Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) director Susan Provan has announced the festival’s cancellation in a statement, saying it was a “difficult decision” to make.

It’s with a heavy heart we say, following the PM’s announcement about non-essential mass gatherings, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival. We’re devastated by the news and look forward to sharing a laugh with you again soon.

More news as it comes to hand – some smaller shows at smaller venues may still be going ahead but this is hard to predict at this time