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2020 wasn’t that funny… let’s be honest.

Sure there were some good times. Uptown Pokies adding more real cash pokies to their roster and dishing out bonus offers were two big positives. On the whole though, it really wasn’t the most laughable year was it?

Well that’s guaranteed to change this year with the return of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Slated to return after a one-year hiatus, this laugh party is stacked full of both local and overseas talent.

If you believe you could do with a good chuckle or you just want something to do in Melbourne, put the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on your list of things to experience in 2021. We can’t promise it will be the funniest thing you’ve ever watched… but we can’t promise it won’t be either.

When is it?

This year the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be held over three weeks.

The exact dates for the entire festival are 24th March – 18th April. This means you can look forward to three weeks of homegrown humour and laugh out loud moments from some of the world’s finest comics.

Who will be appearing?

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival often features a number of prominent stand-up comics from both within Australia and from the international comedy scene.

This year, however, there will be a greater emphasis on local acts, many of which are yet to be confirmed. One of the biggest advantages of putting Australian talent front and centre is that there will be more opportunity for up-and-coming Oz comedians to showcase their skills.

Which events will be taking place?

As you may already know, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is made up of a number of fixed address and touring events for punters to check out. Some of the events that’ve already been confirmed for 2021 include:

  • RAW Comedy – an open mic competition
  • Class Clowns – a national secondary school comedy competition and workshop
  • Deadly Funny/Deadly Funny Kids – a comedy competition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and kids
  • Jeez Louise – a homage to women in comedy
  • The Funny Tonne – a head-to-head race between Melbourne International Comedy Festival fans to see who can watch the most events

In addition to these events there will also be a number of other popular annual events such as Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow, The Great Debate, The (Very) Big Laugh Out, The Gala and much more.

Where will it be held?

The bulk of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will take place within (you guessed it) Melbourne.

There will, however, be some events that come to the suburbs and others such as RAW Comedy which will go on the road around Australia. The Roadshow will also consist of a three-month-long tour of Oz starting in late April.

Note that All Melbourne International Comedy Festival events will be held in sparsely chaired venues filled with copious amounts of hand sanitiser and more Covid-safe measures in place than the World Health Organisation headquarters.

What if I can’t attend a show?

If border closures or travel restrictions prohibit you from attending any Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, don’t fear.

An online program will be running parallel with many of the festival’s more popular events. There will also be free to stream content available after each day of the festival that summarises that particular day’s happenings, stories and scandals (if any).

Where can I buy tickets?

Booking tickets for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is easier than winning at Uptown Pokies… which is actually incredibly easy anyway. Simply navigate to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website by clicking here.

You can then purchase a ticket to the event or show that you would like to see by clicking the ‘BUY NOW’ button on the website. It’s also possible to book a ticket to your favourite show either via phone using the number listed on the site or in person during the festival. 

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