Full steam ahead for the simply hilarious reality that is The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Jam packed with all the sharp one-liners, rapier-like wit and imaginative constructs befitting the world’s third largest comedy festival, this year’s massive event contains over 600 acts all designed to give your laughing gear a Commando style work-out. The Gods will be there – Aunty Doona, Claire Hooper, Rich Hall, Joel Creasey, Cal Wilson, Arj Barker, Stephen K Amos, Hughesy, Lehmo, Tom Gleeson and the list goes on and on but spare a thought for those emerging comics or those first-timers, maybe, stepping into the proverbial lion’s den with their new gags gleaming like grandma’s fleshly polished silver. They want YOU!

The below is only a teeny sample of the fresh, new(ish) acts available for your laughing pleasure. Give them a go, be kind, and never spit on the person in front of you!

Mitch Garling  Tell Someone Who Cares

Daniel Connell Bit of Shush

Nadine Sparks  At Least I Have a Cat

Marcel Lucont’s Whine List

Michael Shafar Kosher Bacon

Stephanie Laing – Mad About the Boy

Virgin Bloody Mary

Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette

Jordan Barr How To be Sexy

Days of Our Hives