One of the biggest comedy festivals in the world is about to launch itself on Melbourne. Now in it’s 27th year, the annual Melbourne Comedy Festival kicks off March 27 for three weeks of big belly laughs and transforms the cultural capital of Australia into the centre of the comedy universe.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
It’s a three-course meal that’s turned into a three-ring circus with the antics of everyone’s favourite bumbling, non-English-speaking waiter Manuel, the worst hotel proprietor in the world Basil Fawlty and the dulcet tones of his nagging wife Sybil. Tickets for Faulty Towers start from $79 and include a three-course meal and pre-dinner drinks.
When: April 3 to April 21
Where: The Aegean.
The very irreverent Akmal puts a hilarious spin on hot, sometimes even taboo topics. This year he claims to be appearing in high definition 3D (glasses not included). From the minute he opens his mouth you’ll be laughing your guts out. Akmal who? He’s the funny Arab bald dude who has had regular appearances on Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, Thank God You’re Here and Rove Live.
When: April 4 to April 14
Where: Athenaeum Theatre
Easily offended? Stay at home! Internationally-acclaimed and homegrown funnyman and former frontman of Spicks and Specks, Adam Hills boldly goes where many comedians dare not tread. His edgy, almost awkward humour is a refreshing change compared to bog standard stand-up routines and with real laugh-out-loud moments.
When: April 11 to April 21
Where: Princess Theatre
Ruby Wax is Out of Her Mind. Loud, brash and an award-winning comedienne, author, writer, star of Girls on Top and script editor for Absolutely Fabulous, Ruby Wax will take the Melbourne Town Hall by storm. Always able to see the funny side of life, Wax addresses her experience with mental illness and the misconcieved ideas that surround it.
When: March 28 to April 4
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The Body Poet
She’s a little bit weird, a little bit amazing and horrendously funny. Imagine Kate Bush with a face like Mr Bean. Sabrina D’Angelo is a master of facial acrobatics and clowning and will take you into her kooky world with characters like Evil Durian Lady, Baby Woman and Ethnic Elf.
When: April 13 to April 21
Where: Northcote Town Hall Studio 2
Often referred to as looking like a demonic scarecrow, Ross Noble is back with a brand new live show. His quirky way of turning random nonsense into a hysterical night will have you in absolute stitches. He’s quick-witted, firey and just wings it when he gets on stage, so every show is hilariously different.
When: 8 April
Where: Hisense Arena
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Not in Melbourne?
The Brisbane Comedy Festival is almost coming to the end of its run and concludes on March 24. You’ll have to be quick to catch the last few acts.
The Sydney Comedy Festival kicks off from April 22 to May 11.
The Perth Comedy Festival runs from May 1 to May 19.