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FULL 2020 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 11 FEB 2020

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Touring in 2020

FOLLOW THE FUNNY – INTERSTATE TOURS AND EVENTS

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is presenting some of the biggest international names at festivals and events around Australia. Check out who’s on tour with us below, and follow the funny around the country!

ARI ELDJÁRN | DAVID O'DOHERTYFLO & JOAN | JAMES VEITCH | JOHN KEARNS | JOSIE LONG KANAN GILL | KYLE KINANELARRY DEAN | LLOYD LANGFORD | MARK WATSON | MAWAAN RIZWAN | RICH HALL

ARI ELDJÁRN
Eagle Fire Iron

Iceland’s biggest comedy star returns with a new show covering fatherhood, mindfulness, Icelandic weather and what it's like to live in a country with an entire population of just 360,000 people.

‘Eldjárn’s got a joke for every occasion... hugely enjoyable' ★★★★½ Herald Sun

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 8.15pm (Sun 7.15pm) 
Swiss Club

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April, 8.15pm
Wildflower Wine Bar, Enmore Theatre


DAVID O'DOHERTY (IRL)
whoa is me

Here he comes again, trotting on to the stage with all of the misplaced confidence of a waiter with no pad. Is he going to remember it? YES HE IS. There'll be lots of talking, some apologising and some songs on a glued together plastic keyboard from 1986. 

MELBOURNE | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March - Sunday 19 April (check show page for times)
RMIT Capitol Theatre, Swanston Street, Melbourne

ADELAIDE
Wednesday 22 April, 7.00pm
Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide

PERTH | Perth Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 April, 7.00pm
Regal Theatre, Perth

SYDNEY | Sydney Comedy Festival
Saturday 25 April, 9.15pm
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

BRISBANE
Sunday 26 April, 8.00pm
The Tivoli, Brisbane


FLO & JOAN (UK)
Before The Screaming Starts

Following sell-out UK seasons, musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan return to Melbourne! They’ve got a new hour of dark and waggish songs to parade about the place. These piano/percussion darlings mix harmony and humour, with catchy tunes, sharp lyrics and enviable elocution skills.

‘Sweet harmonies and biting lyrics… the laughs are consistent all the way through' ★★★★ Time Out Melbourne

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 8.20pm (Sun 7.20pm) 
State Library Victoria

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April, 8.15pm
Factory Theatre


JAMES VEITCH (UK)
Tentative

James returns to Australia with a brand new show, full of even more pranks, scams and emails. Responsible for the fastest ever TED Talk to reach over ten million views, James Veitch delivers unashamedly nerdy, creative and cheeky comedy.

‘Tears-down-the-face funny’ ★★★★ The Sunday Herald

ADELAIDE  |  Adelaide Fringe
Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March, 5.30pm
The Garden

CANBERRA |  Canberra Comedy Festival
Thursday 19 March, 8.30pm 
Street Theatre

GOLD COAST |  Gold Coast Laughs Festival
Friday 20 March 7.15pm 
Paradise Showroom, HOTA

BRISBANE  |  Brisbane Comedy Festival
Saturday 21 March, 2.15pm & Sunday 22 March, 3.45pm
Brisbane Powerhouse

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April (check show page for times)
RMIT Capitol Theatre

SYDNEY | Sydney Comedy Festival
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April, 7.30pm (Sun 6.30pm)
Factory Theatre


JOHN KEARNS (UK)
Double Take and Fade Away

Back to back Edinburgh Best Newcomer and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, four-time Chortle Award nominee and two-time Melbourne Comedy Award nominee John Kearns returns with his original, entrancing and off kilter take on the ordinary and the sublime. 

‘Possibly his finest show yet, a beautiful hour of soulful stand-up’ ★★★★★ Time Out 

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April (check show page for times)
Melbourne Town Hall

SYDNEY  | Sydney Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April, 9.30pm 
Factory Theatre


JOSIE LONG (UK)
Tender

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long is back on the road with a brand-new show about kindness, gentleness and the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood. Tender should leave you feeling optimistic about the future, although that’s a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices in it, and that’s not nothing.

'Intelligent delights to carry a hugely entertaining night. Her show left me gasping for air' ★★★★½ The Age
‘Full of love and defiant joy' ★★★★ The Guardian (UK)

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 7pm (Sun 6pm)
State Library Victoria

SYDNEY  | Sydney Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 April, 9.30pm 
Factory Theatre


KANAN GILL (INDIA)
The End

Indian stand-up and YouTube superstar Kanan Gill brings the world premiere of his new show to Australia. In this personal, observational and deeply stupid follow up to his 2019 Festival smash hit Teetar,  Kanan’s new hour will delight his long-term fans and establish a whole new legion of followers. 

