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Your ultimate guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

It's that time again: when hundreds of funny men and women vie for your chuckles in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Join us as we delve into the strange and wonderful world of being a comedian, and share our top picks to the shows to see

Photographer: Dan Boud

Being a comedian, from script to stage

At home with Hannah Gadsby
Comedy

At home with Hannah Gadsby

Gadsby is relishing the calm before the storm when we visit her for tea and biscuits

Writing a show with Matt Okine
Comedy

Writing a show with Matt Okine

Even with a morning radio slot, the Sydney-based comic still finds time to write new material

Touring with Tom Ballard
Comedy

Touring with Tom Ballard

Is a career on the road gruelling, or are touring comedians living the dream?

Performing with Urzila Carlson
Comedy

Performing with Urzila Carlson

The New Zealand darling sheds some light on why the hell anyone would want to go on stage

What to see if you like...

Absurdist comedy
Comedy

Absurdist comedy

Sometimes the sharpest insights into human behaviour come in the form of non-sequiturs and ridiculous juxtapositions

Confessional comedy
Comedy

Confessional comedy

Deeply personal stories told with impeccable timing by master storytellers

Observational comedy
Comedy

Observational comedy

On-point observational comedy is revelatory and deeply satisfying

Political comedy
Comedy

Political comedy

Banding together for a good old laugh at the state of things can be a heartening experience

Read our Comedy Festival reviews
Comedy

Read our Comedy Festival reviews

Don't miss the must-see funnypeople at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival