April to see comedy invasion

April 5, 2017 by  

Some of Australia’s biggest names in comedy will fly into Tullamarine International Airport between now and April 23 to perform in the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said the latest internationally acclaimed laugh-a-minute comedy event will feature 5,000 local and overseas comic performers in 550 shows, and an estimated 6,860 performances.

Poster printing, advertising the event, has seen the festival widely promoted throughout the city, and according to Foley, the extensive programme includes something for all ages.

He said the festival brings together some of comedy’s biggest names, and includes a host of popular events such as the Great Debate, which is now into its 28th year.

Foley said Comedy Festival programmes such as The Comedy Zone, Class Clowns, RAW Comedy, Deadly Funny Kids, and Deadly Funny were helping to showcase and shape performers of the next generation, while also presenting an eclectic mix of today’s greatest comedic talents.

He said the success of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was reflected by its enormous growth in both size and profile, which has seen it become of one the country’s largest cultural events and listed in the top three of the world’s comedy festivals.

After its Melbourne run, the Festival Roadshow will hit the road visiting 79 Australian communities, including 26 Victorian regional centres, before taking the laughs to India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.