Melbourne Fringe 2022

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Melbourne Fringe is celebrating its 40th birthday, and we couldn’t be more excited to share in the celebration of art, comedy, music and more!

Returning for their first in-person festival in three years, the Melbourne Fringe program is jam-packed with over 450 shows, including more than one hundred comedy events to keep you laughing through October.

Catch up on the shows you missed earlier in the year with encore performances from some of the hottest acts from the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, snap up tickets to that award-winning show you missed, or head along to something new!

Golden Gibbo winner Alex Hines returns as her doppelganger in the award winning To Schappelle and Back, with fellow Golden Gibbo nominees Ross Purdy – Hey Hey It’s Doomsday­ and Ashley Apap – Ouch! bringing back their Melbourne International Comedy Festival showsPeek into the anxious brain of an aggressively optimistic dyslexic queer nightmare with the 2022 Best Newcomer Award winner Frankie McNair and their hilarious show, Relax Your Knees. After making their debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, fellow Best Newcomer nominee Sunanda Sachatrakul will perform their hit sold-out show, Sunanda Loves Britney.

Other returning shows include: Andy Saunders – Everything at The Same TimeAnnie Louey is Flirting With DeathAnna Piper Scott – Such An InspirationScout Boxall (2021 Best Newcomer nominee) – Buck Wild, Nat Harris (2021 Golden Gibbo Winner) – Sal + FriendsCompletely Improvised ShakespeareAurelia St. Clair – I Said What I SaidJosh Glanc – Vrooom VrooomKungari ComedyAlastair Baldwin – EverestCon Coutis – Half Steam Ahead!Eddie Pattison – Just SuperCherese Sonkkila & David Maney – LeggywegsQueerly BelovedChido Mwat – She-Naningans The ShowLou Wall – Bleep BloopGeraldine Quinn (2022 Golden Gibbo and Most Outstanding Show nominee) – BroadPrue Blake (2021 RAW Comedy National Winner) & Darcy Fleming – The Night CapWERK ITWoah, Alyssa! (2021 Golden Gibbo nominee), Jude Perl – Participation Award and Mel & Sam (2022 Golden Gibbo nominee) – Shit-Wrecked!

But that doesn’t even get us started, there’s also heaps of brand-new, and no doubt hilarious, shows to catch at Fringe, including: Takashi Wakasugi – Japanese WorryMichelle Brasier (2021 Most Outstanding Show nominee) – ‘She’, Michael Shafar – For Sale: New Jokes. Never Told.Nicolette Minster’s Net WorthElyce Phillips Pretends To Be On Tropical Holiday For 50 Minutes (Definitely Not A Scam)Hannah Camilleri (2021 Golden Gibbo Winner) – Lolly BagGranny BingoAndrew Hansen is CheapBradford Oakes – PIVOTAndrew Portelli – Va BeneHeath Franklin – Out Of CharacterImpromptunes – 10th Birthday Band-nanza! and heaps more!!



For something a little special, treat yourself to a night at RUNAWAY Festival Park, Melbourne Fringe’s new boutique festival playground and home of spectacular cabaret, laugh-out-loud comedy, new and experimental circus, and the very best in for-kids-only entertainment, right in the heart of the Queen Victoria Market precinct.

RUNAWAY Festival Park is part of Ignite Melbourne, amplifying Melbourne’s best festivals. Ignite Melbourne is a collaboration between Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and Midsumma Festival with support from the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund.

Melbourne Fringe is on from 6 to 23 October, so get some laughs, support our local comedy legends, and join in the birthday celebrations!

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