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 7pm (Sun 6pm) 
Chinese Museum

BRISBANE
Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm 
The Sit Down Comedy Club

SYDNEY | Sydney Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm 
Factory Theatre

PERTH  | Perth Comedy Festival
Friday 24 April, 8.45pm 
State Theatre Centre of WA


KYLE KINANE (USA)
The Spring Break Tour

Kyle returns to Australia with his new show – The Spring Break Tour. One of the best and most prolific stand-ups of the past decade, as featured in Bob’s Burgers, Drunk History and Judd Apatow’s Netflix series Love, Kyle is curious, visceral and charming, weaving intricately crafted jokes into his laidback tales. He invented science. He has ESP.

He’s intelligent and cutting without a hint of ego, but he did let someone else write most of this bio. He can swim backwards.

‘Dark and delightful' ★★★★½ The Age

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Monday 13 – Sunday 19 April (check show page for times)
Max Watt's

PERTH  | Perth Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 April, 8.30pm 
Comedy Lounge

SYDNEY | Sydney Comedy Festival
Friday 24 April, 7pm 
The Comedy Store

BRISBANE
with Lloyd Langford
Saturday 25 April, 7pm
Sit Down Comedy Club

ON SALE SOON!


LARRY DEAN (SCO)
Fudnut

Scotland’s finest, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo has a brand new hour of ‘confessional storytelling at its funniest’ (Herald ★★★★★). As seen on ABC TV’s Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and Mock The Week.

'Outrageously funny... his material is terrific' ★★★★1/2 Daily Review

ADELAIDE  | Adelaide Fringe
Monday 2 – Sunday 15 March, 9.30pm 
The Garden

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 9.40pm (Sun 8.40pm) 
State Library Victoria


 

LLOYD LANGFORD (UK)
My Name Is Lloyd

Touring Australia for a second year, My Name Is Lloyd is an hour of jokes, anecdotes, observations, petty grievances, grudges and accents. Only messing, there’ll just be the one accent; Welsh. There’ll probably be jokes about snoring, opportunity shops and buttock surgery. As seen on Have You Been Paying Attention? (Channel 10).

'Sweet voiced wolf in sheep’s clothing…Lloyd Langford is a comedian to keep an eye on' ★★★★ Theatre People
 

ADELAIDE  |  Adelaide Fringe
Monday 2 – Sunday 15 March, 7pm
The Garden

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 8.15pm (Sun 7.15pm) 
State Library Victoria

BRISBANE
with Kyle Kinane

Saturday 25 April, 7pm
Sit Down Comedy Club

ON SALE SOON!

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Sunday 26 April, 7.15pm
The Comedy Store

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
Saturday 2 May, 7pm
State Theatre Centre of WA


MARK WATSON (UK)
This Can't Be It

Watson is halfway through his life, if he's lucky. That life is in the best shape it's been for a long time... but one problem remains, and it's a huge one. Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as Mark attempts to cram a year of pathological overthinking into an hour. He'll tackle the huge problem. It's worth arriving a little early.

'Witty, warm, perfectly judged' ★★★★★ The Telegraph (UK)

CANBERRA |  Canberra Comedy Festival
Thursday 19 March, 8.15pm 
The Square

BRISBANE  |  Brisbane Comedy Festival
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 March, 9.45pm (Sun 8.45pm)
Brisbane Powerhouse

GOLD COAST |  Gold Coast Laughs Festival
Saturday 21 March, 6pm
HOTA
 

MELBOURNE  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April, 7pm (Sun 6pm)
Melbourne Town Hall

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
Thursday 23 April, 8pm
State Theatre Centre of WA

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Friday 24 April, 9.15pm
Factory Theatre


MAWAAN RIZWAN (UK)
Werk

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is thrilled to present an exclusive performance from Mawaan Rizwan with his fabulous comedy stylings. Mawaan returns to Australia to support Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness on their national tour. Mawaan’s infectious energy and unique hybrid of hilarious, confessional stand-up and skilful physicality has captivated audiences globally.

 ‘Sweet, silly, saucy and stupendously funny.' ★★★★★ To Do List

MELBOURNE
Sunday 23 February
The Toff in Town

SYDNEY
Wednesday 26 February
The Comedy Store


 

RICH HALL (USA)

A masterful mash-up of acerbic stand-up and alt-country lyricism from the acclaimed Perrier Award-winning star of Live at the Apollo and QI.

‘Blissfully funny’ The Guardian (UK)

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Thursday 26 March – Sunday 19 April (check show page for venues & times)

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm
Factory Theatre

BRISBANE
Thursday 23 April, 6.30pm
The Tivoli

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
Saturday 25 April, 7pm
The Astor Theatre