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Funny Tonne

Since 2005, Melbourne International Comedy Festival has challenged die-hard comedy fanatics to go head-to-head in a race to see the most Festival shows and take out the Funny Tonne title. Past Funny Tonners have gone on to careers writing about comedy… who will make their mark in 2019?

This year, our group of lucky contestants will not only be asked to see as many shows as possible and write along the way, but deliver engaging and enthusiastic daily reviews about the shows they’ve seen. Last year our Funny Tonne reviews hit 68,000 page views on our website, and this year we’re upping the ante! Our 2019 Funny Tonne winner will be crowned based on the detail and depth of their reviews as well as the number of shows seen. Official Melbourne International Comedy Festival venue and proud supporter of the Funny Tonne, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, is also offering the winner a $500 Chadstone Gift Card (terms and conditions available here).
Will they topple our all-time record holder, 2015’s Sarah Trevarthen (178 shows over the Festival, 59-60 shows a week) or 2018’s Alistair Bryant (161 shows or 53 per week)? With a special Comedy Passport in hand, our successful applicants will defy all sensible logic in this, the Amazing Race of Australian Comedy. It’s not quite the race that stops the nation, but this chase for chuckles is one mighty amusing challenge!

To apply for the Funny Tonne 2019, fill out this application form and go to a RAW Comedy Heat or Preliminary Final before the application closing date. Applications close Friday 15 March. Good luck!

  Proud supporters of Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Funny Tonne