Published on February 20th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning


With a massive program of 600+ shows across more than 140 performance spaces, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is preparing to take over the world Melbourne, kicking off on 29 March and running to 23 April 2023.

The 2023 Festival showcases a world of comedy – bringing together a plethora of international performers and all of your Australian comedy favourites.

A huge line-up of locals, big names and Festival first-timers include Anne Edmonds, Cal Wilson, Claire Hooper, Circus Oz, Daniel Connell, David Quirk, Dilruk Jayasinha, Gabbi Bolt, Georgie Carroll (Aus/UK), Geraldine Hickey, Kitty Flanagan, Ivan Aristeguieta (Aus/Ven), Lano & Woodley, Luke Heggie, Lizzy Hoo, Mel Buttle, Michael Hing, Michelle Brasier, Nikki Britton, Rhys Nicholson, Reuben Kaye, Sam Campbell, Tommy Little, Tripod, Urvi Majumdar, Wil Anderson and more!

International performers set to take our stages include past Melbourne International Comedy Festival People’s Choice Award winners Urzila Carlson (Sth Africa/NZ) and Daniel Sloss (SCO); joining Daniel Kitson (UK), Stephen K Amos (UK), Arj Barker (USA), Melanie Bracewell (NZ), Ed Byrne (UK), Larry Dean (SCO), Carl Donnelly (UK), Paul Foot (UK), Ari Eldjárn (Iceland), Rosie Jones (UK), Tim Key (UK), Lloyd Langford (UK), Josie Long (UK), Guy Montgomery (NZ), Dylan Moran (Ireland), David O’Doherty (Ireland), Danny Bhoy (SCO), Sara Schaefer (US), DeAnne Smith (CAN/US), Takashi Wakasugi (JPN), Jason Leong (Malaysia), Daniel Fernandez (India), Maisie Adams (UK) and Mark Watson (UK).

We’re thrilled to welcome some of the most exciting breakthrough names on the international circuit today, including Edinburgh Fringe Best Comedy nominee Jordan Gray (UK), Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer nominee Leo Reich (UK); and the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer winner, and recipient of the 2021 Funny Women Award, Lara Ricote (Mexico). Our favourite all-star line-up shows are back, including Best of Comedy Zone Asia featuring Malaysia’s Douglas Lim with comedy friends from India and Indonesia. Aboriginal Comedy Allstars will feature a deadly line up of First Nations comedians, hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri. New Order presents the UK’s hottest breakthrough artists and Comedy Zone introduces a hand-picked line up of the best new Australian talent. The Festival development programs continue to run throughout the year, nurturing a new batch of diverse, up and coming comedy voices. This year’s RAW Comedy, Deadly Funny and Class Clowns heats are currently taking place around Australia, with the hottest new talents and crowd-favourites performing at the National Grand Finals throughout the Festival. Continues…

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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