief the comics. If you can’t arrive at this time, please don’t request to be an MC. MC’s also have the right and responsibility to remove or cut short, comics time on stage if they see u struggling or having a major issue.
1 free guest allowed per performer (excludes special events) Please notify at-least 3 days before show of your guest name. We recommend sending your guests name when u are confirming your show appearance 1 week before.
BonkerZ Comedy Club reserves the right to allow or decline a registration for any reason. This decision is final.
Although all styles and forms of comedy are welcomed,and we do realize most comics use profanity we do ask that you keep profanity and vulgar language at the barest minimum. ANY material deemed racist, sexist, homophobic or anything that seriously offends your audience, could result in loss of future spots and/ or paid gigs. We understand most rooms allow you to pretty much say whatever you want, but we try to attract people old and young to our shows. We find, the older crowds aren’t really into a lot of profanity and crude humor and believe me, they let us know.
We ask that all material be original. Any material found to be stolen or taken from another source will RESULT in your IMMEDIATE dismissal. Also No joke notes on your hand, legs, elbows or paper. This looks very unprofessional on stage. If u don’t have it memorized, don’t use it! if you are booked on as a Featured Artist (15 – 20 min spots) and are seen using notes, u will be moved to open mike status ( 6 mins on stage where u will have to book on line for each new spot).
You will be given a light when your time is up, going over that time could cancel all future dates and spots. So when U see the Light, exit stage right!
At BonkerZ Comedy Club Australia, we’re not concerned with having all open mikers, semi-pros or pros, perform in our clubs, only the best or those striving to be the best.
All performers will receive an SMS via mobile or EMAIL 1 week before show. Please reply to this sms ASAP. Failure to reply within 24 hours could result in your spot being given to another comic. We always confirm your confirmation email once you reply. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, it means we haven’t received your reply and you’ll need to send it again. This is our way of confirming your attendance. If you don’t receive an SMS by Tuesday the week of your performance, you’ll need to call our office (02) 95472578 to confirm your spot. We have several comics on stand by waiting for stage time, if we don’t hear from you, we need to fill that spot
Equipment supplied on the night will be a stage, Circle Spot light, up to two microphones and stands, 1 input cable for an instrument and CD facilities. Please discuss your requirements with our MD (Music Director) prior to your appearance on stage. No request for additional equipment or changes will be accepted on the night of your performance.
Just starting or new to the business? We always recommend taking a Stand up comedy course first, but if that’s not possible, we suggest a $20 investment in our ” So you wanna be a stand up comic?” Book. After reading, If you find stand up comedy is not for you, that $20 investment could save you hundreds of dollars in time and costs
Las Vegas Entertainment is the producer of The BonkerZ Comedy Circuit which features- The $10 Dollar Comedy Clubs, BonkerZ Featured Artist Comedy Clubs and House of Magic.
We (Las Vegas Entertainment ) reserve the right to alter or change these rules, registration terms and conditions without notice.