The Melbourne International Comedy Festival celebrates its 31st year in 2017. It’s one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. Beginning March 29th until April 23rd, Melbourne will once again open their hearts and laugh at some of the best comics from around the world.
Forget what’s happening in work, politics and the stresses of the modern world – the festival brings just under a month of wholehearted happiness to all corner of Melbourne. As Australia’s largest provider of laughs, Melbourne Comedy Festival leaves no stone unturned (or un-tickled) with free family entertainment all school holidays, hundreds of the world’s funniest presenting stellar shows each evening and a late-night Festival Club that keeps the vibe alive through to the wee hours.
We love showcasing local artists and that doesn’t discriminate about Australian comedians, so here’s our list of the best 7 act you should see at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
1. Michael Shafar – Jewish-ish
After sell-out shows at Melbourne Fringe Festival and Perth’s Fringe World Festival, Michael Shafar debuts at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a ‘Jewish-ish’ perspective to religion, politics and bagels.
It’s stand-up comedy from the mean streets of East St Kilda.
2. Sam Taunton – Taunts Down for What
Sam has been a Christmas tree farmer, a digital media specialist, an attempted acoustic wedding singer and now a stand-up comedian.
2016 saw him become a presenter for MTV Australia and NZ, tour across Australia and Asia with Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and start paying back the $728 he owes his Mum in E-Toll fees. As one of Australia’s premier yarn men (self-appointed), join him for his first hilarious hour of stand-up as he discusses regretful teenage years, travel and whether he cleans his bed sheets enough.
3. Alex Ward – Quiet
QUIET is a show that acknowledges life is full of certainties and uncertainties. For example, it was uncertain when growing up how straight Alex’s parents could get her teeth, but it was certain they would subject her to as much pain as necessary to achieve their goal.
Alex is a Melbourne-based stand-up comedian and is currently achieving her life long dream of being brave enough to live outside her home state of Queensland.
4. Kirsty Webeck – Good One
Described as the “hottest new name on the comedy circuit” (LOTL), Kirsty Webeck has been delighting sold-out audiences across the country with her cheerful comedy that always punches up. Now she’s back for her third year running at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her hilarious, brand-new stand-up show tackling what it means to be a good person.
5. Angus Gordon – Sad Boy Comedy Hour
A series of pauses that build tension towards a climax. Teetering between bleak anti-humor and punchy one-liners Angus Gordon balances whimsy and social critique. This show is the best of his stand-up, often focusing on the violent contradictions that constitute ordinary experience, and a series of little parables he wrote in a diary while going through depression. It’s funny!
6. Luka Muller – Lucky
A show about things that are connected, and things that are not. Luka Muller is doing a comedy show! Yes, oh yes. He’s one of the fastest rising young comics in Melbourne and after sell-out shows last year, get in quick for this one hey!
A two-time RAW State Finalist and Class Clowns National Finalist.
7. Chimp Cop – Chimp Cop Forever
Adam Knox, Ben Vernel, Rosie Vernel and Timothy Clark return in Chimp Cop Forever, a sketch comedy spectacle featuring buffoonish crime-fighter Chimp Cop in another tale of intrigue – this time, one that spans generations. Come and see the group that Chortle described as “an invigorating blast of knockabout silliness that fires out joyous gags like a confetti cannon”.