Class Clowns is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national development program for young people.

Class Clowns introduces teens aged 14-18 to comedy through creative workshops with professional comedians, using artistic activities to hone comedic talent and build self-esteem, confidence and resilience.  

Past participants like Rhys Nicholson, Annie Louey, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on have a career in show biz, and we’re always on the look-out for the next generation of funny people.

It’s FREE to enter, and all students need is a 3-5 minute original act in any style of comedy.

Heats start with a 2-hour workshop, where students rehearse and refine their act with the help of a professional comedian, followed by an opportunity to perform for a live audience. 

Selected comedians go on to compete in state finals, with the winners invited to participate in the National Grand Final for a chance to win a cash prize of $1500, and a workshop package for their school! The competition is over for this year, but registrations will open late 2024 for Class Clowns 2025. Schools can book Crash Course comedy workshops at any time of the year. 

Not quite ready for the competition? Class Clowns also offers one-off Crash Course comedy workshops for your school.

Contact us for further info

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
(03) 9245 3700

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