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

  • 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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  • 2017 participant 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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  • Roadshow Tours South East Asia!

    The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is heading back to Asia!! Featuring a stellar line up of Australian and International discoveries from this year’s Festival, this is a comedy show like no other and will have the room in... Continue Reading

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  • Helpmann Award Nominees 2016

    Congrats to the 2016 Helpmann Award nominees for Best Comedy Performer! 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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  • 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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  • EXTRA SHOWS ADDED!

    Can't get enough comedy? You're in luck - many Festival shows are moving to bigger venues or adding extra dates to keep up with demand! Check back here regularly to see if your favourite has added extra shows, and book in quick to avoid disappointment! 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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  • Win the Ultimate Comedy Roadshow Pack with Richmond Skoda

    Book your test drive with Richmond Skoda for your chance to win the ultimate Comedy on the Road prize package! Prize includes a 3-day drive experience, tickets for you and four friends to a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow... 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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  • Hosts announced for 30th Birthday Bash

    The most epic party on our birthday calendar is the 30th Birthday Bash, featuring an absolutely massive line-up of comedy stars past, present and future. It's a night so big it needs two hosts - we're delighted to announce that Festival favourites Cal... Continue Reading

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  • RAW Comedy 2016 - open now!

    Comedy adventurers – are you fierce, focussed and funny enough to conquer the comedy jungle in Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic competition? Registrations for the 2016 RAW Comedy competition ARE NOW OPEN! Visit the RAW... Continue Reading

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