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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

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Touring in 2019

FOLLOW THE FUNNY – INTERSTATE TOURS AND EVENTS
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is presenting some of the biggest international names at festivals and events around Australia. Check out who’s on tour with us below, and follow the funny around the country!

JAMES ACASTER | PAUL FOOT | DAVID O'DOHERTYFERN BRADY | PHIL WANG |
MARK WATSON | KANAN GILL

PAUL FOOT (UK)
Image Conscious

Prepare yourself for a brand new show from critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Paul Foot. Returning with his 10th solo show, Foot continues to mix surreal humour with eccentric disturbances. In his own words: 'Greetings! It's my brand-new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. It's an absolute nightmare!'

17 years after trying stand-up comedy in a little bar Paul Foot became an overnight success. And now he’s here – absurd and well dressed – for your viewing pleasure.

 

Melbourne |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The Famous Spiegeltent
Thu 28 Mar - Sun 21 Apr 2019, 7.00pm (6.00pm Sunday)

Wollongong | Spiegeltent Wollongong
Merrigong Arts Centre
Tuesday 30 April 2019

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Giant Dwarf
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 April 2019, 7.00pm (6.00pm Sunday)

AUCKLAND | New Zealand Comedy Festival
Herald Theatre, Auckland
Fri 3 & Sat 4 May 2019

WELLINGTON
Te Auha, Wellington
Monday 6 May 2019

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
State Theatre Centre of WA
Friday 10 May 2019, 8.45pm 

 

 

DAVID O'DOHERTY (IRL)
ULTRASOUND

The hairy Enya is delighted to return to Australia with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on the plastic keyboard he got for his Confirmation. Once again, he will try to fix everything. SPOILER ALERT: once again he will fail.

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The Forum
Thu 28 Mar - Sun 21 Apr 2019, 7.15pm (Sundays 6.15pm) 

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
Regal Theatre
Wednesday 24 April 2019, 9.00pm 

BRISBANE  
The Tivoli
Saturday 27 April 2019, 7.00pm

SYDNEY | Sydney Comedy Festival
Enmore Theatre
Sunday 28 April 2019, 7.00pm

 

FERN BRADY (UK)
Power and Chaos

After a hit 2018 Melbourne season, Scot Fern Brady will bring her dry wit and caustic charm back to Australia with her show 'Power and Chaos'. Fern has built her name on incisive commentary and close-to-the-bone comedy. She is bold, brash and sometimes brutal, using her unique world-view to dissect politics and relationships with passionate honesty. 

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
ACMI
Thu 28 Mar - Sun 21 Apr 2019, 8.15 (Sundays 7.15pm) 

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Wine Bar, Enmore Theatre
Fri 26 - Sun 28 April 2019, 8.15pm (Sunday 7.15pm)

 

PHIL WANG (UK)

Phil Wang is a British-Malaysian stand-up comedian making his Gold Coast debut with a show about morality and what the hell it means to be good. It’s absolute gold. He has been seen on ABC Comedy as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, The Great Debate and has his own Netflix special on The Comedy Lineup.

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
ACMI
Thu 28 Mar - Wed 10 Apr, 7.15pm (Sundays 6.15pm) 
Thu 11 Apr - Sun 21 Apr, 7.00pm (Sundays 6.00pm)

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Wine Bar, Enmore Theatre
Fri 26 - Sun 28 April 2019, 9.30pm (Sunday 8.30pm)
EXTRA SHOW ADDED! Sat 27 Apr, 5.30pm

JAMES ACASTER (UK)

One time, James bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn’t very nice so he put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later on he ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because he was drunk and it was absolutely delicious.

Come and catch the masterful James Acaster in this critically-acclaimed hour, where he reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life.

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
ACMI
Tue 9  - Sun 21 Apr, 8.20pm (Sundays 7.20pm) 

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
Astor Theatre
Tuesday 23 April 2019, 7.30pm 

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival

Giant Dwarf
Wednesday 24 April 2019, 7.30pm

Factory Theatre
Friday 26 April 2019, 7.30pm & Saturday 27 April, 5.30pm 

BRISBANE
Powerhouse Theatre
Sunday 28 April 2019, 7.30pm

MARK WATSON (UK)
The Infinite Show

Mark Watson – sporting a cupboard full of UK awards, a famously high joke-rate and a lightning-fast metabolism – returns to his adopted home with the show that stormed the Edinburgh Fringe.

Over his illustrious career Mark has won the Edinburgh Comedy  Award Panel Prize and the Time Out Critics' Choice Award, alongside appearances on the likes of Mock The WeekHave I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You?. He is also an established writer with eight novels published to date. No stranger to Australia, Mark has appeared at the Festival multiple times to consistently full houses and rave reviews. He is witty and warm, delivering superb stories with trademark twitchy charm. 

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne Town Hall
Thu 28 Mar - Sun 21 Apr, 7.00pm (Sundays 6.00pm) 

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Factory Theatre
Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 April, 9.00pm 

KANAN GILL (INDIA)
Teetar

Indian stand-up and YouTube superstar Kanan Gill brings his solo show ‘Teetar’ to Australia for the very first time! In this personal, observational and deeply stupid follow up to his hit 2017 hour, Kanan juggles ideas from Julius Caesar’s death to bands and building societies. You’ll also learn what ‘Teetar’ means. Three shows only, don’t miss it!

‘Hilariously relatable’ Gulf News

MELBOURNE  |  Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tue 19 - Thu 21 Apr,  7.00pm (Sunday 6.00pm)

PERTH  |  Perth Comedy Festival
Presented by Frontier Comedy 
Comedy Lounge
Wednesday 24 April, 7.15pm

SYDNEY  |  Sydney Comedy Festival
Presented by Frontier Comedy
Factory Theatre
Friday 26 April, 9.15pm

BRISBANE
Presented by Frontier Comedy
Sit Down Comedy Club
Saturday 27 April, 7.00pm