The 26th Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been launched at the Arts Centre in the city.

The 26th Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been launched in the city by lord mayor Robert Doyle

Each year, the event plays host to a wide range of emerging and established talents and takes place at several venues, including the Spiegeltent Arts Centre in Melbourne, where Mr Doyle officially launched the festivities.

In total, more than 400 comedic events will be hosted across 129 venues in the Australian city, including banjo performances, acrobatics and even a live action silent film.

Names on the line-up this year include Hannah Gadsby, Tom Green and Celia Pacquola.

Festival director Susan Provan said, “Our favourite, well-established local comedians will bring us the fruit of their past year’s work in new shows bound to please fans.”

Melbourne is host to many festivals during the summer months, with the Moomba Festival bringing colour and fun to the city’s streets earlier this month.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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