Who to see at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Who to see at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
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Sunny March is drawing to a close and winter is on our doorstep. But have no fear, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is here to cheer you up! Celebrating 30 years in 2016 the MICF is not to be missed.

March 23 - April 17 2016
All around Melbourne

This year the 2016 MICF turns 30 and they are celebrating in style. Catch local and international artists as well as family friendly shows and special events. There are over 2,000 artists performing at 121 venues across Melbourne during the Festival; you might say there a few to choose from. To be quite honest it’s difficult to know where to begin. So we’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s a short list of some of our favourites. For more info and tickets head to www.comedyfestival.com.au where you can search by price, location or artist.

Joel Creasey

Joel took last year’s Festival by storm reliving some of his unbelievable personal anecdotes. Outrageous, over the top and scandalous, Joel is not to be missed this year. Who know’s what he's got up to this last 12 months... Suitable for 18+.

Anne Edmonds

Aussie Anne entered the comedy scene quite late at the age of 29 and has been been furiously making up for lost time since. She was nominated for Best Emerging Comedy Talent at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and her show apparently contains a banjo, a jig and lady claiming to be a pig. It rhymes so it must be good. Suitable for 16+.

First Dog on the Moon

With extra shows added to keep up with demand, First Dog on the Moon explores the precarious world of Australian politics seen through the eyes of one of Australia’s beloved cartoonists. With 6 changes of Prime Ministers in 8 years, the potential material is almost endless. A cheerful and feel-good show. Suitable for all ages.


Witty, scintillating and Irish, Jimeoin’s show will not disappoint. Focussing on ridiculous observations and life’s little absurdities, Jimeoin will have you in stitches. Suitable for 16+.

Sam Simmons

Another act with extra shows added due to popularity, Aussie comedian Sam Simmons (sporting a glorious moustache) is one of the more quirky acts on the lineup. Sam won the two biggest awards in live comedy in 2015 and sold out runs at every major comedy festival. He is definitely not to be missed. Suitable for 16+.

Best of British

Can’t decide which individual to see at the 2016 MICF? Why not pick Best of British, a group performance showcasing a mixture of Britain’s funniest stand-up comedians. Sold out from 2007-2014, enjoy a jam packed 60 minutes of pommie lols. You can also laugh at their accents. Suitable for 18+.

Make a night of it!

You might as well make a night of it. Head to www.comedyfestival.com.au/2016/season/melbourne/drinking-and-dining to take advantage of some great specials on dining in and around the CBD. All that laughing is thirsty work – go on and treat yourself!

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