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Funny Tonne

Since 2005, the Funny Tonne has dared three die-hard fanatics of funny to go head-to-head in a race to see the most Comedy Festival shows and win the Funny Tonne title. In 2015, Sarah Trevarthen smashed the record with 178 shows (or 59-60 shows a week)!

In 2018 we're changing things up and inviting 6 Funny Tonners to do a week each. There'll be 2 people per week going head to head to see as many shows as possible within that week. This will be Friday to Friday each week and for shows from 5pm.

With a special Comedy Passport in hand, successful applicants will defy all sensible logic in this Amazing Race of Australian comedy to see as many shows as possible during the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and write reviews of each show every day.

It’s not quite the race that stops the nation, but this chase for chuckles is one mighty amusing challenge.

To enter please fill in the online application form here, attend a RAW Comedy Heat anywhere in Australia and submit 2 x 150 word reviews of a contestant.


Send your reviews to or upload via the online form here.