Comedy Arts

Posted 7 May 2014 @ 9:41am

What is the meaning of life?
To cover everything in maple syrup and love yourself for who you are.
What's the worst movie you've seen this year?
Schindler's List. Worst romantic comedy ever.
What's the best advice you've gotten from another comic?
Just go out there and drop some truth bombs” - Justin Hamilton.
What's the deal with...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 9:20am

Some people know them as two of The Chaser boys, while others refer to them as “Those dickheads on ABC.” Regardless of how you label them, Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor are taking their comedic genius to the stage with One Man Show. “It’s been wonderful fun so far. I think people have been enjoying the silliness of the show," Hansen comments. "Chris and I haven’t done one quite like this...

Posted 17 Apr 2014 @ 10:00am

Wayne Brady will bring his trademark comedic wit to Melbourne this July.


The Emmy award-winning Brady is best known for his improv genius on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and has also appeared on The Dave Chappelle Show, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Dirt and Everybody Hates Chris.

Posted 17 Apr 2014 @ 9:44am

Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen of The Chaser fame will perform four Melbourne shows.



With Logies, AFI awards and an ARIA under the belt, the duo will present a live showcase of brand new sketches and songs, evoking the same anarchic spiirt of their much loved TV shows.


Posted 16 Apr 2014 @ 3:07pm



The Legend of King O’Malley is a bold, energetic and over-the-top musical and a most welcome addition to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After selling his soul to Mr. Angel (an incarnation of the Devil), Texan preacher King O’Malley ends up moving to Australia and becomes a Member of Parliament. Fighting for the rights of women and immigration, his stand...

Posted 10 Apr 2014 @ 4:29pm

New Zealand's Rhys Darby has announced he will head down to Melbourne in the midst of his huge Mr Adventure New Zealand tour.


Darby, also known as Murray from Flight of the Conchords will be heading here to play a special best of show in May. He will be joined on the night by Melbourne-based comedian Matthew Hardy. Darby is also preparing to head off to the UK in July.

Posted 6 Apr 2014 @ 1:26pm



It's easy to get overwhelmed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. So many shows, so little time. Which makes it especially wonderful when you dig a little deeper to find a performer who isn't a big name. Like Juliette Burton. Hailing from the UK, Burton's When I Grow Up is an enchanting, whimsical and engaging docu-comedy filled with colourful powerpoint...

Posted 19 Mar 2014 @ 1:53pm

One of Australia's most beloved comedies will make the transition from the small screen to the stage when Mother & Son runs at The Comedy Theatre this July.


The stage version, which will only be performed in Melbourne, centers around the difficulties that Arthur faces when he tries to get away with his new girlfriend. The play stars Noeline Brown as Maggie, Darren Gilshenan...

Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 4:11pm

Comedy’s ultimate endurance test is back in 2014. Just who will make their name as the next Mo Farah of the Melbourne Comedy Festival and take home the Funny Tonne title?


Each year, the Comedy Festival challenges three comedy crazies to push themselves to their laughter limits in a race to see the most shows in the Festival as humanly possible and win the Funny Tonne...

Posted 19 Feb 2014 @ 3:55pm

Jeff Dunham will bring the funny to Melbourne when his Disorderly Conduct show hits our shores this May.


Largely considered the most popular comedian in America, Dunham's television specials have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have soared to seven million units and his videos have received a half a billion views on YouTube. The...

Posted 13 Feb 2014 @ 1:25pm

Hooooooooooooboy. It's that time of year again. Yep, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back for 2014 with a host of biggest and brightest names on the local, national and global comedy scenes.


Some of the many highlights of the 2014 program include Paul Foot, Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne, Doc Brown, Max & Ivan, Craig Hill, David O'Doherty, Jeff Green, Jimmy...

Posted 13 Feb 2014 @ 1:07pm

International comedy treasure Julian Clary will return Down Under for the eighth time this April and will be bringing with him his new show, Position Vacant: Apply Within.


With three decades of showbusiness to his name, Clary is renowned for his outrageous, no-holds barred brand of comedy. Position Vacant showcases his willingness to push boundaries, with the night even...

Posted 31 Jan 2014 @ 4:31pm

Veteran stand up comedian Mike Epps will be heading to Australia for the first time this May.


Epps has steadily climbed his way up the stand up comedy ranks since 1995. After appearing on the US Def Comedy Jam tour and HBO’s TV’s Def Comedy Jam, Epps gained national recognition and subsequently caught the attention of Ice Cube in 2000 at the LA Comedy Store. Since that time he...

Posted 24 Jan 2014 @ 3:53pm

He was voted Heat Magazine’s “Weird Crush Of The Year 2013”, he’s gone from struggling stand-up to super star comic, his show on Comedy Channel has had global success, he’s an economics graduate. Oh Russell Howard – your nice guy charm has won us over and thank Christ you’re not an economist. With a heady trajectory that seems unstoppable, Howard is doing an extensive tour next year bringing...

Posted 24 Jan 2014 @ 1:41pm

Mary Coustas is returning as Effie for a one-hour one-woman show, A Date With Effie: Looking For Love...and Child Support this March.


The Logie award-winning comedian has kept Australia entertained for two decades, from Wogs Out Of Work, to Acropolis Now and Greeks On The Roof. Now she is returning to the public eye for the first time since her 'immaculate conception' with her...

