This is about the time of year we start to really miss the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF). Remember those nights you'd hop from show to show? The plump dumplings you'd wolf down in-between? There was that guy who serenaded you with a ukelele outside Town Hall, he pleaded for you to come to his show... What does he even do with the rest of his year?
Well, he may feature at Trades Hall this weekend. There's always a bubbling undercurrent of comedic talent in our fair city, and it doesn't always take a full-blown festival to figure it out. From October 5-11, Princess Pictures and SBS2 are putting together a showcase of young Australian comics at Trades Hall. With 30 comedians performing over just five days, there will be a diverse selection of talent on show including Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman from Fear of a Brown Planet, Dan Ilic from Hungry Beast and Can of Worms, and exciting newcomers such as Khaled Khalafalla and Demi Lardner.
It may not be a full month like MICF, but it could be just the thing to tide you over, and with every night costing just $15, you'll have leftover money for dumplings too.
Check out the full lineup here.