Study Melbourne’s best picks for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is coming to Melbourne, bringing world-class acts including stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. Running from 29 March to 23 April, the Comedy Festival is Australia’s largest ticketed cultural event and one of the top three largest comedy festivals in the world. Read on for our top picks for the Festival.

Comedy Zone Asia

This one-of-a-kind showcase brings the freshest and finest comedy from the region, with a handpicked cast of performers from across Asia. Comedians include Rizal van Geyzel (Malaysia), Neeti Palta (India), Jinx Yeo (Singapore), Sumit Anand (India) and Douglas Lim (Malaysia).

Length: 75 minutes
Cost: $22 – $34
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Regent Room
Time: Various
Visit the website to book tickets

Bengaluru Comedy Festival Showcase

Hear some of the finest from India’s burgeoning comedy scene at the Bengaluru Comedy Festival Showcase, featuring New Delhi’s Sumit Anand and Neeti Palta, Goa’s Daniel Fernandes and Mumbai’s star of East India Comedy (with 80 million YouTube views) Sapan Verma. These comedians will also be appearing in the Laughing Matters: Comedy and Free Speech in India Wheeler Centre panel discussion and podcast.

Length: 75 minutes
Cost: $22 – $33
Location: Forum Theatre, Upstairs
Date: April 20, April 21, April 22 and April 23
Visit the website to book tickets

Shows at the Chinese Museum

As part of the Comedy Festival, the Chinese Museum will be hosting a number of shows worth a look. This includes a show with Shanghai-born Storm Xu and Melbourne-born Andy Curtain along with a stand-up comedy show with Vivek Mahbubani and award-winning comedian from Hong Kong Tim Chan.

Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $15 – $25
Location: The Chinese Museum
Date: Various dates

Visit the website to book for Vivek and Tim along with Storm Xu and Andy Curtain.

The (Very) Big Laugh Out

See some of the world’s most wacky and wonderful street performers at multiple stages across Fed Square. This free event is suitable for the whole family and will feature an action-packed program of comedy, circus, clowning and acrobatics.

Length: Various
Cost: Free
Location: Fed Square Main Stage, Fed Square Pitch, Fed Square Bowl
Time: Various
Visit the website to find out more

Dashan Live

Performed in Mandarin, Dashan will discuss his 30 years living between the East and West. Dashan has appeared four times on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala – the world’s most watched TV program with an annual audience of more than 800 million.

Length: 75 minutes
Cost: $22 – $34
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Regent Room
Time: Various
Visit the website to book tickets

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from 29 March 29 to 23 April 2017. To view the full program, head to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017 website.

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