Every year the Melbourne Comedy Festival puts out a call for comedy enthusiasts (aka: ‘comedy nuts’) to apply for The Funny Tonne, a competition to see just how many shows it is possible for one person to see during the Festival. Applicants are interviewed and a few lucky lads or lasses, oozing stamina and enthusiasm, get a pass to see as many shows as they can for the whole month.
With a unique Comedy Passport in hand, three Festival fans join the Amazing Race of comedy, using their own tactics to try and win the title. Each Funny Tonne competitor reviews show they see and posts them on the Comedy
Festival website daily.
With over 450 shows in the Comedy Festival in 2013, Funny Tonners have to be strategic, each with their own plan to stay strong and endure the sheer volume of jokes being thrown at them for 25 days straight.
The record for The Funny Tonne is held by Funny Tonner Kath Dolgehuy, whose eyeballs and earholes witnessed a whopping 145 shows during the 2011 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
To enter, comedy-lovers can go to www.comedyfestival.com.au. Once selected, Funny Tonner participants are set free to seek their comedy fate. The winner will be announced during the 16th Annual Comedy Festival
Awards on Saturday 20 April.