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Welcome to the 26th Melbourne International
It's time to enjoy a month when the global becomes
our local and a whole world of live comedy drops into
our own backyard. More artistes than ever before have
committed their entertaining ways to this huge event
so we're confident that anyone needing a silly dance,
an outrageous opinion or a shot of pure happiness will
find it here. We o er an unparalleled opportunity to have
your world-view refreshed by people whose mission is
to make you smile. What could be better?
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The 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
dishes up a feast of funny, a banquet of bu oonery
and a smorgasbord of satire.
On the menu we have 430 events, 5000 performances
and -- for those who like their comedy al fresco -- a huge
free outdoor program.
The Victorian Government is again proud to support the
festival -- it's good for the State, good for your health,
and always good fun.
So tuck in and enjoy!
Hon. Ted Baillieu MLA
Premier and Minister for the Arts
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Each year the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
makes our city the beating heart of world entertainment.
Its red-blooded humour courses through Melbourne's
veins, from the Spiegeltent in the south to Trades Hall in
the north and the Town Hall at the heart, pulsing with life.
A ordable, accessible and perfectly formed, the festival
attracts more than 600,000 people, filling our streets and
our famous bars and restaurants with visitors. Composing
comedy is hard work and festival performers don't just
show o on stage -- they also read to us, debate and tour.
Here in their natural habitat, they eat, drink and mingle
with their audiences creating a fantastic festival buzz.
April is a terrific time to be in our city, and I take great
pleasure in welcoming the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival, an event with great heart.
the chair of the
Last year, our 25th Anniversary celebration was a ripper.
Over 611,000 joined the party in Melbourne while another
50,000 experienced the Comedy Festival across Australia
and in Hong Kong or Singapore.
Many millions more took in our TV, Radio and Web
Even though we are getting that wee bit older we show
no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, this year with
more performances and special events to showcase the
very best in Australian and international talent, the 26th
Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be the
Of course, the Festival would not continue to grow and
prosper if it were not for the generous support of our
sponsors and Government partners.
I would particularly like to thank the State Government,
Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne whose support
has seen the Festival become one of the major
entertainment and tourism events in Australia. Thanks
also to you, our loyal audience; your unwavering support
makes the Comedy Festival something special that
t of the world wants to share.
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If you buy tickets through
Ticketmaster to three or more
events with this symbol, you can
save money with a Laugh Pack.
Phone bookings only.
Shows with this symbol o er 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 o er
Auslan(Australian Sign Language)
In 2012 the Festival continues its Deaf
Access initiative. To discover more
log on to:
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Booking and prices
We all at the Comedy Festival value
hugely our continuing collaboration
with Michael Leunig. Michael's poster
images always perfectly capture the
joyful mood of our Festival.
It's a happy privilege to have one of
Melbourne's great artists put a smile
on the faces of our audiences from the
moment they pick up our program!
anne eDMonDs in
My banjo’s naMe is
Best Emerging Comedy
Nominee 2011 Adelaide
Join Anne, Steven,
Jimbo the possum and
Rebecca the flatmate on
a humiliating yet uplifting
journey through Anne's
late 20s. See her sing, see
her gibe and see her do something that's meant to be
dancing. Accompanied by Amy Bennett.
"That she is not yet universally worshipped is a puzzle.
HHHH½" The Age
Melb Town Hall, Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne
Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm (55 mins)
Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 & at the door
Full $24 • Conc $22 • Group (8 or more) & Laugh Pack $20
TT $19 • Preview $18
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