Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

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Global comedians will again flock to Melbourne for the month long Melbourne International Comedy Festival, starting 27 March 2019.

Here’s our pick of the highlights.

Dave Hughes – “Hairy”

Dave hasn’t had a haircut since last year’s Festival. His own fringe is now a face curtain. What has prompted this radical change – is it a crisis? Is he going through manopause? Why doesn’t he bow to his critics? What does his wife think? Does she even see him anymore? So many questions. Maybe some of these will be answered in his new show. The only way to know is to come along. You can’t rely on a friend telling you what happens. Only your own ears and eyes can be trusted. 

Joe Lycett – “I’m about to lose it and I think Joe Lycett”

Pop in and see Joe Lycett when he visits Melbourne, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does CountdownQILive at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance

Phil Wang – “Philly Philly Wang Wang”

Following a sell-out 2018 run, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wang is back with a new hour of absolute gold. He has made a name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) plumbing the depths of his mixed British-Malaysian heritage and exploring the spicy worlds of sex and romance, in shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart/silly stupidity. This one is about morality and our modern sense of self. Cool!

Phil has appeared on Australian TV in The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and The Great Debate. His growing list of UK TV appearances include 8 Out of 10 Cats Does CountdownRoast Battle and Live at the Apollo, as well as in his own mini Netflix special.

Arj Barker – “We Need To Talk”

Back by popular demand for a strictly limited season. ‘Hey, you got a hour? Look, I’ve been doing a shit-ton of thinking about… us, and where we’re headed. This isn’t easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard.

Cal Wilson – “Gifted Underachiever”

Cal’s been at this whole life thing for a while now, but she still hasn’t quite nailed it.

How can you reach your potential when someone left it on the top shelf?




Cal’s not sure if she has imposter syndrome or if she’s just faking it. Everyone else seems to have got it together but she’s still not sure she has all the pieces.

Why don’t people pull over for ambulances? Has she done enough with her life? Does anyone eat Brussels sprouts by choice? Cal has questions about everything, which makes her annoying to watch a movie with.

Urzila Carlson – “Loser”

Loser is almost always negative. I’ve lost my keys, a relative, my mind, money, dignity… it’s only positive when you lose some weight. Why? If you meet someone awesome would you not want there to be more of them? Why can your friends not see your fatness but your family and doctor can see nothing but your fatness? Why is losing so hard? The truth is, we’re all losers in some form and at some point we’ll hit our rock bottom. Are you prepared? Get ready losers, let’s tackle our failures. What’s the worst that can happen?

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Author Jason Manderson

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