Posted 23 Jan 2014 @ 9:34am

This Friday, Perfect Tripod play the first show of the new Melbourne Zoo Twilights season, with an amazing array of local and international acts to follow. “We did a little photo shoot (for the Twilight series)... and we got to hang out with some kangaroos and pat them and stuff, which I’ve never done before. It was quite nice,” says Simon Hall, also known as Yon, a third of the rib-tickling...

Posted 23 Jan 2014 @ 8:57am

One of the biggest comedians on the planet has locked in an Australian tour.


One of the most distinctive voices in comedy, Dave Chappelle has been working in the entertainment industry since the age of 14. Having worked as a comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, actor and artist, this tour will mark his first ever visit Down Under.


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Posted 10 Jan 2014 @ 7:36pm

Eight years ago, Celia Pacquola was nervously waiting for her turn backstage at The Evelyn in Fitzroy. She was about to perform stand-up comedy, in front of a full room, for the first time ever. She had only two weeks to prepare for Australia’s largest, preeminent open mic comp – RAW Comedy – a rite of passage for Australian comedians run by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which...

Posted 8 Jan 2014 @ 5:13pm

Before he hits Hamer Hall for three nights, Jimmy Carr will perform a warm up show at The Toff.


Over the past 10 years, Jimmy Carr has deservedly earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up Tour, a Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand-Up and a Perrier Award nomination. Having now...

Posted 13 Dec 2013 @ 1:24pm

After launching the careers of Tristan Savage, Shiralee Hood and Mia Stanford, Deadly Funny will return for its 8th year of searching for the most hilarious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the country.


The competition will kick off with a series of heats and workshops across the country, culminating in a national final and showcase during the Melbourne International...

Posted 10 Dec 2013 @ 11:33am

Alright. It’s that time of year again, when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival teases us with their first announcement of acts. So, hold your breath - drum roll please. 


The first acts announced for MICF 2014 are Paul Foot, Stephen K Amos, Jason Byrne, Doc Brown, Max & Ivan, Milton Jones, Sara Pascoe, Carl Donnell, Tom Stades and Kai Humphries. Of course, to...

Posted 28 Nov 2013 @ 4:19pm

Impro Melbourne have announced their final show for the year will be a performance of A Christmas Carol.


Tilly and Flora will take the audience on a journey into the world of ye olde Christmas. The live and unscripted show will be told through stories from visiting guests as they recline in Tilly and Flora's parlour. The show is a free performance and audience members will also...

Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 4:11pm

Legendary comedian John Cleese will bring his exceptional brand of British humour to Australia this March when he embarks on a national tour.


As one of the most influential comedians ever, Cleese is one of the founding members of Monty Python and has been responsible for some of the most iconic films and television comedies ever made.

Posted 25 Nov 2013 @ 2:38pm

American funnyman Neil Hamburger will once again be teaming up with Dr El Suavo to serve up a dose of 'anti-comedy' on an Australian tour beginning next month.


Neil Hamburger is described as the hardest working comedian in existance, performing up to 399 shows a year internationally. He's also toured as the hand-picked opener for Tenacious D, Tim & Eric and Faith No More....

Posted 24 Nov 2013 @ 9:11am

Registration for the 2014 RAW Comedy competition will open this month.


Presented by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, RAW Comedy is Australia's largest comedy competition and has launched the careers of some on Australia's greatest comedians, including Josh Thomas (Please Like Me), Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, Ja'mie: Private School Girl), Claire...

Posted 22 Nov 2013 @ 2:46pm

Fun fact: Alan Davies is one of the most affable people in the world. Therefore, it's no surprise that this legend is returning to Australia next year with his new tour, Little Victories.


A stand up veteran of 25 years, Davies is known for his appearances on Jonathan Creek, QI and Whites where his virtuosic story-telling and sharp wit shine. It's been two years since Davies...

Posted 13 Nov 2013 @ 2:56pm

A slew of Melbourne comedians will lend their talents to A Show for Gavin, a charity event to raise funds for Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.


Organised in memory of Gavin Keep, a supporter of Melbourne comedy who was tragically killed in a June 2012 traffic collision, the event will feature a stellar lineup of comedians. Sammy J, Oliver Clark, Bart Freebairn, Ryan Coffey...

Posted 23 Oct 2013 @ 11:25am

Returning to the Melbourne next year will be the much-adored Wogboys.


Based off the Australian hit comedy movie The Wog Boy, the production will see two of Australia’s most loved and revered actors, Nick Giannopoulos and Vince Colosimo, return to the stage for the first time in over a decade. The duo will be joined by Frank Lotito and ACCTA award winning actor, Alex Dimitriades...

Posted 18 Oct 2013 @ 11:39am

For well over a decade Colin Mochrie's shiny bald head has been invading the lounge rooms of millions around the globe through his work on both the UK and US versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Once a self-professed loner with ambitions to be a marine biologist, the Scottish-born Canadian's razor-sharp wit has seen him rise to ranks of one the world's most adored improvisational comedians. "I...

Posted 18 Oct 2013 @ 10:41am

Registrations for the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival are officially open.


If you are registering and you are a comedian, producer, newbie, old hat, we suggest that you attend one of the information sessions to get advice and to talk to a staff member in person. Four information sessions will be...