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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

Juliana Mare

Tue Mar 19 2013

Ronny Chieng, Can You Do This? No You Can’t, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

THE 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will feature some of the best comedians from across the globe. Juliana Mare brings you some of the highlights of the festival which runs from March 27 to April 21.

Malaysian Ronny Chieng brings the pain in his brand new hour special, as he shows you what he can do (and what you can't do) at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Malaysian Ronny Chieng brings the pain in his brand new hour special, as he shows you what he can do (and what you can’t do) at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

With more than 1000 comedians scheduled to perform, it’s no wonder Melbourne becomes a tourism hotspot for the three and a half week Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) from March 27 to April 21.

Celebrating its 27th year in 2013, the MICF features some of the finest comedians from abroad plus the best Aussie talent.

Do check out the full program online or download the free MICF iPhone app, and you’ll find there’s definitely more than just the usual stand-up comedy style gigs. With an oh-so-diverse mixture of comedy and cabaret, The Great Debate, short film screenings, musical comedy and an American version of the famous Dame Edna, there’s definitely a show that will pique your attention and no doubt leave you clutching your sides and doubling over in laughter.

Tracy Morgan is touring with his show 'Excuse My French'.

Tracy Morgan is touring with his show ‘Excuse My French’.

On top of the somewhat obscure performances, internationally renowned comedians such as Arj Barker, Stephen K Amos, Danny Bhoy and 30 Rock’s own Tracy Morganare set to wow Melbourne audiences this year too. Not to mention the all-star Aussie acts including Cal Wilson, Josh Thomas, Adam Hills (who’s performing his first solo show in three years), Wil AndersonJudith Lucy and literally hundreds more.

Malaysian Ronny Chieng, who was named Best Newcomer at the 2012 MICF, will return this year with a brand new hour-long special Can You Do This? No You Can’t.

Related story: Funny people – Ronny Chieng on life as a stand-up comedian.

Festival Director Susan Provan says this year will be the biggest the Festival has ever been.

“Our 2013 program is filled with treats and I urge every person who already loves comedy or who thinks they could, to investigate it thoroughly,” she says.

Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

One of these treats is the Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience – an internationally acclaimed dinner slash impromptu comedy show. The beloved characters from the 1970’s sitcom Fawlty Towers reappear as hosts to a three-course meal, mingling with the audience in a show that’s two thirds unscripted, raw comedy. Meld had a chance to review the show last year, and it was definitely one of the funniest dining experiences we ever had. Guaranteed to be unique, this show will be touring 20 countries this year, so catch it while you can in Melbourne.

The (very) Big Laugh Out, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

Rather than sticking to the confines of venues, the Comedy Festival also hits the CBD streets with The (Very) Big Laugh Out, a free outdoor, family orientated comedy program. With a splash of comedy from around the world, the Big Laugh Out features German, Irish, French, Canadian and Portuguese street performers.

Half a million comedy lovers are expected to flock to Melbourne for the Festival so don’t leave it until the last minute to book. Tickets to all shows are on sale now and can be purchased via the comedy festival website.

Who are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s Festival? Tell us in the comments below.