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Issue 1669

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

Laughter is indescribable – what’s the stimulus for this rambunctious flurry of emotion? Why does it happen and why does it bring us joy rather than a hiccup or cough that rouses irritation?

There’s all kinds of hormones responsible for the belly joggle but all you need to know is there is no better antidote to life’s dishwasher cycle than a midweek foray into the arms of a laughter-provider.

That’s where the Melbourne International Comedy Festival comes in. Kicking off today and running over three weeks until Sunday April 21, this extravaganza won’t take any prisoners. I hope you’ve trained your abdomen and warmed your cheeks because you’re at the mercy of the world’s finest humourists otherwise.

From top to bottom, this year’s bill is quite simply stunning and you’ll get the full scoop in our official MICF liftout. There’s 45 feature stories, yes 45, running in that grandiose bad boy. Then there’s Q&As galore and every show tip you could ever need as we get set to welcome what is arguably Melbourne’s biggest cultural drawcard.

Through over 600 different shows, there are no excuses for lack of opportunity so head along and not only enter your own stratosphere of hysteria but be enlightened and educated.

Alongside the behemoth that’s nestled within, the music doesn’t stop and for 1669 we’ve got things to say for Bernadette Novembre, Tower of Power, Iaki Vallejo and the stunning festival getaways, The Hills Are Alive and By The Meadow. Epic.