Top 21 Melbourne International Comedy Festival picks

The posters are up and Melbourne Town Hall is lit in rainbow hues – must be Melbourne International Comedy Festival time! With hundreds of shows, it can be hard to choose which to see. We recommend mixing it up with both comedians that you know and are yet to discover!

1. Comedy Club for Kids

Laughs for little ones with some fantastic comedians!

2. Karl Chandler’s Got Talent!

This king of the one-liner is turning his hand to a narrative show. You may not have heard of Karl Chandler but you’ve almost certainly heard his jokes – he’s a regular writer for many TV shows.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Karl Chandler

3. Harley Breen – The secret to being awesome

Harley Breen is a bloody good bloke.

4. Celia Pacquola – Let me know how it all works out

Expect fabulous observations and stellar delivery.

5. Cal Wilson – It could have been me

Cal’s created her own choose-your-own-adventure – what would happen if she

were a poet, a doctor or a bloke?

6. Dave Thornton – Tall & Pointy

Three shows only of this well-reviewed stand up show – he has to be up early

these days for breakfast radio.

7. Dave Hughes – Pointless

Heard of this guy?

8. Geraldine Quinn – MDMA – Modern Day Maiden Aunt

Multi-award winning cabaret comedienne with a wicked sense of humour and serious vocal ability.

9. Greg Fleet – The Games Master

Fleety talking about sport. Even if you don’t like sport, this guy is a master.

10. I love Green Guide Letters with Steele Saunders

Live recordings of Steele’s regular podcast shooting the breeze with comedians

and inspecting Green Guide Letters.

11. Jeff Green – All guns blazing!

An hour of stand up from a master of the craft.

12. Fiona O’Loughlin – My Brilliant Career

Multi-award-winning first lady of Australian comedy – Fiona O’Loughlin is not to

be missed.

13. Kate McLennan – The duck’s nuts

Award-winning comedian and actress not even half as innocent as she looks.

Kate McLennan Image credit: Sarah Collins.

Kate McLennan
Image credit: Sarah Collins.

14. Luke McGregor – I worry that I worry too much

Rising star – awkward rising star. Most excellent.

15. Oliver Clark Comeback Special

Smooth moves and crooning in a velvet suit – feel-good comedy with double


16. Ronny Chieng – Chieng Reaction

Another rising star with a quick wit and a law degree.

17. Ryan Coffeey is Howlin’

Not many people can be charming and offensive and enigmatic at the same time.

Ryan can. He can also write songs, tango with a loop pedal and make you laugh.

Also has impressive beard – perhaps best in festival?

18. Sarah Kendall – Touchdown

Award-winning comedian and ex-under14s touch football player.

19. Simon Godfrey – The earth is flat

If you like your comedy geeky, weird, clever and endearing, this is worth trying.

20. Tom Gleeson – Quality

Fabulous story-teller, quick wit, effortless. A sure-fire winner.

21. Lords of Luxury – After dinner mint

Dapper lads making you laugh.

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