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The most genuinely democratic moment in our city's cultural calendar, MICF pleases both bogans watching Dave Hughes and hipsters hanging out at the Festival Club waiting to catch the latest show you totally haven't even heard about yet.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of those truly democratic moments in our city’s cultural calendar. While the Melbourne Festival always seems a little high-end, and Melbourne Music Week is just a bit too hip, MICF is a place for all — from bogans watching Dave Hughes to hipsters hanging out at the Festival Club waiting to catch the latest show you totally haven’t even heard about yet.

This year’s lineup is a strange one. Big international names have been replaced by a cast of familiar regulars and there’s a much larger focus on local talent. This is a welcome move for an industry that doesn’t get much love over the rest of the year, but a devastating blow for those of us who are still waiting for the likes of Louis CK to come down under. Regardless, check out our picks of the litter — from the most innovative internationals to the stuff that downright defies classification.

See the MICF website for a full program and keep an eye on Concrete Playground for more coverage in the coming weeks.

Published on March 24 , 2014 by

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