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The Funny Tonne

Funny Tonne

Since 2005, the Funny Tonne has dared three die-hard fanatics of funny to go head-to-head in a race to see the most Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows and win the Funny Tonne title!

The current Funny Tonne record holder is Sarah Trevarthen, who smashed it in 2015 with 178 shows! In 2016 Jeremy MacPherson won the Funny Tonne with 158 shows. Will 2017's competitors achieve a new record?!

With a special Comedy Passport in hand, successful applicants will defy all sensible logic in this 'Amazing Race' of Australian comedy, creating sleepless schedules of back-to-back shows all Festival long, posting reviews along the way. It’s not quite the race that stops the nation, but this chase for chuckles is one mighty amusing challenge! The Funny Tonne reviews are posted on the Festival website daily once the Festival kicks off.

The Reviewers

Rachel Hyland

155 reviews

Rachel Hyland is a writer, editor, publisher and comedy obsessive from way back. A Melbourne local, she spent her teens living for each instalment of RRR's "The Cheese Shop", while her first stand up experience was "Wilennium", way back in 2000. (And yes, like you, she is on tenterhooks every year, wondering just how outlandish the "Wil" puns can get.)

Chris Heaslip

101 reviews

Originally from Sydney Chris would visit Melbourne every April to see as many festival shows he could. Still recovering from the severe debt this has put him in, Chris is excited to be part of the festival again to test both his writing ability and the minimum amount of sleep the human body needs to survive. Travelling in from Coburg Chris is a fan of sketch and long stories but enjoys anything that will make him laugh. Say hi if you see me jogging from show to show and please offer any food scraps you may have!

John Souness

156 reviews

John is a born and bred Melbournian who has had a passion (some say addiction) for live entertainment all his life. John spends well above the average time gracing the front rows of everything from Broadway style productions to live pub bands and everything in between including comedy and magic shows, circus and sporting events of all sorts. John grew up in Richmond watching live bands at the Corner and the Espy and remembers the Comedy Festival from its early beginnings over 30 years ago. He now lives in central Southbank close to so many arenas and theatres and enjoys the “live” aspect of all entertainment and the vitality of being there in the moment. For years John has had a simple but effective way of assessing shows that he has shared with family and friends, rating each show on a scale of 1-10. Watch for his ratings during the MICF.

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