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.



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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.

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. Check out the 2020 schedule for Roadshow here.

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. For more info on Deadly Funny click here!

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival's development program for young people around the country. From comedy workshops in schools to a national comedy competition, Class Clowns engages and inspires young funny peeps to hone their potential. Alumni includes Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen, William McKenna and Tom Ballard. Visit for more info comedy workshops and the competition!

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 the 2020 LOL Squad videos here and read more about LOL Squad here.