Nothing beats live comedy, but podcasts are connecting comics and fans across oceans like never before. Expand your comedy horizons and check out some of our fave podcasts! We've got recordings happening live at the Festival (worth putting on pants and heading out of the house for), plus lots of aural treats from local and international favourites. Check out the selection of live events and recordings below!
Hosted by Nath Valvo
Catch up with Nath and guests for comedy tales, news and chat about general goings-on throughout the Festival! Watch live on Saturdays or listen online.
Saturday 1, 8 & 15 April
3pm (50 mins)
ACMI - Lightwell, Fed Square (enter via Flinders Street)
Bookings not required - just rock up!
Laughing Matters: Comedy and Free Speech in India
Panelists: Sapan Verma, Daniel Fernandes, Neeti Palta
'This is EIC Outrage, where we talk about issues... and hope to not get assassinated'. That's how comedian Sapan Verma chose to introduce one episode of his popular East India Comedy 'Outrage' YouTube series.
India's comedy scene seems to be enjoying a space of unpoliced free expression within a conservative culture and tightening media censorship. Stand-up is where many of the sharpest Indian voices comment on social issues, finding humour in subjects as diverse as Bollywood, terrorism, Tinder, feminism, international cricket, youth suicide, and Game of Thrones. Our panelists will talk censorship, stand-up and how comedy might change the world.
Presented by The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Saturday 22 April
3pm (75 mins)
The Wheeler Centre
Bookings essential, via wheelercentre.com
Jeez Louise Address: Cal Wilson
Women in comedy. The questions are always asked. Based on anonymous answers from industry and audiences, Cal discusses whether gender makes a difference... from the perspectives of those watching, programming and performing comedy.
The address will explore honest responses around diversity in the world of comedy. What does the industry actually think? Is it what we think they're thinking?
Presented in collaboration with Nelly Thomas
Saturday 9 April
4pm (55 mins)
Melbourne Town Hall
Bookings essential, online form available soon!
Bite sized chunks of career wisdom covering touring survival, Edinburgh Fringe 101, securing an agent or manager, and audition success from the likes of: Nathan Lloyd (Mullinars Casting), Steve Lock (Soho Theatre, London), Karen Koren (Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Steve Bennett (Chortle UK), Tessa Waters (WOMANz), and Alex Edelman (USA Stand-up). Listen here.
COMEDY PODCASTS FROM AUSTRALIA
The Em Rusciano Podcast
The Binge with Rosie Waterland
Bath Time with Paul Culliver
Gather Round Me with Ben Pobjie
Is This The Podcast? Murphy McLachlan
Josh and Riley
Sean Bedlam and David Tulk
Situation Comedy Podcast
Spokey Blokes with Rodney Todd
The Sexy Detectives
Versus on FBi with Eddie Sharp
Whatcha with Dean Arcuri
You Know What Dude Podcast
ElbowSkin, Harley & a Guest
Free To A Good Home with Michael Hing
Like I'm a Six Year Old with Tom Ballard
Lovely Tea Party with Lisa Skye
Power to the People with Damien Power
Talking Poofy with Scott, Adam, Toby and Wes
Tea With Alice - Alice Fraser
The Daniel Townes Podcast
Wilosophy with Wil Anderson
The Minutes with Mel and Patience
The Shelf with Justin Hamilton, Adam Richard and more
TOFOP with Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen
Josh Thomas and Friend by Josh Thomas and Tom Ward
Can You Take This Photo Please? with Justin Hamilton
The Little Dum Dum Club with Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler
Something for the Drive Home with Bart Freebairn and Nick Cody
I Love Green Guide Letters with Steele Saunders
The Sweetest Plum with Declan Fay and Nick Maxwell
The Ron Effect with Ronny Chieng
Two in the Think Tank with Andy Matthews and Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall.
We Are Not Doctors with Demi Lardner and Bart Freebairn (to make a consultation)
Burn Your Passport with Nazeem Hussain
Laughing Dead with Sami Shah
AND CHECK OUT THESE INTERNATIONAL FAVES
The Guilty Feminist with Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White
I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast with Jen Kirkman
Comedians Tellling Stuff with Sofie Hagen
The Smartest Man in the World with Greg Proops
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
WTF with Marc Maron
The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver
The Nerdist by Chris Hardwick
Professor Blastoff with Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger
Cheap Tuesday with Joseph Moore.
Doc Brown's Unlearn
The Infinite Monkey Cage – BBC Radio 4
Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
Walking the Room by Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt
Amnesty International's Secret Comedy Podcast
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast - Stuart Goldsmith
Justin Moorhouse's About 30 Minutes No More Than 45
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown
100 Story Building with Trygve Wakenshaw
Doug Loves Movies Doug Benson
The Dead Authors Podcast
The SeanPod with Sean Cullen
The Bone Zone with Brendon Walsh and Randy Liedtke
Eddie Pepitone Pep Talks
Worst Idea Of All Time Podcast
Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast with Scott Aukerman