Comedy ConFAB

09 February 2014 01:55 am


The Comedy ConFAB
A conference for people serious about their comedy

For the very first time the Comedy ConFAB lands at the Festival with a program of events that includes professional development opportunities for comedians and insightful panels for all. Both comedy industry and audience are invited to join in free panel discussions at The Wheeler Centre. The ConFAB concludes on the final weekend with a panel focused on artists taking their work beyond the Festival, near and abroad.

Jeez Louise Workshops

Jeez Louise returns for it’s 10th birthday with a return to workshops and a Faux Show, although for the first time split into two streams, for ‘freshers’ starting out and also for ‘post grads’ with professional development programs. This two day program for women is designed to facilitate and encourage women in comedy.

Northcote Town Hall l Sun 6 and Mon 7 April, 10-4pm l Registration fee $110 l Full details go to

Jeez Louise: This Is What A Comedian Looks Like

Men may outnumber women in standup comedy but on large and small screens as well as on stage, they definitely don’t out-funny them. Jeez Louise is here to embolden, inspire and grow the population of  ladies in showbiz comedy.  Join us for a panel discussion that will explore the potential and prejudice, frustrations and friendships that define the professional world of female comics: The aspiration to liberty, equality and sorority is not quite met yet.

Featuring special guest Adrienne Truscott, winner of 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Fosters Panel Prize/Spirit of the Fringe for her solo show Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else.

The Wheeler Centre l Mon 7 April, 6.15-7.15pm l Bookings essential here

Talking Comedians Writing Books

Stand-up comedy in a sit down (and read the fine print) format. Talking Comedians Writing Books brings together a panel of comics, both professionally funny and professionally published. A veritable Comedy Book Festival that will contemplate the longevity, impact and legacy of live versus printed funnies.

Australia's Denise Scott and Corrine Grant will be joined by local and international comedians performing in Melbourne and writing for the globe.

The Wheeler Centre l Mon 14 April, 6.15 – 7.15pm l Bookings essential here

Touring 101: Get Your Skates On

Edinburgh Expectations - Performing at the largest arts festival on the planet is an artist’s rite of passage, but at what cost? A conversation with producers, comedians, venue operators and Edinburgh veterans that will dish out tips on planning, surviving and getting the most out of the extraordinary Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Out of State - Are you ready to take your jokes to a broader audience? Inter-city, into the country and across state lines like Wile E Coyote? Gigging interstate takes a bit of planning, touring regionally or nationally, a lot. A panel discussion with bookers, touring network reps and those who have driven, flown and hitchhiked before you. Beep beep!

Melbourne Town Hall l Saturday 19 April, 3-5pm l This is a FREE event, just turn up!

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