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Comedy is back at The Espy!

Comedy is back at The Espy!

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

Nov 20, 2020

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

Melbourne Fringe opens today!

The Melbourne Fringe Festival kicks off today and includes a line up to get you laughing!

Nov 12, 2020

Melbourne Fringe opens today!

2021 Festival dates

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

2021 Festival dates

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

Ten Australian Amazon Original stand-up specials

This autumn, Amazon Prime Video are rolling out stand-up specials from ten award-winning and nominated comedians!

Apr 10, 2020

Ten Australian Amazon Original stand-up specials

26 days of comedy content...

To celebrate the Festival we love we will be sharing a clip each day from Festivals gone by... check them out here.

Mar 25, 2020

26 days of comedy content...