Melbourne International Comedy Festival acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' spirit, imagination and rich history of storytelling and humour that is an inspiration to all Australians.

We accept the invitation to walk together with First Nations people towards a more positive future for Australia, as described in the Uluru Statement From The Heart.

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More Than A Festival

We're more than a once-a-year Festival! 
Check out our year-round development programs, tours and other events.

RAW Comedy is Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition. For over 20 years RAW Comedy has brought the nation’s best new performers to light, with past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor and Anne Edmonds. More info over at

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, Deadly Funny is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition unearthing the freshest and funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent from across the country. A truly one-of-a-kind program, Deadly Funny graduates include Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders and Steph Tisdell. Visit for more information.

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival's development program for young people around the country. Comprising a national comedy competition and workshop program for schools, Class Clowns engages and inspires young funny peeps to hone their potential. Alumni includes Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen, William McKenna and Annie Louey. Visit for more information.

We also offer one-off tailored comedy workshops that can be delivered in person or online by a professional comedian, at any time during the school year. Visit for more information.

LOL Squad is a development program for teenage comedians from the Class Clowns program, presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne. Together with a range of professional mentors, LOL Squad write, act, film and edit original sketches and perform a live show during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Watch LOL Squad videos and read more about LOL Squad here.

For over 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been touring around Australia, bringing all the fun of the Festival to cities and towns nationwide. Beginning at the close of the Festival, the Roadshow visits over 80 destinations before heading to Asia, visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and India. Read more about Roadshow here.

Presented by Hotel Esplanade and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we're delighted to fill the iconic Gershwin Room with jam-packed comedy showcases, starring some of your favourite big-name comedians alongside Melbourne’s most exciting up-and-comers. Shows are presented across July - February annually. Read more about Comedy at The Espy here.