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Melbourne Fringe 2023

The 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival is set to be an extraordinary celebration of artistic expression and cultural diversity, and its comedy line-up is undeniably one of the standout features. With a thrilling assortment of the country's best comedians, Fringe will delight audiences with an array of humour that spans from the witty and irreverent to the thought-provoking and introspective.

From established names to rising stars, the comedy offerings at this year's Melbourne Fringe are a reflection of the unique and talented comedians in Melbourne's ever-growing comedy scene. Seasoned comedians such as Sammy J, Scout BoxallTom Ballard, Karen from Finance, Joshua LadgroveNicolette Minster and Hot Department join rising talent Delhi Buoy, Han Arbuthnott and Dougie Baldwin, and familiar Festival faces Impromptunes, Alex Hines, Nat Harris and Soothplayers to make up the varied cross-section of comedy genres.

Plus, 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award winners make a splash with new and returning shows including, Aiden Wilcox (Best Newcomer Winner) with his 55 minute absurd musical comedy STUD and Takashi Wakasugi (Japan) (Directors' Choice Award Winner) returning with his ever-popular delight Japanese Worry. They are joined by returned seasons from 2023 Gibbo Award nominees Con Coutis in Con vs Con vs ConAndy Balloch in Am I the Drama? and Liam Sparrow-Gange in The Magical Tram of Thought! Rout 002 – which returns with new gags, new tram stops, and new existential crises!

This year's Melbourne Fringe promises an unforgettable comedic journey that can take you to unexpected places or just fill you with the laughter you need. So prepare to be thoroughly entertained as Melbourne shines bright with laughter and creativity during this amazing one-of-a-kind festival.