Keep in touch

Mail Chimp subscribe form goes here.

Class Clowns 2021 – Wollongong Heat

Wed 10 Mar

The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-a-kind national comedy competition for young people is now open. Class Clowns aims to inspire, engage and elevate teens aged 14-18 (Years 9 – 12). It’s free to enter, and all students need is a 3-5 minute original act in any style of comedy.

Heats around the country start with a 2-hour workshop, where students rehearse and refine their act with the help of a professional comedian, followed by an opportunity to perform for a live audience. Selected comedians go on to compete in state finals, with the winners invited to participate in the National Grand Final for a chance to win a cash prize of $1500, and a workshop package for their school.

For over two decades, Class Clowns has helped hundreds of funny, young peeps hone their comedy potential. Past participants like Joel Creasey, Annie Louey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on to have a career in showbiz, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is always on the look-out for the next generation of funny people.

If you’re the teacher, parent or guardian of a funny teen, head to to learn more and register your talented teen. There’s never been a better time to encourage the confidence, creativity and comedic talent of young Australians!

A note about the venue:
Please note that while we are operating in accordance with the NSW Public Health order, and at reduced capacities, The Music Lounge is a smaller, more intimate venue, and the audience is seated close together.

We are committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences, and have a COVID Safe Plan to help keep everyone safe that includes:

• Reduced capacities – up to 75% of our normal seating capacity. Empty seats are distributed throughout the theatre, however, you may have people seated next to you.
• Digital check-ins
• Additional cleaning and disinfecting of theatres and foyers
• Increased distance between performers and the audience
• Hand sanitising stations throughout our venues
• Trained staff to assist with COVID safety.

The use of face masks is encouraged.

When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well, and prepared to adhere to the safety practices of our venues. If you’re experiencing any COVID symptoms, even if they are very mild, please stay home and contact us prior to your event, and we will arrange a refund or exchange.

Click here for the most up-to-date information.


  • How grateful we are to have had our students share in this fantastic and unique opportunity! Each of them loved the experience of workshopping and performing in front of industry professionals, stepping out of their comfort zone and above all else, making people Laugh. - Erin Hull, Teacher, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Queensland
  • Any program that enhances young people’s perspectives and experiences we are happy to partner with, the comedy workshops introduced another dimension and aspect of performing Arts. - David Law, Indigenous Academy Manager Community Development at Anglicare
  • We love Class Clowns. So much. We get to hang with the next generation of Aussie comics and help them take their talent to the next level. - Aunty Donna, Sketch Comedy Group

Coming Up…