Hold on to your socks because it’s time for a laugh! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is in full swing and as always bound to tickle you pink with two thousand comedians from 15 countries, doing 544 shows in more than 100 venues over 26 days. That’s a whole lot of funny to cover in just one month, so we thought we’d make life a little bit easier by sharing our top picks for this year… no dad jokes allowed!

The All-stars

Wil Anderson – Critically Wil

After having won five people’s choice awards at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in previous years, there’s no question Wil Anderson should be at the top of the hit list. If you love him on Gruen and fancy his comedic take on current affairs, then Critical Wil is a must see. The show features Wil fast paced wit and high intellect all the whilst keeping you up to date with the goings on in the world.

Judith Lucy & Denise Scott – Disappointments

Disappointments is the act you’ll want to see when you’re feeling a little ordinary. These loud and proud legends of the Aussie comedy scene haven’t shared the stage in three years, but now Judith and Denise are reuniting to help you learn to love yourself and your failings in the most hilarious way. Disappointments is set to have you in fits of laughter as this hilarious duo add some song and dance to your night.

Nath Valvo – Not in the house

With frequent sexual references and a strong language warning, Nath Valvo is a must see if you like a bit of crude humour. Not in the House is a self-pitying take on Nath’s life as he takes on his early 30s whilst watching many of his friends reach milestone after milestone such as buying houses and having babies. Nath takes on the struggles of life’s expectations with his defining satire that will have you in a fit of laughter.

The up-and-comers

Aaron Aardvark 59 Free Comedy

Yep! That’s right, you don’t need to pay a cent for these laughs. For the past six years, the ‘free show’ model has provided a microphone for budding comedians, allowing them to take to the stage and show off their talents. This year, Aaron Aardvark will be hosting 18 free shows which feature the likes of Andy Moratis, Blaise White and PJ White. Show your support for the next generation of comedians and head on down to Station 59 in Richmond.

Georgie Carroll – Gauze and Affect

Georgie Carroll is well on her way to becoming one of Australia’s top-notch comedians. Georgie has been building a pretty strong track record, having won Adelaide’s Comedian of the Year Award in 2012 and selling out shows in her home town. Now she’s hitting up Melbourne, focusing on her life as a nurse and proving that laughter is the best medicine.

Clara Cupcakes – The Worst

With big hair and makeup; Clara Cupcakes is quirky, arty and totally insane. The Worst includes not only hilariously clever tales, but the best of Clara’s Burlesque dancing and ukulele playing! A vibrant and vivacious performance that will leave you wanting more.


MICF runs until the 23 April and you can see the full schedule here.