From Susan Provan, director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
"Following the Prime Minister’s announcement about non-essential mass gatherings, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The success of our Festival is in the way that comedy transforms our city for the inspiration and entertainment of hundreds of thousands of comedy lovers.
Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our artists and participants, staff and audiences. Cancelling the Festival is heartbreaking but the only decision possible to support the community’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We’re devastated by the news but thank everyone for their understanding and support.
No decision has been made about the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, due to commence in late April."