427 comedians walked into a bar. You’d think one of them would have ducked. Seriously, without a word of exaggeration, there are around umpteen squillion comics appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival until April 19 vying for laughter and applause… and that’s just on the trams. They will also be performing in over 100 venues around the city with newcomers and oldgoers strutting their stuff.
Rather than single any particular act out to poke a heckler at, off the top of the head (and after a troll through the official website), acts appearing include Ruby Wax, Neil Hamburger, Ross Noble, Judith Lucy (right), Wil Anderson, Arj Barker, Dave Hughes, Cal Wilson, The Umbilical Brothers, Stephen K. Amos, the Doug Anthony Allstars, Denise Scott, The Naked Magicians, Hannah Gadsby, Greg Behrendt, Lehmo, Adam Hills, Alan Brough & Casey Bennetto (The Narelles), Jason Byrne, Jimeoin, Effie, Miranda Sings, New Order UK, Rich Hall, Meshel Laurie, Heath Franklin’s Chopper, Russell Peters, Anthony Morgan, Kitty Flanagan, Ben Pobjie, Bob Franklin, Puppetry of the Penis, Colin Lane & David Collins (The Three Mikados), Tom Gleeson, Tom Ballard, Tommy Little, Joel Creasy and Dave O’Neil.
Needing a place to stay? Visit Rydges Melbourne to position yourself only metres away from the comedy festival and a number of CBD show locations - and if you would prefer to reside on the fringe (there's a great comedy term!), Rydges on Swanston is just out of the CBD and the new Rydges St Kilda is also fabulously handy!