30 Mar 2011

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) started today. It’s the third largest international comedy festival in the world (alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival) and the biggest ticketed cultural event in Australia. It is generally regarded as the least commercial and most relaxed of the three major comedy festivals.

MICF was established in 1987 and this year it’s celebrating its 25th anniversary. Each autumn the festival takes over Melbourne with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. The Melbourne Town Hall has served as the festival hub since the early 1990s, but performances are held in venues throughout the city.

Over 300 of the world’s best comedians perform in this year’s festival and Australian Axis of Awesome (that just recently was in Sweden and aren’t performing this year) give their recommendations on what not to miss on their Facebook page.

“If you’re in Melbourne and you’re looking for shows to see we recommend that you check out Smart Casual, Bec Hill, Felicity Ward, There’s A Ghost in my Cupcake, Jo and Brydie Play Doctor, Marcel Lucont and Dead Cat Bounce.”

I’ll be sure to check them out online as well as one of my personal favourites Adam Hills (check him out HERE and HERE). One day I’ll hopefully be able to attend the festival live, that would be great fun!

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