THE Melbourne International Comedy Festival program launched yesterday, revealing a line-up of local and international queer comedians performing throughout the festival.

The launch of Australia’s largest cultural event was hosted by gay comedian Joel Creasey, whose show Rock God is one of many queer acts on offer in the festival’s massive program.

The program sees other gay Australian comedy royalty take to the stage, with new shows from Bob Downe, Adam Richard and the internationally-acclaimed Hannah Gadsby, who along with her stand-up show will bring back her sell-out series of less-than-serious art lectures at the National Gallery of Victoria.

As always the festival has attracted an array of international talent, and big name favourites like Stephen K Amos and Julian Clary will return with shows likely to sell out the festival’s bigger venues.

Young, gay stand-up comedians are also particularly prominent, with offerings from critically-acclaimed young comedy festival regulars like Nath Valvo and Tom Ballard and relative newcomers like Thomas Jaspers and Brodi Lucas.

On the cabaret end of the spectrum, Will Hannagan and James Halloran will present the camp double bill Homos in Kimonos, and comedy duo Dean Arcuri and Jonathan Duffy will team up for HashFagz, both fresh from hit shows in Midsumma.

For more information about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival program visit www.comedyfestival.com.au.

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