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Funny Tonne Applications Are Open!

Funny Tonne Applications Are Open!

We're looking for budding reviewers and arts critics to throw their hat in the Funny Tonne ring

Feb 28, 2020

Chortle Awards Finalists Announced

Among the nominees are a bunch of artists that are making their way out to Melbourne this Fest!

Feb 28, 2020

Chortle Awards Finalists Announced

Host of the Gala Announced!

Steph Tisdell has been announced as the host of Australian comedy’s night of nights - The Gala in support of Oxfam.

Feb 21, 2020

Host of the Gala Announced!

Indian All-Star Comedy Showcase Cast Announced!

A red-hot showcase of Indian Superstars just announced!

Feb 6, 2020

Indian All-Star Comedy Showcase Cast Announced!

Comedy Zone Asia Cast Announced!

Get a taste of these international stars as we head into the sixth year of Comedy Zone Asia!

Jan 23, 2020

Comedy Zone Asia Cast Announced!

Fundraiser events and comedy shows

The comedy community are rallying together to help raise funds for those battling and affected by the bushfires. There are comedy fundraisers happening around the country, check out what's happening in your town.

Jan 6, 2020

Fundraiser events and comedy shows

Upfront and The Great Debate are back!

Two very special events are on sale now!

Dec 9, 2019

Upfront and The Great Debate are back!

2020 Stand Up! grant recipients announced

We are pleased to announce the three recipients of the 2020 Stand Up! grant are Aurelia St. Clair, Emma Holland and Jacqueline Mifsud.

Dec 6, 2019

2020 Stand Up! grant recipients announced

We're on the hunt for the country's freshest and funniest!

The Festival's RAW Comedy, Deadly Funny and Class Clowns competitions are officially open... and we want YOU!

Nov 28, 2019

We're on the hunt for the country's freshest and funniest!

Introducing our 2020 'Zoners'

Welcoming the Comedy Zone class of 2020: Andrew Lee (QLD), Andrew Portelli (VIC), Elliott Stewart (NSW), Floyd Alexander-Hunt (NSW) and Tor Snyder (WA)

Nov 18, 2019

Introducing our 2020 'Zoners'

Roadshow is on route to India

We're super excited to announce that we'll be heading to India for a three-city tour this November, hitting NH7 Weekender Festival - the happiest music and comedy festival in India! - as well as Mumbai and, for the first time, Kochi.

Nov 14, 2019

Roadshow is on route to India

Who do you want to see in 2020?

As artists prepare punchlines and nut out new material, we have asked a few Festival fans and favourites for their inside scoop… What have they heard and who do they want to see… Will we see Michelle Brasier's dog form a comedy duo? Is Geraldine Hickey right - will Zoë Coombs Marr and Rhys Nicholson get a divorce? Anything could happen!

Nov 13, 2019

Who do you want to see in 2020?