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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival.
An annual event, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia's comedy capital, Melbourne, each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
The Festival was launched in 1987 by Barry Humphries and Peter Cook. Twenty-five Festivals later, with attendances of over 600,000, it has grown to be Australia's largest cultural event. With an average ticket price of just $26, the Comedy Festival is not only a hugely popular event but an extremely accessible one.
When the Melbourne Town Hall precinct is converted into a giant comedy hub, there is something for every comedy lover, from the very best local and international comedy acts in venues of all shapes and sizes.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival aims to:
- showcase and celebrate the best of Australia's comic artists
- nurture and develop new comic performers and comedy works
- present the finest overseas comedians to Australian audiences
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival organisation provides the environment and promotional activities that unite and support all events. The Comedy Festival creates and manages a large number of the venues used for the Festival, presents a program of the best contemporary comedy from overseas and produces a significant number of special events for stage and screen.
The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the culmination of our ongoing activities and, for three and a half weeks each year, makes Melbourne the centre of the comedy universe.