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The Standup Sessions

Melbourne International Comedy Festival has joined forces with the Victorian Government’s Victoria Together team to produce some seriously funny content for all Victorians to enjoy during lockdown.

The result is The Standup Sessions, a brand new series featuring socially distanced comedy and chat with some of Melbourne’s favourite comedians.

Across 5 episodes, our wonderful host Nazeem Hussain is joined by an exciting mix of the biggest names and newest faces of the Melbourne comedy scene.

Headliners Frank Woodley, Em Rusciano, Denise Scott, Rhys Nicholson and Geraldine Hickey will take to the stage ‘alongside’ (in a socially distant way) rising stars Daniel Connell, Annie Louey, Jude Perl, Kirsty Webeck, Michael Naawi and Alex Ward.

JUMP TO:  E1  |  E2  |  E3  |  E4  |  E5

From 25 August, you can tune in each Tuesday at 7.30pm from the comfort of your own home at and all episodes will remain available online for catch up once they have premiered.

Episode one - Nazeem Hussain, Frank Woodley and Kirsty Webeck

Episode two - Nazeem Hussain, Rhys Nicholson and Annie Louey

Episode three - Nazeem Hussain, Denise Scott, Jude Perl and Michael Naawi

Episode four - Nazeem Hussain, Em Rusciano and Alex Ward

Episode five - Nazeem Hussain, Geraldine Hickey and Daniel Connell