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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.

Registrations are now open – click here to register your show!

To give participants as much time as possible to consider options, registrations will remain open for late entries through February 2022.

Registration must be completed by Monday 31 January for show details to appear in the official printed Festival program. We encourage all who can to register by 15 December 2021 to ensure timely on-sales via the Festival website.

Artists' Resources
These documents are currently being updated and will be available soon. For 2021 Artists Resources see links below:

Participation in the Festival
Marketing & Publicity

A list of venues interested in accommodating Festival shows is available through the potential venues form here or the Venues tab on our on our registration site. Venues are being added regularly, so if you can’t see your venue yet, let us know by emailing or suggest your Venue fill in this form here.

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Sign up here to receive our participant newsletters and updates or email if you have any specific questions.

This page was last updated on 28 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.