Winner Lauren Duong <br/><span>Class of 2016</span> Winner Will McKenna<br/><span>Class of 2015</span> Luke McGregor<br/><span>Host 2014 Final</span> Class of 2016 ONGALS <br/><span>Guest Performers 2016</span> Judges 2015<br/><span>Catherine Andrews, <br />Nathan Lloyd, Susan Provan, Joel Creasey</span> Comedy workshops LOL Squad 2016 Alex Lowes<br/><span>Class of 2015</span> Comedy workshops

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival's development program for young people around the country. From comedy workshops in schools to a national comedy competition, Class Clowns engages and inspires young funny peeps to hone their potential. With alumni including Joel Creasey, Josh Thomas, Neel Kolhatkar and Tom Ballard, Class Clowns truly is a one-of-a-kind experience and a springboard to success!


  • Encourages young people to develop individual creative expression via comedy writing/performance making
  • Provides recognition and exposure of budding comedy talent
  • Enables young people to work with and learn from professional comedians
  • Builds appreciative comedy audiences for the future

Would you like to book a CRASH COURSE COMEDY WORKSHOP for your school/organisation? Melbourne International Comedy Festival facilitates comedy workshops nationally all year round

Click here for more info or to access our Teachers Comedy Resource Kit.

The 2017 Class Clowns Competition National Grand Final was held Friday 21 April, 1pm at Melbourne Town Hall. The event was hosted by 2016 Winner Lauren Duong and Mel Buttle and featured performances by comedians Josie Long and Aunty Donna.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winner Daniel Reeve and to ALL of our Class Clowns finalists from 2017! to check out all the clips from the 2017 Final head to our Youtube channel.

REGISTRATIONS for the 2018 competition OPEN in October 2017. Click here for more info on the competition.

“Class Clowns is about brand new talent and ideas but also about building confidence in young people and watching them experience the pure joy of being on stage”
– Anne Edmonds, Comedian 

“We love Class Clowns. So Much. We get to hang with the next generation of Aussie comics and help them take their talent to the next level.” Aunty Donna, Sketch comedy group

“A fantastic experience for our students.  From our sketch comedy trio to our female and male stand-up comics, they universally enjoyed their time. Couldn’t recommend Class Clowns more highly.” – Evan Watts, Eltham College

Contact us for further info

Wes Snelling

Producer: Education and Development Programs

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

(03) 9245 3700