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Check back here regularly for all the latest Festival promotions and special events.

  • Touring in 2017!

    FOLLOW THE FUNNY – INTERSTATE TOURS AND EVENTS The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is presenting some of the biggest international names at festivals and events around Australia. Check out who’s on tour with us below, and follow the... Continue Reading

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  • The Roadshow is heading to Perth in 2017!

    Buckle up Perth, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival to His Majesty’s Theatre! With an all-killer, no-filler cast of... Continue Reading

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  • Our 2017 comedy competitions are now open!

    Melbourne International Comedy Festival is looking for the hottest new talent in comedy - and it could be you! RAW COMEDY Australia’s largest national open mic comedy competition 2017 could be your time to make a splash in the comedy scene!... Continue Reading

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  • 2017 shows on sale now!

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  • 2017 Festival information

    The 2017 Festival (29 March - 23 April 2017) will be here before you know it! Check out our Information for Performers page for updates on registrations, applications and more. Continue Reading

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  • Award WINNERS 2016 announced!!

    2016 Barry Award Winner: Zoe Coombs Marr
 2016 Barry Award Nominees: Luisa Omielan, Damien Power, David O’Doherty, Rhys Nicholson, Tom Ballard, Anne Edmonds, 

 2016 Golden Gibbo Winner: Zoe Coombs Marr
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  • Russell Howard 2017 - new shows announced!

    Due to overwhelming demand British comedy superstar Russell Howard has added two new dates to his 2017 ‘Round the World’ Australian tour! Russell is returning to Australia with a brand new live show, now playing extra dates at Melbourne’s... Continue Reading

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  • Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards nominees & winners announced

    The lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominations were announced on Wednesday and we were delighted to see so many talented Australians in the running... Continue Reading

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  • Helpmann Award Winners 2016

    A massive congratulations to all the winners at the 2016 Helpmann Awards, which were broadcast live from Sydney on 25 July! Continue Reading

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  • COMEDY anytime!

    Catch all the best from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and our TV specials on our YouTube channel! Continue Reading

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  • Small start, big art

    $72.8m has been cut from the Australia Council. This deeply affects the small-medium live performance companies that employ tens of thousands of people and give artists and performers the opportunity to develop and share their work. In the Small... Continue Reading

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  • On the Air with Nova 100!

    Catch up on some of the great comedian interviews and Nova and Festival event highlights! Continue Reading

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  • Festival Buzz — The Podcast

    What really goes on at a comedy festival? Nath Valvo and special guests catch up for news, gossip and cracking stories about the Festival and the world of comedy. Continue Reading

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  • The Decades That Were - The Podcast

    A look back at the first three decades of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Cal Wilson's conversations with comics who were THERE will test memories, celebrate highlights and welcome controversy over who and what shaped each era. Continue Reading

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  • Drinking and Dining at the Festival

    All those laughs worked up your appetite? We’ve teamed up with a superb selection of drinking and dining venues across the city who are prepped and primed to give you all the sustenance you need following a night of comedy! Continue Reading

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