Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns Information

Registrations for Class Clowns 2011 have now closed. Registrations for 2012 will open in October.


Funny enough to win $1000 for you and $1000 for your school?

Each year, hundreds of high school students from Years 9-12 participate in the Class Clowns competition across the country – discovering or refining their skills in writing and performing for the public. Taking part in the competition is an exciting, illuminating and hilarious experience – and for some it is the start of a serious adventure into the world of comedy.

At a Class Clowns gig, students who have prepared up to 5 minutes of stand-up, sketch comedy or musical parody participate in a rehearsal with a professional Festival comedian before presenting their act to a real, live public audience.

The performance is judged and the winners of these local heats go forward into state finals, and the winners of each state are flown to Melbourne in September to perform at the National Grand Final. It’s a colossal show in a stately venue – and hosted by well known comedians before a very appreciative audience (largely students who are getting out of being at school - yay)!

Who is eligible to enter Class Clowns?
• Secondary school students in Years 9–12
• Acts must be a maximum of 5 minutes long
• Each act can contain a maximum of 3 students
• Schools may enter more than one act
• Routines must be original, well rehearsed and funny
• All forms of comedy are eligible including individual stand up routines, double acts, sketches, musical comedy, parodies and satire

Download the Class Clowns 2011 event calendar:

To complete the online registration and enter for a Class Clowns heat near you click here

The registration fee is $33 for the first act and $11 for each subsequent act from the same school or organisation. For details of how to pay, please download the registration_payment_form.pdf

Don’t fit the criteria? Try the RAW Comedy open mic competition for up-and-coming comedians.

'Every year my students look forward to the Class Clowns competition. More than anything else this competition really empowers students and boosts their confidence. Nothing compares to the joy I see in their faces when they achieve the ultimate – to make an audience laugh!'
- Maggie Bainbridge, Buckley Park College, Essendon (VIC)