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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

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Stand Up! Grants

Stand Up! Grants

Very pleased with the announcement of Stand Up! Grants, an Andrews Labor Government initiative inspired by the talent and promise of Eurydice Dixon, supporting a new generation of strong funny women serious about comedy. Congratulations to inaugural recipients: solo comedians Annie Louey and Alex Ward, and duo Urvi Majumdar and Carla Wills.

Mar 17, 2019

Urzila Carlson to host Opening Night!

We're so delighted to announce that the wonderful Urzila Carlson will host the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow! This huge curtain-raising event will take place at the Palais Theatre on Wednesday 27 March at 7.30pm.

Urzila Carlson to host Opening Night!

TOM GLEESON IS OUR GALA HOST!

We're so excited to announce that The Gala, proudly supporting Oxfam, will be hosted by none other than Tom Gleeson! Australia’s comedy night of nights will take place at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda on Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 7.30pm.

TOM GLEESON IS OUR GALA HOST!

Apply now for the Funny Tonne!

Since 2005, we've challenged die-hard fanatics to go head-to-head in a race to see the most Festival shows and take out the Funny Tonne title. Past Funny Tonners have gone on to careers writing about comedy… who will make their mark in 2019?

Apply now for the Funny Tonne!

Heats continue for Deadly Funny 2019!

We're back into our hunt for the freshest and funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent from across the country! Heats are back on around the country - including our first ever Deadly Funny workshop in Katherine. Come join the journey with us, check out where the nearest Deadly Funny is to you!

Heats continue for Deadly Funny 2019!

Pay the right price for tickets!

Great news! The Victorian Government has declared the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival a Major Event. Under the Major Events Act 2009 it is illegal for a 2019 Festival ticket to be resold or offered or advertised for resale for more than 10 percent above the face value purchase price of the ticket. Always purchase your tickets via comedyfestival.com.au.

Pay the right price for tickets!

Hannah Gadsby announces tour!

Huge news! The wonderful, world-wide sensation Hannah Gadsby has announced a new show!

Feb 5, 2019

Hannah Gadsby announces tour!

RAW Comedy Heats on now!

RAW Comedy events are now on across the country - head to a heat in your city.

RAW Comedy Heats on now!

Scotland's Larry Dean returns to the Festival in 2019

Watch Larry's performance at 2018's Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow.

Scotland's Larry Dean returns to the Festival in 2019

Michelle Wolf Australian debut announced

Exclusive to Melbourne, critically-acclaimed US star Michelle Wolf is making her way to the Festival!

Jan 14, 2019

Michelle Wolf Australian debut announced