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Class Clowns

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens!

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival's one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition encourages teenagers with a talent for comedy to unleash their comic voice through stand-up, sketch, musical or physical comedy.

Either register to attend a free workshop and compete or come support and see the next generation of Australian comedians hit the stage in this special teenage comedy bash!

Know a student who wants to be named Australia's funniest teen?

All they need is 3-5 minutes of original comedy material of any genre. Stand-up, sketch, narrative, solo, group, musical, physical – all are welcomed. Heats are being held around the country and comprise a 2-hour workshop where students rehearse and refine their act with the help of a professional comedian, followed by an opportunity to perform for a live audience!

The funniest entrants go on to compete in state finals, with the winners invited to participate in the National Grand Final during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! The winner will earn themselves a sweet $1,500 cash prize and a workshop package for their school.

If you’re a funny teen, or the teacher, parent or guardian of one visit to register and to learn more.


  • It's FREE
  • Tuesday 21 February
  • Ages 14-18 years
  • Workshop for competitors: 4pm - 6pm
  • Performance Heats: 7pm - 8pm
  • At Geelong Arts Centre’s Limelight (Studio 4) - Entry via 81 Ryrie Street
  • You will need a 3-5 minute set of original comedy material
  • Can be a group of up to 3 people


Our school wants to support and watch the next generation of Australian comedians...

Come see the next generation of Australian comedians hit the stage in this special teenage comedy bash!


  • Performances 7pm - 8pm
  • Tickets to watch the performance is $20pp

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About Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns program

Class Clowns has a celebrated history. For over 25 years, the program has helped hundreds of young people develop their comedy potential.

Past Class Clowns participants including Joel Creasey, Annie Louey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have all gone on to have a career in showbiz.

In addition to workshop and performance opportunities, all registered Class Clowns participants are provided with access to expert advice through an exclusive series of videos from some of Australia’s funniest folk filled with tips and tricks to help get budding performers started on their comedy journey.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is always on the look-out for the next generation of funny people, and there’s never been a better time to encourage the confidence, creativity and comedic talent of young Australians!


Limelight Studio (Studio 4)

Venue Address

Geelong Arts Centre

81 Ryrie St



Geelong Heat

Tuesday 21 February 2023


4pm - 6pm


7pm - 8pm

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2-hour Workshop

1-hour Performance


Teens between the age of 14-18