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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

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2019 Award Nominees announced

2019 Award Nominees announced

2019 Award nominees and Pinder Prize recipients announced!

Apr 16, 2019

Fady Kassab wins RAW Comedy 2019!

Congratulations to Fady Kassab (NSW) - our 2019 RAW Comedy Winner! Fady took out the top spot, alongside runners up Laura Hutchinson (WA) and Suraj Kolarkar (QLD). Fady will now go on to compete in 'So You Think You're Funny' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fady Kassab wins RAW Comedy 2019!

2019 Award Nominations announcement

Nominee announcement for the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival awards will be made at 10.30am on Tuesday 16 April.

Apr 15, 2019

2019 Award Nominations announcement

Herald Sun - Comedian Q&As

Get to know the 2019 Festival comedians! Major Media Partner Herald Sun have put together loads of Q&As so you can get to know what expect from their shows in 2019!

Herald Sun - Comedian Q&As

Watch: In The Zone

Meet this years participants of The Comedy Zone in Channel 31's 8th Annual "In The Zone" documentary. Follow five up and coming comedians on a personal journey towards performing in the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival's infamous The Comedy Zone.

Apr 9, 2019

Watch: In The Zone

Fabian Woods is our 2019 Deadly Funny champion!

A massive congratulations to Fabian Woods from Western Australia - our 2019 Deadly Funny National Winner! Fabian had the audience and judges (Kevin Kropinyeri, Caroline Martin, Celia Pacquola and Sam Simmons) in stitches from the get-go, with nonstop punchlines and tales of growing up in a low socio-economic community. The event was expertly hosted by Steph Tisdell, and special guests Luca & Tyler Saunders, Dhungala Baarka and 2018 Deadly Funny winner Leon Filewood all performed killer sets.

Fabian Woods is our 2019 Deadly Funny champion!

Patti Fawcett takes out Class Clowns!

Huge congratulations to Patti Fawcett of Bendigo South East College who just took out the 24th Class Clowns National Grand Final at The Forum! Patti walks away with a prize of $1500, a $1000 workshop package for their school, plus the Class Clowns trophy. 

Mar 29, 2019

Patti Fawcett takes out Class Clowns!

Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor to host the 2019 Moosehead Benefit

For over 30 years, the Moosehead Benefit has closed out the Festival with a selection of some of the absolute must-see artists of the season!

Apr 2, 2019

Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor to host the 2019 Moosehead Benefit

P&O Cruises Brings the LOLs to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2020

P&O Cruises announce a first of its kind voyage to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

Apr 1, 2019

P&O Cruises Brings the LOLs to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2020

Extra and New Shows Added!

What do we want? MORE SHOWS! When do we want them? NOW! Here are the awesome artists who have added extra performances. Get in quick to catch them before they sell out!

Mar 29, 2019

Extra and New Shows Added!

Steph Tisdell to host Deadly Funny 2019!

We’re super excited to have the brilliant Steph Tisdell confirmed as host for Deadly Funny 2019! Since taking out the competition in 2014 Steph has gone from strength to strength, with her first solo show ‘Identity Steft’ earning her a Best Newcomer nomination in 2018 and smashing her first Gala appearance just last week.

Steph Tisdell to host Deadly Funny 2019!

Oh what a night!

On Wednesday 20 March the incomparable Tom Gleeson and an all-star line up of performers tore the roof off the Palais Theatre for The Gala, proudly supporting Oxfam. There was fanfare. There was flourish. There was a whole lot of fun to be had, thanks to the generous performers who gave their time and their jokes for this special cause.

Oh what a night!