Three inclusive comedy lineups to catch at Melbourne Fringe Festival

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Three inclusive comedy lineups to catch at Melbourne Fringe Festival

Words by Natali Caro

Melbourne Fringe has an incredible offering of Queer events and shows this year, showing off some of the best Queer talent in Melbourne and surrounds.

Natali Caro (she/they) is a Sydney based, queer Colombian/ Chilean comedian, actor, drag king, writer and event producer working heavily to uplift QTPOC.

I’ve dug up three comedy lineups showcasing racial diversity and inclusion this Fringe season.



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With line-up after line-up sticking to the prescribed quotas of tokenism (or not bothering altogether), this show will be a refreshing look at what you’ve all been missing out on. We’re sick of being the only person of colour in the room, let alone on the bill. Thanks For Having Me is a welcomed departure from all the… (ah, how do you say) ‘caucacity’ and Karen behaviour.

Featuring some of the best established and emerging Indigenous, Bla(c)k, PoC Comedians from around Australia, such as Aurelia St Clair (PopGays), Patrick Durnan Silva (Hot Department), Annie Louey (MICF), and a very special guest from The BLOCK Australia. This is the perfect opportunity for you to show off how ‘woke’ you are to your mates. Or to just kick back with all your unproblematic friends! We’re also making it easier for you to book your comedy room; no more tedious scrolling through instagram – you can just write these names down.

After launching last year in Sydney at Century’s Laugh Outta Lockdown Festival, with great success and a knock out season, and coming off the back of Sydney Fringe Comedy once again, Thanks For Having Me is here in Naarm!! Picked up by SBS, Time Out, Pedestrian TV and Concrete Playground – you don’t want to be left out. Ready for some laughs?

Happening at Fringe Hub: Tradeshall – The Quilt Room from next week, Thursday October 20 to Sunday 23 (this session will be Auslan Interpreted by Kirri Dangerfield).


Now in its sixth year, Deadly Fringe continues to add to the creation of an exceptional body of works by First Nations artists that have reached thousands of audiences, toured the country and won multiple Melbourne Fringe and Green Room awards. It embeds First Nations storytelling in Melbourne Fringe – and in the broader independent arts industry.

This Melbourne Fringe, Kungari Productions and Deadly Fringe bring you Kungari Comedy, eight nights of some of Victoria’s funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedians! Get some big laughs in with hilarious stories and unique perspectives on being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in Australia. And following the comedy, don’t miss the ever Koorie Lip Sync Battle! Music AND comedy? You’d be a fool to miss it.

Happening now till the 14th at Tradeshall: Evatt Room.


As a child of Colombian and Chilean Immigrants, it has always been difficult seeing our stories used as punchlines for sketchy comedic pay-offs, or more commonly in Australia, not told at all! Here’s a show that’s taking back control and flipping the narrative on immigrants and racism.

Be sure to check out Racist Immigrants’ for an epic hour of no holds barred, unabashed comedy!! Happening now, at The Rubber Chicken till the 22nd.

Check out the full Melbourne Fringe program here.