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We have a tradition in our family of attending the Comedy Festival each year. It didn't start when my children were kids but rather when they were in their late teens. It has been a great tradition and something to look forward to each year.
I am sure it is something about the family who laughs together sticks together through thick and thin. In any case it is one of those great experiences that Melbourne offers as part of its packed yearly calendar.
It is great that for the last few years there is increasingly an emphasis on comedy for children, so you can start your kids off early on this great Melbourne tradition, especially as some of the Comedy Festival usually falls during the Easter school holidays period.
Having specific kids shows is a great idea because at least parents know that the comedy is aimed at their children's level and that it might be off-beat but it won't be too risque.
The Comedy Club for Kids has a stellar line-up of local and international acts. These include the Chipolatas three young lads, who combine juggling, music, clowning and acrobatics. Wizard Sandwiches, five young men who are simply absurd and have great jokes for kids aged 6 to 12. You can also see Jason Chong who is really spot on about the funny experiences of being a child. See video below.
You can also see Anne Edmonds, Nicki Britton, Tom Flanagan, Matt Okine, Dr Professor Neal Portenza and many more.
The comedians only ask one thing of children - "Adults must be supervised by a child at all times."