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    Class Clowns | Ballarat Heat

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    Class Clowns aims to inspire, engage and elevate teens aged 14-18 who are hoping to flex their funny bone and get into comedy.

    All you need is 3-5 minutes of original comedy material of any genre. Stand-up, sketch, narrative, solo, group, musical, physical – all are welcomed.

    Heats are held around the country and comprise 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!

    The funniest entrants go on to compete in state finals, with the winners invited to participate in the National Grand Final during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! 

    The winner will earn themselves a sweet $1,500 cash prize and a workshop package for their school. 

    If you’re a funny teen, or the teacher, parent or guardian of one, visit the Class Clowns website to register and to learn more.

    About Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns program

    Class Clowns has a celebrated history. For over 25 years, the program has helped hundreds of young people develop their comedy potential. Past Class Clowns participants including Joel Creasey, Annie Louey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have all gone on to have a career in showbiz.

    In addition to workshop and performance opportunities, all registered Class Clowns participants are provided with access to expert advice through an exclusive series of videos from some of Australia’s funniest folk filled with tips and tricks to help get budding performers started on their comedy journey.

    -- Watch Erin Almeida, last year's Ballarat Heat winner, and WINNER of the National Grand Final, below --


    This event takes place on Wadawurrung Country. Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute acknowledges the Wadawurrung People of the Kulin Nation as the first inhabitants and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we work, learn and create. Always Was, Always Will Be, Aboriginal Land.


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