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Welcome to the 25th Melbourne International
In 25 years the Comedy Festival has been part of
many professional journeys from lounge-room to
the lounge rooms of The World via mass media and
the ubiquitous www.
This program celebrates those artistes, whose
fearless imaginations will be deployed this year
in a celebration of free speech as relentless as
WikiLeaks’ (but with a clear understanding that
absolute truth should never mess with making
fun of stuff). Some performed in the first Comedy
Festival, some weren’t even born then.
Every year more performers have something
to say and every year larger audiences come to
Melbourne to be entertained and enlightened by
them saying it. Much has changed in 25 years but
some things haven’t. 25 years on Anthony Morgan
is still waiting for his jetpack but the Melbourne
Comedy Festival is still making people happy.
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anD arts Minister
I am delighted to have this opportunity to give
my support, and that of the State Government of
Victoria, to this year’s Melbourne International
This festival has brought entertainment to
Melbourne, Victoria and beyond for 25 years, never
failing to showcase an outstanding array of comedic
talent from around the world.
What started as a program of 56 shows has
snowballed into an internationally-renowned event
of almost 5,000 performances, including a Festival
Roadshow which takes in 60 locations across the
country and has even developed a loyal following
Last year the festival had a record 508,000 local,
interstate and international visitors laughing in the
aisles, providing a real economic punch for Victoria
and illustrating that comedy in this state can also be a
The Victorian Government is proud to support the
2011 festival which is set to be the biggest ever.
There are plenty of ways to join the celebrations,
so whether you’re in Melbourne, watching on
television, or following the Roadshow – don’t miss
out on the chance to be a part of the fun.
Hon. Ted Baillieu MP
Premier and Minister for the Arts
the lorD Mayor
As comedians prepare punchlines, and finesse the
fun stuff, we once again welcome the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival. The festival is
globally renowned as a major event for all who
like their comedy cocktail shaken and stirred and
served with a twist.
More daring than running with the bulls,
more animated than the Terracotta Warriors,
Melbourne’s comedy festival is a highlight of the
international cultural calendar. Whether you like
your comedy Raw or Upfront, whether you’re a
class clown or a great debater, the festival’s huge
program always delivers fine, funny performances.
The City of Melbourne is proud to support the
Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Many
events take place in our own Town Hall, which
flings open its doors to festival audiences for
three weeks – while carefully hiding the mayoral
chains. Congratulations to the festival on its 25th
birthday, and may the mirth begin.
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It’s been 25 short, but very funny years since the
Comedy Festival began presenting the best in local
and international performances.
In this time, we’ve grown to be one of Melbourne’s
much loved events. We’ve also become one of the
three major comedy festivals that rule the world.
To celebrate this milestone, we have planned a very
special programme with something for everyone.
I am assured by our tireless young team that
whether you’re a seasoned festival goer or a first
timer, a grandparent or a grandchild, you’re in for a
‘cracking good time’.
Of course, the festival would not continue to grow
and prosper without the generous support of our
sponsors and government partners.
This year the state government increased its
support to enable us to stage the biggest festival
yet with more free shows than ever before. What
better way to thank you – our audience.
Without your support the festival just wouldn’t be
the laugh that it is.
The 25 year old pics on this page may raise a smile.
Comedy was already big in 1987, hair was even bigger…
This symbol means the venue is
If you buy tickets through
Ticketmaster to three or more events
with this symbol, you can save money
with a Laugh Pack.
Shows with this symbol offer cheap
tickets on Tightarse Tuesdays.
30 Dates highlighted in red indicated
All prices quoted in this program
include GST. Ticket prices may be
subject to additional phone and
internet booking fees.
* Licensed venue.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a
Parent or Legal Guardian
** Licensed venue.
No under 18s allowed.
Shows with this symbol offer
Auslan(Australian Sign Language)
In 2011 the Festival continues its
Deaf Access initiative. To discover
more log on to:
what the symbols
in this guide mean
For our 25th year, Michael Leunig has created a wonderful poster with a ‘nicely mad, cheeky, friendly quality. It is
a happy thing’. We at the Comedy Festival are happy too with the privilege of Michael’s continuing collaboration
and support, and the smile his artwork always puts on faces before they’ve even glanced over what’s on the
VENUE Venue one*
Venue two* *
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