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Welcome to the 23rd
World events can be hard
to keep up with, there's so much change
in the air and so many global challenges to
We urge you to turn to the Comedy Festival
where edited highlights are interpreted by
the fantastic and fearless imaginations of
funny people from all corners of the planet.
The Festival is just the stimulus package you
need right now -- guaranteed to get the heart
racing, the brain pumping and the laptop
We can make your world a happy place!
Yes We Can!
In a state that prides itself
on putting on great events
and festivals the Comedy
Festival is up there with
the best, holding its own
with the footy finals, the
Spring Racing Carnival, Royal Melbourne
Show and the Australian Open Tennis as one
of our five biggest events of the year.
Attracting more than 400,000 people the
Festival is also Australia's largest ticketed
cultural event and one of the top two
comedy festivals in the world, rivalled only
by Edinburgh. It's not just the Festival's size
that matters, it also packs a strong economic
Most important of all, however, the Festival
creates one of the best, most valuable,
commodities around -- laughter. And with 328
events featuring the funniest comedy talent
around, this year you're guaranteed that there
will be plenty of it.
For these reasons and more, the Victorian
Government is once again proud to be
the major supporter of the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival.
Have a great Festival!
John Brumby MP
Premier of Victoria
FOR THE ARTS
For four weeks in April,
Melbourne is transformed
into the comedy capital of
The Melbourne International Comedy
Festival's massive program of stand-up,
cabaret, film, music, visual arts, theatre,
kids programs and free family events caters
for all ages and demographics, from toddlers
The Festival's influence, however, extends all
year round and well beyond Melbourne's CBD.
In 2008 the Festival's Roadshow toured
50,000 kilometres to 101 Australian venues
from Pakenham to Port Headland. And its
year-round education and artist development
programs continued to unearth the best new
talent right around the country.
Each year, the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival attracts the world's best
comedy talent. This year is no exception, with
top international acts from the UK, Ireland,
New Zealand, Canada, the United States and
Germany, joining some of Australia's funniest.
Of course, it's hard to match Victoria's local
comedy talent -- which this year ranges from
Festival favourites like Greg Fleet (this year
celebrating his 21st Festival!) to some of our
freshest emerging acts.
So, throw yourself into 2009 Melbourne
International Comedy Festival. Laughs are
Lynne Kosky MP
Minister for the Arts
An old proverb once
stated: what soap is to
the body, laughter is to
Bigger than ever, the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival is back in April, causing fits
of giggles, chuckles and hysterics across
the City. In fact, so enormous is this year's
program, by the festival's end, every soul in
Melbourne will be smiling!
The centre of the action, Melbourne Town
Hall, will once again be transformed into
destination comedy. Beneath grand old
ceilings, three levels of stages, bars and
cinemas pop up for a laugh.
Even the Council chamber is not spared the
best stand-up, theatre and musical comedy
With over 3400 performances, events,
activities and exhibitions - occurring over
three and a half weeks - the Comedy Festival
makes the most of our City's incredible range
of venues and performance spaces. Each
gig presents a fantastic opportunity to visit
the many restaurants, bars and clubs that
make our city one of a kind. Continuing a
proud tradition, plenty of free favourites like
Big Laugh Out ensure laughs are readily
accessible to everyone.
Gags aside, the City of Melbourne is proud
to be the home of hilarity, the centre of silly,
and Australia's laugh-out-loud capital. So go
on, cleanse your soul and get into the fun of
Melbourne's world famous Comedy Festival!
THE CHAIR OF
Just think, Australia's
largest arts event involves
a bunch of comedians.
That's a laugh!
Since its inception, 23 years ago, The
Melbourne International Comedy Festival has
grown to become one of the world's great
festivals and a much anticipated event on
Melbourne's cultural calendar.
Key to the Festival's success is the ongoing
commitment from our friends -- the State
Government, the City of Melbourne and
our generous sponsors. Mind you, there
wouldn't be much to laugh about without
the collaboration of our community -- the
performers, the producers, the venues, and of
course you, our wonderfully loyal audience.
To stay on top of the world, the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival recognizes
the need to invest and reinvest in the art of
comedy, to give our home-grown artists a
great opportunity to present new work, to
open new venues and attract new audiences.
I invite you to join in all the fun promised
by the 2009 Festival and outlined in this
program. And please, don't just stop at one
show. At an average of $22.00 per show
(let's say 20 cents a laugh), it's the cheapest
investment in your health you'll make all year.
After all, laughter is just the antidote for times
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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
Shows with this symbol offer cheap tickets
on Tightarse Tuesdays
1 Dates highlighted in red indicated preview
All prices quoted in this program include
GST. Ticket prices may be subject to
additional phone and Internet booking fees.
Shows with this symbol offer
Auslan(Australian Sign Language)
In 2009 the MICF continues its
Deaf Access initiative. To discover
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