Melbourne International Comedy Festival announces 2021 return

Melbourne International Comedy Festival announces 2021 return

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Next year’s live events will be accompanied by a digital program so you can enjoy the festival in person or at home.

After this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival was forced to cancel at the last minute due to COVID-19, the annual comedy extravaganza has announced it will be back in 2021.

Going down both on stage and online from March 24 until April 18, next year’s MICF will feature all your favourite events including The Gala, Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow, The Great Debate, Upfront, The (Very) Big Laugh Out Loud and Comedy Club for Kids in addition to a bunch of new shows.

MICF will also continue to seek out emerging talent with its development programs Class Clowns, Deadly Funny, RAW Comedy and The Comedy Zone.

In the wake of 2020 and the many ways it has rocked the live performance industry, MICF will be doing things a little differently next year. As well as providing COVID-safe environments for all shows, the festival will embrace the spirit of physical distancing with a series of “festival-to-the-‘burbs’ showcases which will bring comedians to your neighbourhood.

“Things will be a little different in 2021 – venue capacities will be capped and extra hygiene measures in place – but it’s also given us an opportunity to try some new things as well. Festival staff, producers and venues are feeling extremely excited and optimistic and comedians can’t wait to get back on stage,” said Festival Director and CEO Susan Provan AO.

After 2020, we could all use a good, hard laugh, so March 24 truly can’t come fast enough.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2021 is happening from March 24 until April 18. Registrations for Class Clowns and Deadly Funny are now open. For more info, visit the MICF website

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