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Melbourne International Comedy Festival is committed to making a number of its shows accessible to patrons.

Many of the venues hosting Comedy Festival shows will be accessible for persons with mobility issues and we'll also have a number of shows and events interpreted by Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreters.

We are continuing to refine the added features to our website to allow patrons to search by accessible venues in the drop down menu at the top of the homepage, and included a list of Auslan interpreted shows below. 


Auslan Interpreted Shows 2020
Please note that the full 2020 Festival Program will be available from Tuesday 11 February - check back after this time for the full list of Auslan Interpreted shows.

Performer Show Name Category Interpreter Dates Interpreter 
  Mormon Girl Theatre Fri 27 Mar, 8.15pm TBC
  Charlie and the War Against the Grannies Kids Comedy Wed 1 Apr, 12pm TBC
Adam Hills Shoes Half Full Stand-up Sun 12 & Sun 19 Apr 7.15pm Susan Emerson
Annie Louey Annie Louey's Big Break Stand-up Sat 18 April, 8.30pm TBC
  The Breast of the Fest Stand-up Fri 17 April, 7.30pm TBC
Cal Wilson Open Book Stand-up Wed 8 April, 7pm Susan Emerson
Alice Tovey Doggo Cabaret Thur 9 Apr, 7pm  TBC
Diana Nguyen and Friends Deadly and Diverse Comedy Stand-up Sun 5 Apr, 4.15pm Susan Emerson
Diana Nguyen Chasing Keanu Reeves Stand-Up Thu 9 Apr, 8.15pm Susan Emerson
Tommy Little I'll See Myself Out Stand-up Wed 8 Apr, 9.30pm Kirri Dangerfield
Tom Ballard Grandiloquent Stand-up Wed 15 Apr, 8.20pm Kirri Dangerfield
Wil Anderson Whatchu Talkin' About Wil? Stand-up Wed 15 Apr, 6.50pm Marc Ethan
Wil Anderson Wilegal Stand-up Wed 1 Apr, 6.50pm Marc Ethan


Other Accessible Shows

We also feature some shows that may be suitable for a deaf or hard of hearing audience.

Check back after the full program is available on Tuesday 11 February for a list of shows, though not Auslan interpreted, that are suitable for a deaf or hard of hearing audience and people who speak a language other than English. These shows are primarily physical or visual, with little to no spoken dialogue. 


Relaxed performances
Relaxed Performances welcome audiences who may require a more relaxed sensory experience and casual environment. Audiences can expect a reduction in the intensity of light and sound, access to a de-stress break area, the house lights staying up, and a relaxed attitude to noise and movement from the audience during the show.

Performer Show Name Category Relaxed Performance Dates Relaxed Performance Guide
  Charlie and the War Against the Grannies Kids Comedy Sat 4 April, 12pm Arts Centre Melbourne relaxed performance info