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.

Registrations for the 2024 competition are now open!

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!

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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