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Meet our 2021  Zoners

Meet our 2021 Zoners

Each year we scour the country to discover the next wave of big names in Aussie comedy. Expect wall-to-wall jokes from the next generation of comedy superstars. Featuring Andrew Lee (QLD), Floyd Alexander-Hunt (NSW), Andrew Portelli (VIC), Tor Snyder (WA) & Elliott Stewart (NSW).

Feb 11, 2021

Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions

Melbourne Museum, IMAX, Melbourne Music Week and Melbourne International Comedy Festival have teamed up to present Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions.

Dec 21, 2020

Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions

Comedy is back at The Espy!

Live comedy is back! And it's coming to The Espy...

Nov 25, 2020

Comedy is back at The Espy!

Plot Twist

Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Audible have teamed up to bring you Plot Twist. Hosted by Nikki Britton, one of Australia’s most talented comedians, Plot Twist features six short stories created by thirty of the best comedians from around the world.

Nov 17, 2020

Plot Twist

2021 Festival dates

Save the date! The 2021 Festival will take place from 24 March to 18 April 2021.

2021 Festival dates

The Comedy Files - Issue #3

In Issue three of The Comedy Files we chat to Perth-born, Melbourne-based stand-up comedian Anna Piper Scott, dive into the video archives with Anthony Morgan at 1995’s The Great Debate, look back over some of our favourite Deadly Funny moments over the years, time travel back 20 years with ex-Comedy Festival Producer Emma Calverley’s favourite Festival memory and hit you comedy nerds with another round of our Comedy Quiz!

Nov 25, 2020

The Comedy Files - Issue #3

RAW Comedy participant update

The postponed 2020 RAW Comedy National Grand Final will take place at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival next March/April, with the 2021 RAW Comedy competition to take place in July and August.

Nov 4, 2020

RAW Comedy participant update

The Standup Sessions

Join host Nazeem Hussain for The Standup Sessions, a brand new series featuring socially distanced comedy and chat with some of Melbourne’s favourite comedians. Premiering on Tuesday 25 August at together.vic.gov.au.

Aug 20, 2020

The Standup Sessions

Are You Gameshow?

FULL SERIES OUT NOW! Hosted by the witty and wonderful Claire Hooper, tune in to find out which chocolate loving comedian will be crowned the champion. Featuring Joel Creasey, Denise Scott, Nick Cody, Susie Youssef, Nath Valvo and Nazeem Hussain.

Jun 11, 2020

Are You Gameshow?

Re-scheduled shows

Shows with re-schedules dates for later in 2020

Re-scheduled shows

Melbourne Comedy Festival: Comedy Care Package

Watch it now on ABC iview

Apr 12, 2020

Melbourne Comedy Festival: Comedy Care Package

Melbourne Gin Company Sunday Sessions

Four delicious cocktails - thanks to Ali McGregor, Harley Breen, Granny Bingo & Anna Piper Scott!

Jun 14, 2020

Melbourne Gin Company Sunday Sessions