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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

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by Mia Ferreira (subscribe)
Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
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The mimosas were flowing early at The Famous Spiegeltent this morning to celebrate the launch of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) - because, as our MC Tommy Little said, what else do comedians have to do at 10:30am on a Tuesday morning!

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Tommy Little

I'm not sure what that says about me... I'm no comedian but I do enjoy a good pelvic-floor-strengthening, ab-crunching, snot-sucking rip-snorter. Yes, I love to laugh (and a free glass of bubbly!) - who doesn't!

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The Famous Spiegeltent

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
A morning celebration drink

But comedy is not just 'funny business' - it's an art. An art that Lord Mayor Sally Capp acknowledged "takes courage, to put yourself out there."

You see, comedy is serious-business too. Like many other art-forms, it has the power to address important issues in our society, in a way that is more accessible and relatable - as Hannah Gadsby our (not so secret!) surprise guest has shown the world...

Hannah Gadsby
Hannah Gadsby

"I believe there is, a revolution in comedy about to happen," she said at this morning's celebration. "A real, big, global revolution. I believe that, it's a revolution where the joke is not the only tool in the comedian's kit. It's a revolution where the joke is not the only reason for a comedian to speak. And I think this festival is a good part responsible for the situation in Australia... In comedy, in Australia where we already have an enormous amount of talent working well beyond the mould set by club and pub comedy."

While Hannah's MICF shows are (not surprisingly) sold out, there are plenty of other shows to see! From popular comedians like Dave Hughes, Tom Gleeson, Judith Lucy, Celia Pacquola and Anne Edmonds to new and up-and-coming performers (who I'll be reviewing in the coming weeks) like Rachael Millanta, Tara Rankin, Head First Acrobats and RHYMEZONE (Cristina 'Rhyme' Spizzica and Jeremy 'Zone' Hughes).

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The Lord Mayor Sally Capp

This year's festival boasts a record-breaking line-up of 616 shows in over 100 venues and totalling more than 7,700 performances across 26-days. It's the largest festival in Australia and according to our Lord Mayor, "Victorian's spend more money on live shows than any other state."

The Lord Mayor also reminded us that, "it's much easier to make people cry, than to make people laugh" - so head to the MICF website and support our talented local and international comedians and artists.

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Flo & Joan

To give us a taste of what's in store at the 33rd MIFC, we were treated to a little musical ditty from UK sister-duo Flo and Joan - a song about a legless lady named Linda in the woods. Their unique mix of harmony and humour, sweet and sharp lyrics had the room in a fit of giggles - and the recorder solo gave the quirky performance a nostalgic touch.

Also in attendance at the official opening today was The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Festival Director Susan Provan AO and Festival Chair, Bill Shannon.

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