Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2021
Melbourne is once again the funniest city in the world (at least for three weeks). The annual festival of laughs and chuckles is back after the 2020 program was cancelled.
Joel Creasey’s Messy Bitch is a rollercoaster through the comedian's life in and out of the spotlight, unfiltered and unscripted. Deadpan and bang on, Geraldine Hickey brings smart and frank comedy with her show What a Surprise. Diana Nguyen’s Chasing Keanu Reaves is a love letter to the Matrix and John Wick star, while also exploring love and being a fool for it. And real-life comedian couple Anne Admonds and Lloyd Langford mix Business With Pleasure in a nationally touring show that tackles their relationship and being locked down together for most of 2020.
There are group shows, too – the 28 bearded blokes of Dustyesky are performing spirited renditions of Russian songs (to great comedic effect), while the hosts of cult podcast Dragon Friend play an original Dungeons & Dragons adventure onstage. And in family-friendly superhero show Groovyman, set in the last days of disco, can the eponymous hero and his sidekick The Boy Funkster save the day?
Plus, showcases from the best of the Edinburgh Festival, British comedians and the best of Wagga Wagga, aka up-and-coming comedians from country NSW; and comedy pub crawls through Fitzroy, St Kilda and the western 'burbs.