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Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

The Comedy Zone

Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

The Comedy Zone

The Comedy Zone 2019 is here, and it’s an absolute banger! These five rising stars are so fresh and so funny, delivering dynamite performances bound to get you moving. It’s a comedy compilation packed with 100% hits...  catch them now as they rise to the top of the comedy charts!

Bec Melrose (NSW)
Bec Melrose is a stand-up and sketch performer, storyteller and writer. After taking out the grand prize at RAW Comedy 2018 she went on to compete as part of So You Think You're Funny? at Edinburgh Fringe, where she delighted with sophisticated writing and slick delivery. As well as performing live around the country, Bec has written for ABC TV’s Tonightly with Tom Ballard.

'Sardonic and astute, with strong, distinctive gags concealing a socially conscious edge.' Chortle (UK)

Ben Kochan (NSW)
Ben Kochan has been doing stand-up since the ripe age of 19, performing all over Australia at clubs and festivals. He has featured on Comedy Central's show Little Nippers and ever so briefly on ABC2’s Be Your Own Boss alongside Becky Lucas and Cameron James. He pairs sharp and clever writing with a phenomenal moustache, making for the perfect on-stage presence.

Charity Werk (VIC) 
Since her sparkling debut at the RAW Comedy State Finals in 2018, Charity Werk has quickly established herself as a queen of the scene and a star on the rise. Her debut show at Melbourne Fringe was given an extended season and a Best Comedy nomination. When she's not hosting ‘Glitter Bomb’, Melbourne's monthly spectacular, Charity is often seen being gorgeous and making the world a better place.

'Charming, sassy and a great voice to boot.' The Music

David Woodhead (NT)
Born and raised in Darwin, David Woodhead started his career in comedy in 2015 when he entered the Class Clowns Comedy competition. At only 20 years old, David has performed in festivals around the country and was a national finalist in RAW Comedy in 2016. His career has since moved to television where he is a writer and actor on the upcoming Season 3 of ABC TV’s Black Comedy.

'Commands the stage well beyond his years…  a future comedy stalwart.' Adelaide Advertiser

Emma Holland (ACT)
Emma Holland burst onto the stand-up scene in early 2017 and has since taken her absurd and dead pan style to sold-out shows around the country. A runner-up in RAW Comedy in 2018, Emma is witty, dry and often compared to beloved cartoon character 'Daria'. Emma, however, believes she is much more three-dimensional, and doesn't even wear glasses.

'An original talent… sparkling with wit.' Chortle (UK)

Comedy Q&A - Herald Sun

Before and after the show

  • Festival Club

    THE place to see the who’s who of comedy letting loose on the stage and dance floor!

    Festival Club
  • Drinking & Dining

    Feeling a little peckish, or fancy a post-show nightcap? Visit one of our awesome Drinking and Dining partners!

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