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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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Light the way home

Getting home safely can be challenging for many performers who work late at night and often don’t earn enough money to cover the cost of transport.

Light The Way Home is designed to provide female, non-binary and other vulnerable performers with a safe way home from comedy venues in or around the Melbourne CBD. At-risk performers can register to join a Melbourne International Comedy Festival administered Uber account and access a free ride home when they need it.

Light The Way Home was launched during the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has been a valuable resource for performers in each Festival since.

A limited Year-Round version of the program is currently active for Melbourne-based vulnerable comedians. Performers can email for more information on how to register.

The Light The Way Home Initiative is paid for by donations, collected through the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. All donations will support delivery of the program in 2024 and beyond. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. You can donate to the initiative below.

If you have any queries or would prefer to donate via EFT please email

We thank you for your valuable support!