Melbourne International Comedy Festival cabaret, circus and all the rest

If you have an allergy to stand-up, there's still plenty to see in this year's program
Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo, MICF 2018 photo supplied
Photograph: Supplied

There are more than 600 shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and while most of those are just one person and a microphone, there's much more than stand-up on offer. New York cabaret star Lady Rizo's brilliant Red, White and Indigo covers one of the most tumultuous love affairs of her life – the one she has with the US – while the all-male burlesque troupe Briefs is back in Melbourne.

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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