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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

Over 100 venues around the city will be filled with Australia's — and the world's — best comedians for three and a half weeks.
By Libby Curran
March 26, 2019
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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

Over 100 venues around the city will be filled with Australia's — and the world's — best comedians for three and a half weeks.
By Libby Curran
March 26, 2019
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Get set for chuckles galore, as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival returns to kick off its 33rd edition. From March 27 until April 21, a cast of side-splitting comedic talent will take over theatres, bars and clubs for the annual citywide festival.

This year's program delivers an impressive mix of local and international names, with the likes of big names Michelle Wolf (USA), the Stephen K Amos (UK) and David O'Doherty (Ireland) joining homegrown heroes including Hannah Gadsby, Judith Lucy, Ronny Chieng, Urzila Carlson and Tommy Little. Over 100 venues across the city will host a smorgasbord of stand-up, improv, musical numbers, mime and more.

As always, you'll have the chance to catch the latest solo shows from acclaimed acts like Becky Lucas, Joel Creasey, Demi Lardner, Charlie Pickering, Rhys Nicholson and Nazeem Hussain.

The festival's Comedy Zone Asia and Indian All-Star Comedy Showcase will shine a spotlight on some of the hottest emerging comedians from across Asia, while yet more comedic gold will be served up at special events like the annual Gala, which raises much-needed funds for Oxfam. Throw in the return of famed open mic competition RAW Comedy, the youth-focused Class Clowns program, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander showcase Deadly Funny, and you're set for a serious boost of dopamine over the next few weeks.

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