Insider guide to the Comedy Festival

Susan ProvanDeciding what to see at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is no easy feat with so many top comedians in town from March 29 to April 23, so Five of the Best asked the festival’s director Susan Provan for her five can’t-miss shows.

  1. Comedy Zone Asia

    1. Comedy Zone Asia
    2. Melbourne Town Hall
    3. The Comedy Festival Roadshow has been visiting Asia for close to 15 years now. In the last 5 years we’ve seen stand-up comedy really take off as a popular form of entertainment in the countries we visit. We’ve run workshops in various places and made strong connections. Two years ago we decided to start bringing some of the friends we made back to Melbourne to showcase their work. Comedy Zone Asia (and the Bengaluru Comedy Festival Showcase) offer an amazing opportunity for Melbourne audiences to see performers who are becoming big names in the region. These shows are a fascinating and very funny look into the lives of our nearest neighbours.

  2. Deadly Funny

    1. Deadly Funny
    2. Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
    3. Simply the very best lineup of incredible, emerging and established indigenous comedy talent you get to see all year in one place on one stage. The result of workshops and get-togethers all over Australia in the months leading up.  Always an amazing show with an electric, party atmosphere, great community support, loads of surprises and huge belly laughs.

  3. Headliners

    1. Melbourne Town Hall
    2. A very large number of hours and two-drink minimums always go into programming this show. We’d love to invite 80 comics but we distil it down to 8 who represent a perfect and eclectic mix of the best stand-up currently working the rooms of New York and LA. 4 different comics on each show. Top night out!

  4. Moosehead Awards Benefit

    1. Melbourne Town Hall
    2. The 31st Annual Brian McCarthy Moosehead Awards Benefit is the closing show of the Festival, and it’s always a marathon. Features all the artists who generated the most talk over the preceding 4 weeks so a great way to pull your festival together. And if you didn’t get out enough, a great way to cover all the best bits you might have missed.

  5. Comedy Club for Kids

    1. The Famous Spielgeltent, Arts Centre, Melbourne
    2. Comedy Club For Kids (6-12’s) and Stand & Deliver (8-12’s) are two shows timed perfectly for the younger comedy fans in your life. It’s always fun to watch some of our very best stand-ups work to the under 12’s who can prove to be the toughest of crowds.micf-logo


Insider guide to the Comedy Festival