Melbourne International Comedy Festival is launching a free digital stand-up series

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is launching a free digital stand-up series

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Words by Kate Streader

Hosted by Nazeem Hussain, The Standup Sessions will feature sets from Frank Woodley, Denise Scott and more.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival has teamed up with the state government to bring some laughs to Victorians in lockdown as part of the government’s Victoria Together digital platform.

The resulting series, titled The Standup Sessions, will run across five weeks featuring sets from some of Melbourne’s most beloved comedians.

Launching on Tuesday August 25, the series will be hosted by Nazeem Hussain with performances from headliners Frank Woodley, Em Rusciano, Denise Scott, Rhys Nicholson and Geraldine Hickey as well as rising stars Daniel Connell, Annie Louey, Jude Perl, Kirsty Webeck, Michael Naawi and Alex Ward.

“We’re thrilled to home-deliver laughs to all those Victorian comedy fans who cannot head out to the live comedy shows they love right now. It’s also exciting to share the joy of performers who have been missing exercising their funny bones on Melbourne’s stages,” said Melbourne International Comedy Fesival Director, Susan Provan AO.

“We’ve all been sanitising non-stop for weeks waiting for the call to get back on stage and make people laugh. It seems like now, more than ever, Victorians need a good time, and I have a feeling these shows are gonna be just that,” added Hussain.

The Standup Sessions launches on Tuesday August 25 at 7:30pm, with new episodes at the same time each week until Tuesday September 22. Tune in via the Together Victoria website

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