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Welcome to the 29th Melbourne
International Comedy Festival.
Our Festival is a place for everyone. All
ages, all walks of life, early birds and
It’s where performers start out on a
comedy career and the well-known and
well-loved return for their fans and the
fun of it.
When tough issues and conflict are all
around, comedy plays a special role.
Inquisitor, reflector, mobiliser, unifier, and
of course, entertainer! A whole festival
of comedy magnifies this opportunity
magnificently. The imaginations of
hundreds of different artists from all
corners of the globe fuel our program.
To be surprised into laughter by an
unexpected idea is a joy. We only ask of
our audiences a curious heart and an open
mind and we invite you to enjoy.
Welcome to the world’s most liveable
city for the 2015 Melbourne International
The 2015 Festival will again showcase the
best comedians from Victoria and around
the world, demonstrating our State’s
Now in its 29th year, the Festival is one of
Victoria’s marquee cultural events, with
more than 700,000 attendees and a
further four million viewers each year.
I encourage all interstate and international
visitors to enjoy Melbourne’s many
restaurants, cafés, gardens and museums,
and venture beyond the city to discover
the diversity and natural beauty of regional
Laugh loud, laugh often and enjoy your
time at the 2015 Melbourne International
The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP
Premier of Victoria
From local stages to TV and cinema
screens, comedy is one of Victoria’s
great creative strengths. The Melbourne
International Comedy Festival is a chance
to get up close to the stars of the local,
national and international scene, discover
new talent and be entertained by some of
the funniest people on the planet.
The Festival is more than Australia’s
largest-selling ticketed cultural event; it
is a creative powerhouse that works all
throughout the year to nurture new voices,
provide employment opportunities and
Along the way, the Festival injects a
serious $8 million of new money into the
Victorian economy in addition to the $20
million generated by patrons from Greater
Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
The Victorian Government is proud to
support the Festival. Its contribution to the
cultural landscape and creative industries
is important. So, too, is the role comedy
has in keeping us all grounded via a good
laugh at ourselves.
laugh at ourselves.
The Hon. Martin Foley MP
Minister for Creative Industries
THE LORD MAYOR
The Melbourne International Comedy
Festival returns to our great city in 2015,
bigger and better than ever before.
One of Australia’s favourite festivals, more
than 700,000 people are expected to fill
venues across Melbourne this autumn.
More city spaces than ever before will be
converted into comedy stages with laughs
filling more than 100 venues, including
Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square
and ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, Trades
Hall and the new festival hub at the Greek
Cultural Centre in Lonsdale Street.
It promises to be yet another entertaining
installment of laughs, fun and frivolity. So
I encourage you to get along to as many
shows as possible and experience the very
best of the 2015 Melbourne International
THE CHAIR OF THE
It’s time for all of Melbourne to get in on
A central pillar in Victoria’s cultural
calendar, Melbourne International Comedy
Festival is one of the world’s largest and
most loved comedy festivals.
More than just a four-week event, the
Festival seeks to provide a broader
contribution through our artist
development programs, national tours and
free events. We tour to every corner of the
country, as well as showcase Australia’s
comedic talent across Asia to Singapore,
Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.
Of course, the Festival would not continue
to grow and prosper without the support
of the Victorian Government through
Creative Victoria; City of Melbourne; all of
our partners and supporters; and you the
audience, without whom the Festival just
wouldn’t be such fun.
All ticket prices listed in this guide are
inclusive of GST. Credit card purchases
incur an additional payment-processing
fee, which will be added to the cost of
the ticket price. Additional booking fees
may apply for tickets bought online or
over the phone.
* Licensed venue.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a
Parent or Legal Guardian
** Licensed venue.
No under 18s allowed.
0 This symbol means this artist is
performing at least one show in a
wheelchair accessible venue.
3 Shows with this symbol offer Auslan
(Australian Sign Language) interpreted
In 2015 the Festival continues
its accessibility initiative.
To discover more log on to:
For 2015 our poster-patron continues his happy-dance. With his cockatoo sidekick, the image
captures perfectly the joyful mood of our Festival. It’s a happy privilege to continue our long
collaboration with the great Melbourne artist Michael Leunig whose work puts a smile on the
faces of our audiences from the moment they pick up a program.
Booking and prices
3+ Laugh Pack 1
Tightarse Tuesday 2
see details on next page
WHAT THE SYMBOLS
IN THIS GUIDE MEAN
OWL EYES ON YOU
Following her debut,
comes Owl Eyes On You!
It’s sketch meets stand-up,
it’s east meets west, it’s
fairy tales and tragedies
and happy endings?
Susie Youssef weaves
characters, stories and occasional dance breaks into an
hour of sweet laughs.
‘This girl knows her skit.’ Herald Sun
‘Hallmarks of a Tina Fey production.’ The Age
ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Tue-Sat 8.15pm, Sun 7.15pm (55 mins)
Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 & at the door
Full $23 • Conc, Group (4+) & Laugh Pack $20 • TT $18
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