This week marks the beginning of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In honour of its 30th year celebration, I would like to present a top 10 list of interesting and fun facts. Did you know any of these interesting facts? And feel free to add more in the comments below.
Top 10 Fun Facts about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
- The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the third largest comedy festival in the world behind the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival.
- MICF started in 1987 by John Pinder, Barry Humphries and Peter Cook featuring 56 separate shows.
- Rod Quantock is the only comedian to perform at all 30 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals.
- This year, there are over 130 venues across Melbourne hosting performances during the festival.
- The average ticket price for a show at MCIF is $24
- The Melbourne Town Hall became the festival’s hub in 1990. In its early years, most performances occured at either the Fitzroy’s Universal Theatre and Melbourne’s historical Anthenaeum Theatre.
- In 2010, with an attendance of 508,000 and earning a revenue of AUD$10.9 million the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was ranked as Australia’s largest cultural event.
- MICF has a strong reputation amongst comedians/performers as a festival where playing is encouraged. British journalist, Simon Fanshawe says, “ [MICF is] the most relaxed, least fevered and probably the most audience friendly of all the festivals.”
- Australian comedian, Josh Thomas is the youngest winner at the age of 17 to have won the MICF Raw Comedy Competition in 2005.
- Since 1988, cartoonist Michael Leunig has designed the artwork for the festival program and other advertising materials.
Wishing all the talent involved in MICF a great run! Looking forward to seeing some great acts.
For more information about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, or to purchase tickets please visit www.comedyfestival.com.au.