Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala

A good laugh is a mighty good thing!



Get your fill of both giggles AND goodness yet again when Oxfam teams up with Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) to present the Comedy Festival Gala.

Laugh, giggle and guffaw to your heart’s content as the cream of the comedy crop, from Australia and overseas, take to the stage, donating their time and wit to support Oxfam’s life-changing work.

This year, the festival runs from 27 March to 21 April, marking 24 sidesplitting, poverty-tackling years of partnership with Oxfam.

Alas, tickets to the Gala have sold out! But don’t despair; you can still partake in the hilarity (and tackle poverty) by watching the television broadcast. Tune in to the ABC on Sunday 31 March at 8:30pm, or catch up on iView.

And there are plenty of other ways to get involved:

Make change with spare change

Poverty is no laughing matter. But what if your giggles could improve someone’s life?

Round up your ticket price to any MICF show by a few dollars when you book online — and make change happen with your spare change.

While you settle in to enjoy the show, your gift will be busy at work, helping Oxfam tackle poverty around the world. Your $5 change can give a Nepalese family a bucket to collect safe drinking water after floods devastate their home. Or $50 can build a brand new tap stand for the whole community.

A text is all it takes

NEWSFLASH: You have the power to tackle poverty in the palm of your hand.

Simply text the word SMILE to 1996 77 77 and donate $5 per SMS message to Oxfam’s Comedy Gala appeal — you and Oxfam, tackling poverty together.

A $5 donation charge will appear on your mobile bill or usage history. Available on eligible plans and services only. Currently not available on Optus or prepaid. Persons under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to donate. We may keep you updated by phone or SMS. Please read the full Terms and Conditions or call 1800 008 110 for more information.

So go on… give a gift, have a giggle.

Want to do more?

Kindness is just as contagious as laughter. If you can’t contain your kindness in a text message, hit the button below to find out more about the amazing change you can create with a more substantial gift.