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Melbourne International Comedy Festival



This year's Guest artists include...

Rich Hall
Rich Hall
USA

Lynn Ferguson
Lynn Ferguson
Scotland

Joe Avati
Joe Avati
Australia
MELBOURNE, 6 April 1999 - Melburnians and visitors to the Victorian capital are rocking with laughter as the city's annual International Comedy Festival gets under way. The Festival which started 1 April runs until 25 April 1999.

When the Festival began in 1987, it was very much a grass roots organisation, springing from the abundance of comic talent in Australia (particularly Melbourne). Public demand for access to Australian and international comedy at its finest, and the local comedy community's desire to shine a spotlight on what they have in the city and celebrate it, did the rest.

Melburnians love comedy. The pubs, clubs, cabarets and back bars of the city are an extraordinarily fertile breeding ground for funny people.

Even the Melbourne Town Hall, once the no-mess fortress of the ruling class City Fathers, has embraced the role of Comedy Festival Fun Palace and becomes an overflowing Comedy Central every April.

In 1998, the Festival presented over 1700 perfermances by some 1500 artists during 120 different events. Over 350,000 visitors attended the Festival which also got wide television coverage.

A vast programme of Australian and international events await this year's visitors including one-man shows, films, music and theatre.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne
Australia
Until 25 April 1999
Get full details at : http://www.vicnet.net.au/~comfest/

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