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  • Melbourne Comedy Festival is back in 2024 with a new look by Brolga

    Thursday 26 October 2023 We’re leaping towards the end of the year, with artist registrations to participate in the 2024 Festival now open, and a new look – featuring artwork by Australian artist and illustrator... Continue Reading

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  • Vale Cal Wilson

    The Melbourne International Comedy Festival team are shattered by the passing of dear friend and colleague Cal Wilson. Cal has always been a beacon of joy and smiles in and around the Festival – a dedicated Board member and mentor... Continue Reading

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  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Voice to Parliament statement

    On 14 October 2023, we take an historic step with the Referendum proposing that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ Voice to Parliament be enshrined in our Constitution. The Voice would be an advisory committee... Continue Reading

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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... Continue Reading

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  • Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2023

      The Nominees have been announced for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, an eagerly anticipated event in the world of comedy. This prestigious award, formerly known as the Perrier Comedy Award, recognises outstanding comedic... Continue Reading

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  • 2023 RAW Comedy National Grand Final on SBS Viceland

    Tuesday 11 July, 2023 Catch all the hilarious action from the 2023 RAW Comedy National Grand Final, as finalists from across the country bring their a-game to the ‘comedy playoffs’ in search of Australia's best... Continue Reading

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  • NAIDOC Week 2023

    It’s NAIDOC week - and this year the theme calls for us to honour the knowledge holders, the trailblazers, the advocates, the teachers and the leaders. ‘For Our Elders’ is all about giving them the recognition that... Continue Reading

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  • Light The Way Home Fundraiser

    Mid-way through the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we joined forces with cult Melbourne Comedy Room Hairbrush Comedy for one night only to present a stellar line-up of women, non-binary and queer comics, to raise... Continue Reading

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  • 2023 King's Birthday Honours

    Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2023 King's Birthday Honours!  In particular, we celebrate the recognition of a number of Australia’s favourite comedians! Their creativity, wit, and humour have brought joy... Continue Reading

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  • Congrats to the 40th Annual Green Room Awards recipients

    A massive congratulations to Geraldine Quinn & Cameron Thomas, Samantha Andrew & Mel O'Brien and Game Boys Comedy, who were announced as winners in their categories at the Green Room Awards –... Continue Reading

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