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The Comedy Festival is back in 2022 and looking a little different with brand new artwork by David Booth

28 October 2021


The 35th Melbourne International Comedy Festival will deliver laughs from 30 March to 24 April 2022.

Registrations to be part of the Festival are now open. To give participants as much time as possible to consider options in this forever changing environment, registrations will remain open for late entries until March 2022.

When Festival banners take over the streets of Melbourne – flapping in the late summer breeze next year, they’ll feature the artwork of Melbourne-based David Booth.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival works with established and emerging Australian artists to provide illustrations for all events. Artist David Booth has created a joyful smiling icon that will be seen across the program for the 2022 and 2023 Festivals.

Susan Provan, Festival Director, said of the new artwork, ‘David’s confident and robustly happy character embodies the spirit of the Festival and shines a spotlight on the community of artists who bring our program to life every year.’

David, who also works under the pseudonym Ghostpatrol, is a Hobart-born, Melbourne-based artist whose practice shifts between studio works, site specific installations, commissioned murals and commercial design. His work has been exhibited at and acquired by several leading institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Parliament House Art Collection.

The Festival acknowledges and sends thanks to the wonderful Victorian artist, writer, cartoonist and illustrator extraordinaire Judy Horacek for the happy image that flew above the Festival from 2019.

And if you can’t wait five months for the Festival, Comedy at The Espy Summer Series begins on Sunday 28 November. Presented by Hotel Esplanade and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the iconic Gershwin Room will burst back to life with a veritable who's who of comedy as they get back up on stage where they belong.

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