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Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

The Comedy Zone

Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

The Comedy Zone

The future’s so bright, you'd better wear shades. 

They’ve been perfecting their game for a few years, and now Australia’s finest emerging comics are ready to challenge you with a demo of talent from the next level.

Featuring past winners from both RAW Comedy and Class Clowns, as well as Deadly Funny alumni.

Introducing Matt Ford (QLD), Jacob Lingard (QLD), Ciaran Lyons (WA), Nina Oyama (NSW) and Matt Stewart (VIC)

Directed by Kate McLennan

Matt Ford (QLD)
Winner of the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns competition, and graduate of the Festival’s Deadly Funny program, Matt Ford has since taken his comedy education seriously. After four years in the biz, expect expertly delivered everyday observations, taken to the absurd.

Jacob Lingard (QLD)
After a debut at the Festival in 2013 as part of popular troupe Horses That Shoot Lasers From Their Eyes, Jacob Lingard is back in 2015 and flying solo. With a unique style and unpredictable nature, he is sure to bring some madness and mayhem to The Comedy Zone.

Ciaran Lyons (WA)
At the tender age of 18, Ciaran Lyons has already got some serious comedy cred under his belt. A WA RAW Comedy State Finalist, Ciaran has gone on to perform alongside big-name acts such as Sammy J and Randy, Dave O’Neil and Tom Gleeson.

Nina Oyama (NSW)
Nina Oyama was a Class Clowns State Finalist three years ago, making a name for herself as an hilarious stand-up and writer. Recently awarded winner of SBS's Comedy Runway competition to produce a comic webseries, Nina will be flying the flag for NSW with her quick-witted, biting humour.

Matt Stewart (VIC)
Matt Stewart won the RAW Comedy National Grand Final last year, and is now taking the next step in The Comedy Zone. Where has he taken that endless potential, monotone voice and glorious ginger beard? There’s only one way to find out.

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