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Just about over for another MICF…

…but we hope to be back again, soon! Thanks to all our great audiences, especially tonight’s – we’re sold out! Though we might be able to squeeze a few more in if you try your luck at the door… Otherwise, follow the link above and book for tomorrow night, which is filling up too!

We hope to see you at one of our last nights, or if not, see you when we return – which hopefully won’t be too far away. Watch this space!

The tour begins!

Yes – it’s finally here – the 2012 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour starts tonight! And we couldn’t be more excited. After months of rehearsals and workshops, last night our intrepid tour guides Narcissa (Petra Elliott), Dave (Dave Lamb), Vic (Nadia Collins) and host Ben McKenzie roamed through the dark and empty space of the museum after hours to put the final polish on their presentations for the public.

Will it be a smooth ride? Will there be personality clashes and mayhem? There’s only one way to find out – see you on this year’s Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour!

New recruit: Nadia Collins

As we head towards the start of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Museum Comedy tour guides are working hard to develop the very best tour. And this year, that’s meant bringing on an extra pair of hands and an extra comedy brain, in the form of improviser and comedian Nadia Collins! Nadia, who regularly performs with The Big Hoo-Haa and has also been a guest in Dungeon Crawl, joins Dave Lamb, Petra Elliott and Museum Comedy founder Ben McKenzie for this year’s tour. I’d love to tell you more – but I couldn’t possibly give away any spoilers! Let’s just say this year won’t be quite like the last four…

Remember that Museum Comedy tours are now on sale; click on book tickets in the menu above to get started. Tickets will also be available at the door, but only if a particular night hasn’t sold out in advance, so get your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out!

Photos allowed

Last week, the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour cast for 2012 went into the museum early in the morning to take some publicity photos with our regular photographer, Robert Young. You can see how our photos turned out on the new Images page; Robert as usual has done an amazing job. Check out some of Robert’s other photos, plus his commentary on these and some of his Dungeon Crawl photos, at his web site, R W Young Images.

But hey, you can see the publicity photos everywhere – that’s what they’re for! So, as a bonus for visiting our site, here are some exclusive behind the scenes photographs from our photo shoot and our explorations of Melbourne Museum:

Coming back for 2012!

Museum Comedy is back for 2012 – like you’ve never seen it before!

We’ve been putting laughter into museums for five years, and to celebrate we’ve scoured the world for the most eccentric, charming, awkward and creepy experts we could find.

Join science comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, Political Asylum, “one of Melbourne’s kings of geek comedy” – Chortle AU), Shakespearean actor Dave Lamb (Bell Shakespeare, The Bazura Project) and singer, actress and puppeteer Petra Elliott (Inside Out – La Mama) as they bring to life a collection of tour guides you won’t meet anywhere else.

Book early. This collection won’t last.

Tickets now on sale via the Book Tickets link above!

Thank you!

The Comedy Festival is over for another year, and so is the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.

A big thank you to our wonderful tour guides this year: Kate McLennan (aka Sammy Simpkins), Stella Young, Amanda Buckley and Danny McGinlay! Plus a big thank you to Bernard Caleo and all at Melbourne Museum who help make this event possible every year, especially all the volunteers who assist in the running of the tour every night. And of course, a big thank you to you, the Museum Comedy audience, who came out in droves to make the tour a knockout success for the fourth year in a row! We do it all for you, after all, and we promise we’ll be back – hopefully sooner than you think!

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of comedy going on throughout the year, so get out and have a laugh every now and then. Check out the web sites of our Tour Guides to see when and where they’ll be making people laugh in future, and if you want to see more of lead tour guide Ben McKenzie, his monthly nerdy impro comedy show Dungeon Crawl continues from May 4th – see Shaolin Punk for details.

Starting to sell out!

Yes, the 2011 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour is getting full – this Saturday is already sold out, and there are only a handful of tickets left for opening night tonight. You can always try your luck buying tickets at the door, but if you want to make sure you get in, book using the link above!


If you’d like to hear more about Museum Comedy from the horse’s mouth, as it were, then check out this YouTube interview. In between David Heffron (It’ll All End In Spears) and Geraldine Quinn (You’re the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac), Sam Streeter from Word of Mouth Reviews talks with Museum Comedy head tour guide Ben McKenzie about his other show, Dungeon Crawl, and the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.

Comedy Tour starts this week!

This Wednesday, April 13, the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour kicks off for 2011. If you’re planning on coming along, better book soon – a couple of nights are nearly sold out already!

See you in the Museum.

Museum Comedy in the Sun!

The Herald-Sun, that is! Yes, you can find head tour guide Ben McKenzie in an article about comedy tours in this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, alongside Rod Quantock (The History of the Melbourne Comedy Festival: A Walking Tour), Hannah Gadsby (Hannah Gadsby Celebrates NGV’s 150th) and Jo O’Callaghan (Op Shop Tour of Melbourne: Put the Op Back in Shop). In fact, we were in the Herald-Sun twice – there’s a teaser article and the main one.

It really is a bumper crop of comedy tours this year; I’m going to try and make it to all the other ones, and I’d encourage you to to the same!

You’ll also notice we’ve announced our line-up for the 2011 tour: this year, Ben McKenzie is joined by television star and character comedy queen Kate McLennan (Best Newcomer MICF 2007 and Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2006 for The Debutante Diaries), No Limits host and now Ramp Up editor Stella Young (two-time Victorian state Raw Comedy finalist), Australia’s Three Michelin Star comedian Danny McGinlay (Food Dude: Recipes for Disaster, The 7pm Project) and improviser extraordinary and veteran of the Mythic Creatures Comedy Tour, Amanda Buckley (Impro Australia, Beaconsfield the Musical).

We’ll be adding profiles of our new tour guides shortly, as well as noting their appearance dates in the gig guide here on the site. But for now, if you want tickets for the tour, get booking – they’re starting to really move!

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