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Conversations and events for people serious about their comedy. 

Festival Buzz | The Decades That Were | VIP Podcasts | Jeez Louise: Rachel Berger, Kate McLennan and Jess Perkins | Jeez Louise: The Guilty Feminist

Festival Buzz

What really goes on at a comedy festival?

Hosted by Nath Valvo (recorded as an MICF podcast)

Nath and his guests catch up for news, gossip and cracking stories about the Festival and the world of comedy.

Dates: Saturday 26 March, 2, 9 & 16 April

Time: 3pm (50mins)

Venue: Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne

Tickets: FREE

Details here


The Decades That Were 

A look back at the first 3 decades of the Comedy Festival

Hosted by Cal Wilson (recorded as an MICF podcast)

Every milestone birthday calls for reflection, dissection and laughs at the ‘remember when’ moments. Cal’s conversations with comics who were THERE will test memories, celebrate highlights and welcome controversy over who and what shaped each era.


Sunday 3 April: 1987 – 1996

Sunday 10 April: 1997 – 2006 

Sunday 17 April: 2007 – 2016

Time: 3pm (50mins)

Venue: Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne

Tickets: FREE

Details here


VIP Podcasts

Bite sized chunks of career wisdom covering touring survival, Edinburgh Fringe 101, securing an agent or manager, and audition success. 

Log onto the Festival’s website to download talks with the likes of Nathan Lloyd (Mullinars Casting), Steve Lock (Soho Theatre, London), Karen Koren (Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Steve Bennett (Chortle UK), Tessa Waters (WOMANz), and Alex Edelman (USA Stand-up)

Download from comedyfestival.com.au/podcasts


Jeez Louise: Rachel Berger, Kate McLennan and Jess Perkins

The Comedy Festival is turning 30, and to celebrate Jeez Louise is looking back and looking ahead, assessing what has (and hasn’t) changed for women in comedy. What needs to change? Who is opening the door for whom?   Comedy is as subjective as ever, but has the landscape matured?  

Panelists (festival debut): 
Rachel Berger (1988) 
Kate McLennan (2002) 
Jess Perkins (2015)   

Time: Monday 11 April, 6.15pm (75mins) 

Venue: The Wheeler Centre

Tickets: FREE! Bookings essential, wheelercentre.com

Details here

Jeez Louise: The Guilty Feminist Podcast: Live Recordings with Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen 

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join Sofie Hagen (DNK) and Deborah Frances-White (UK) for a special podcast recording. Sofie, Deborah and guests discuss topics ‘all 21st Century feminists agree on’ while confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. 

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

Details here