It’s going to be a Sydney Comedy Festival like no other this year, with festival-goers offered a new way of getting to and from shows without having to get out of bed. Festival partner Travelodge Hotels has developed a novel mode of transport, the Ubed, which will pick up festival-goers in central Sydney and deliver them to their nominated show. The rickshaw style bike has a full size in-built single bed and will take to the streets, providing comfort and relaxation for its passengers, right up to theatre doors. Boring upright transport no more – the Ubed is here!
If a horizontal ride into the city complete with pillow and doona doesn’t tick enough boxes, passengers will ensure their chuckle levels are high pre-show with an extra dose of comedy along the way. Up-and-coming Australian comedian Becky Lucas will join passengers for the ride, delivering bedside jokes to get the laughter endorphins pumping ahead of the main event.
“Lie-down comedy is basically the new stand-up,” said Becky. “The Ubed is the perfect way to get guests and myself warmed up pre-gig. It’s a hybrid of travel, comedy and comfort – what more could you want.”
Travelodge Hotels offer great accommodation with all the essential comforts to explore what a city has to offer. With Ubed, they’re quite literally giving their own slogan a “road test”.
Passengers can travel two abreast, while enjoying their journey through the city. Lie-Down Comedy is a new genre, offering an innovative combination of joke telling, transport and horizontal comfort. Naps are encouraged and selfie sticks are provided. Pyjamas are not included.
Comedy lovers can also get a taste of the action at Travelodge Hotel Sydney’s own pop-up, where Sydney Comedy Festival acts will make special appearances on Monday nights from 30 April to 14 May: Andrew Maxwell, Al Del Bene, Becky Lucas, David Quirk, Ciaran Lyons and David Smiedt.