Winners, ‘Awkward’ <br/><span>Class of 2018</span> Nina Cowley-Mousinho<br />and Shiloh Rea<br/><span>Class of 2018</span> Class of 2018 Alana Stewart &<br />Caleb Lindner <br/><span>LOL Squad 2018</span> Nath Valvo <br/><span>Host 2018</span> National runners up <br /><span>Class of 2018</span> Linh Nguyen <br /><span>LOL Squad Live 2018</span> LOL Squad Live 2018

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, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen, William McKenna and Tom Ballard, Class Clowns truly is a one-of-a-kind experience and a springboard to success!


The 2019 competition has finished! Congratulations to Patti Fawcett (VIC) our 2019 champion! Registrations for the 2020 competition will open at the end of the year - for more information about the program click here.

School workshops are available all year round, see below for details.


REGISTRATIONS for the 2020 will open later this year! In the mean time, feel free to browse this website for more information on the competition, workshops and our LOL Squad. 

For an indication of when heats will take place in your city, you can check out 2019 calendar here.



  • 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.


“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


Congratulations to our 2019 winner Patti Fawcett, runners up Nicholas Doring and Whose My Parents? and to ALL of our Class Clowns finalists from 2018! To check out all the clips from the 2019 Final head to our YouTube channel.

Contact us for further info

Tom Dickins

Producer: Education and Development Programs

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

(03) 9245 3700