For those who love an event filled with hilarious, laugh out loud, side splitting, clichι-filled good humour, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back for another year.
Running from March 27th-April 21st, the festival is again boasting an array of comedic brilliance, a sure fire way to fill your life with the gag medicine.
If you haven't attended before/aren't completely up with who's hot on the joke circuit, it's hard to know who to go and see, as there are nearly 500 local and international acts hitting the stages around Melbourne.
Stephen K Amos One of my favourite comedians, Stephen K Amos is British of Nigerian origin, and often plays this up in his shows which usually are a mix of observational humour, black humour, and human interaction. He is known for getting audience members involved so should you be easily offended, best to sit up the back (and in all honestly those easily offended may not be best suited at a comedy festival at all..) 22 Shows, March 28th April 21st
Ross Noble With a more abstract comedic style, everything about Ross Noble's acts are fast-paced and full of quick laughs. His single show this year 'Mindbender' will no doubt live up to his reputation of creating freewheeling and improvised hilarity out of random nonsense. Often flying off on tangents, Noble will be sure to deliver a comedy act nothing short of unique and ridiculously funny. 1 show, April 18th Hisense Arena
Kitty Flanagan Dubbed as 'Australia's hottest female comedian right now' (The West Australian) Kitty Flanagan has no shame; always dabbling into bits about women, teenagers, babies and the hard-hitting questions surrounding these comedic targets. Flanagan is painfully witty and most enjoys poking fun at herself. 12 shows, April 9th to April 21st - Athenaeum Theatre
Wil Anderson Will Anderson has been praised by critics and audiences in recent times for his down to earth, straight up Aussie persona on stage, using a sharpness in his act that sets him apart from others. His show this year 'GoodWil' promises to be just how it always has, intelligent thoughts spun into pure hilarity. Wil Anderson will make you laugh. 22 shows, March 28th to April 21st Princess Theatre
Apart from the solo acts, there are also several special events that combine several comedians in one show.
The Great Debate is one of the best to attend, in which there are a group of comedians divided into 'negative' and 'affirmative' teams, who debate the chosen topic. It ultimately comes down to a battle of wits, in which team can produce the most gags while arguing their view. April 7th Melbourne Town Hall
There is also the Gala in which several comedians come together to produce one big show. Tickets sell out in the blink of an eye though so get in quick.