The 2023 Melbourne Comedy Festival has arrived just in time to lift our spirits from the seasonal blues. With a staggering 954 shows listed in the program, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect one for you and your friends so we’ve rounded up some of the festival’s top picks that are sure to have you laughing all night long.
1. Hot Department
Honor Wolff and Patrick Durnan Silva are the breath of fresh gas Australian comedy needs. Watch them effortlessly mix sketch, musical theatre and mutual masturbation. Yes, prepare for a lot of mess. In 2020, Hot Department won the Green Room Award for Best Ensemble in Cabaret.
2. Hannah Cammaleri
After winning the Comedy New Work Award at the 2022 Melbourne Fringe, Hannah returns with this chef’s menu of sketch comedy designed to delight and inspire. We just can’t wait to see more of the earnest, but equally hilarious school teacher ‘Barb’.
3. Murder Village: An Improvised Whodunnit
Join Melbourne’s top improvisers in Murder Village, an Agatha Christie-inspired improvised mystery show. With unique, audience-suggested mysteries and secret ballot voting, solve the crime before the final reveal. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed experience!
4. Anna Perry Ready To Burst!
Prepare to laugh until it hurts with Anna, the witty and astute comedian known for impeccable timing and audacious observations. With over a decade of experience, Anna’s charming stage presence reveals hilarious truths about parenting, relationships, and modern life.