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Information for Performers

The 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will take place from 30 March to 24 April.

We’re all looking forward with great optimism to 2022.

COVIDSafe logistics will continue to play a big part next year and we are working with relevant government departments to identify what restrictions may be in place and what capacities, indoor and out, we will need to work with.

Because it’s been another tough year, we plan to retain the registration flexibility we introduced for 2021.

To give participants as much time as possible to consider options, registrations for the 2022 Festival will open Thursday, 28 October and remain open for late entries through February 2022.

There will be a cut-off date for people wanting their shows to appear in the printed program (TBC) and as we get closer to festival time, and much busier, it will take more time to build new shows and get them up on the website.

Updates on registration key dates and related information will be rolled out over the next month.

To receive updates and all the latest information on Festival timelines, subscribe to receive Festival participant newsletters.

Artists' Resources
For information on the registration process, producing, ticketing and marketing a show in Melbourne International Comedy Festival, please review the resources below:

Participation in the Festival
Marketing & Publicity

A list of venues open for Festival shows will be available when registrations open.

Contact us
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This page was last updated on 11 October 2021.

Overseas Artist Expressions of Interest
Overseas artists are welcome to make enquiries about participating in the Festival or to submit an expression of interest at any time by emailing

For performers - Festival Managed Venue (FMV) Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest for performing in a Festival Managed Venue (FMV) in 2022 are now open. For more information on the EOI process click here or visit our online form to apply. Expressions of Interest may be submitted at any time, and we recommend getting your application in by no later than Friday 5 November.

For venues - Venue Expressions of Interest
The Festival maintains a database of all venues interested in hosting Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. This database is accessible to producers interested in registering a show in the Festival. To express interest in being a Festival venue please complete the Venue Expression of Interest form here and we will add you to our database.

Not quite ready for a Festival show?

If you're interested in trying stand-up, but not quite ready to perform a full show, then head over to our development programs' websites to find out more info about how to find your feet. The Festival's Deadly FunnyRAW Comedy and Class Clowns competitions might be for you!

Registrations for the RAW ComedyClass Clowns and Deadly Funny competitions will open shortly - make sure you like us on Facebook (RAW ComedyClass Clowns and Deadly Funny) for announcements.