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Four massive announcements!

With the 2018 Festival only weeks away - we're getting closer and closer to a city for of laughs. So to get us even more excited than we already are, we're dropping some huge announcements! Admist the plethora of shows happening in every nook and cranny of Melbourne, we are putting on some very special events - and with special events, come some very special hosts!

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala proudly supporting Oxfam is back for another year! Australia’s premier night of giggles and giving returns to the Palais Theatre in 2018, jam-packed with the finest and funniest performers from the Festival. The Gala is a colossal night on the comedy calendar featuring a star-studded line up of local and international artists - and every year we call upon one bold performer to tie the show together. Which brings us to announcement number one. Introducing your host for the 2018 Gala - is the man himself Matt Okine!

The Gala is sold out, but you can catch Matt and the full show on Sunday, 25 March at 8.30pm on ABC, ABC iview and simulcast on ABC COMEDY!

Comedy's night of nights is back with a fabulous host - Anne Edmonds! With a line-up featuring some of the finest comic talent from Australia and overseas - The Opening Night Allstars Supershow will once again bring the house down with laughter - kicking the 2018 Festival off with the biggest of all bangs. Anne has cemented herself as a Festival favourite, she's been nominated for the Barry Award and now she steps up to take on the role as host for one of our biggest events - and we're know she's going to do it in true 'Eddo' style. 

The Opening Night has sold out – but you can catch Anne and the whole show on Sunday, 1 April 2018 at 8.30pm on ABC, ABC iview and simulcast on ABC COMEDY!

The 29th Annual Great Debate is here – bigger, bolder and braver than ever! The sharpest tools in the comedy shed will once again take to the stage for the ultimate competition of minds and mirth. Six competitive comedians will battle it out using laughs, logic and all manner of wily words to prove their team supreme. It's with great pleasure that we announce the moderator for 2018 is the legend herself, Magda Szubanski! She is trusted with the task of keeping order in our court as wily words and powerful punchlines are thrown about! We are so pleased to have her join us at this year's Festival.

Tickets to the Great Debate can be found here!

This year we're doing Comedy Up Late a little bit differently in 2018! Returning Festival for five special shows recorded for ABC Comedy - we are bringing you killer Festival Club vibes at a definitely doable hour. We are pleased to announce the host for all episodes is the expert improviser and hilarious wordsmith Susie Youssef! She will lead the line-up of some of the hottest talent from right across the Festival. So if you're keen for a real Festival taste tester - with your chance to get your face on the tele - go no further than Comedy Up Late!

Tickets to the Comedy Up Late can be found here!

Full line-up announcements are yet to come! So sit tight, keep an eye out, and get ready to giggle!