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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Australia's finest

Which locals should get some love at this year's festival? Here are our favourite Australian funny folks

By Ben Neutze

It's called the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but the biggest highlights frequently come from the locals. This year's line-up features plenty of favourites of the Australian stand-up scene – Hannah Gadsby, Judith Lucy and Nazeem Hussain are all returning to the festival – alongside some relative newcomers, on the verge of major stardom.

And make sure you check out our ultimate guide to the festival, as well as the best international acts who'll be gracing Melbourne stages.

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