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  • VAX THE NATION

    Launched today, Monday 6 September 2021, #VAXTHENATION is a joint effort by more than 400 of Australia’s biggest artists and performers along with leading tour promoters, festivals, venues, ticketing agencies, record labels,... Continue Reading

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  • The Comedy Files Issue #6

    Issue #6 of The Comedy Files is out now! In this issue we chat to Natalie Harris and Hannah Camilleri, dive into the video archives with Lenny Henry, hear from Rosehaven star Luke McGregor on the Festival... Continue Reading

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  • The Comedy Files Issue #5

    Issue #5 of The Comedy Files is out now! In this issue we chat to Chris Ryan, dive into the video archives with Bea Arthur, hear from international star Ronny Chieng on the Festival show that blew his mind and... Continue Reading

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  • Audible Presents: Live from 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Audible have teamed up to bring podcast listeners around the world a series of stand up shows hosted by Claire Hooper and featuring the best breakthrough performers from the 2021... Continue Reading

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  • NAIDOC Week 2021: How does Comedy Facilitate Healing?

    The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.... Continue Reading

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  • 2021 Greenroom Award Winners Announced

    After a tough year for the arts, we've seen adaptability and creativity thrive in order to keep live performance alive. In 2021 the Green Room Awards return with an array of accolades that have rewarded performers who... Continue Reading

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  • Comedy at The Espy is back!

    Presented by Hotel Esplanade and Melbourne International Comedy Festival After a sell-out Summer Series, Comedy at The Espy is back to keep you warm through the colder months. On the second Sunday of each month some of your... Continue Reading

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  • Our Online Program is back!

    Warm up on these frosty nights with Winter Binge, an encore season of the highlights from the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Online Program!  In case you missed it in April, some of the best bits of our... Continue Reading

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  • NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK 2021

    Thursday 27 May National Reconciliation Week kicks off today. It’s a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving... Continue Reading

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  • RAW Comedy winter 2021 registrations open

    RAW Comedy, the country’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition, is back. Again! RAW Comedy 2021 edition is open now and looking for hundreds of fresh funny folk from across Australia sign up for their... Continue Reading

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