The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has arrived, like a dear old friend, right on time.
We’ve got our old favourites on our list for sure - Danny Bhoy, Wil Anderson, Judith Lucy, Anne Edmonds, Hannah Gadsby, Mark Watson - but this year we’re mixing in a bit of introspection, parody and theatre.
Things are a little dark right now there’s no denying and it has certainly impacted our comedy choices this year. We’re keen for some enlightenment, some culture, to remind us of the enduring positivity of human impact so we are definitely interested in Stand Up Philosophy, The Importance of Being Earnest at Chapel off Chapel and A Booklover’s Comedy Show and Behind the Lines.
A timely distraction as we await the resolution of my most loved movie sagas, the Comedy Fest gives us the fabulously entertaining Battle of the Superheroes debates, counting us down each Sunday to the release of Avengers Infinity War Endgame as well as the lighthearted Marveled parody caberet.
The Festival is definitely improving on the diversity front with a line-up celebrating a range of gender and cultural strengths, highlights for us are You Throw Like a Girl, Deadly Funny, Best of Africa Stand Up, India’s Improv Dream Team and Comedy Zone Asia.
No one wants to be late to a comedy show, so we absolutely recommend having a few pre-show food options and booking ahead where you can. Melbourne is so good, there’s no need to wait in line! Some spots to have on your go-to list for speedy eats are: Mezzo, Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam, Bomba, Fancy Hanks, Boilermaker House, Neapoli, The Toff in Town/Cookie, Beer DeLuxe, Fonda, Uncle, Garden State, Yamato, Fukuryu Ramen, Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Ombra and ShanDong MaMa.
Check out all our selections from the program below and may you have many laughs this festival season!