Sixteenth year association with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival brings a million reasons to smile

Events, Media Releases article written on the 01 Apr 2011

As the Melbourne International Comedy Festival marks it’s 25th Anniversary, Oxfam Australia is also celebrating a successful 16 year association with the Festival’s spectacular opening night Gala.

The Festival’s generous partnership with Oxfam over the last sixteen years has seen the opening Gala raise more than one million dollars for the international aid and development agency via ticket proceeds and public donations made during the follow up Network Ten telecast.

All the comedians generously donate their talents and time to the sell-out event, investing their energies into raising laughs from the audience and funds for Oxfam Australia’s vital work.

Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andrew Hewett said the Gala is not only a significant fundraising event for the organisation, but provides a unique opportunity to reach new audiences and raise awareness of how Australians can help communities and families around the world lift themselves out of poverty.

“The comedy gala not only raises vital money for our lifesaving work, but also raises awareness about issues facing poor people around the globe.

“We congratulate the Comedy Festival on another successful fundraising gala and for their continued support of Oxfam Australia,” Andrew Hewett said.

This year’s comedy Gala hosted by Josh Thomas, from Network Ten’s Talkin’ About My Generation, featured a stellar line-up of Australian and international comedians including Stephen K Amos, Denise Scott, Kitty Flanagan, Wil Anderson and Tom Gleeson, showcasing excerpts from their Festival shows.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala will be screened on Network Ten, on Monday April 4th at 8.30pm. To donate to Oxfam Australia please go to

For further media Information please contact Oxfam Media Co-ordinator Charlotte Greig email: and m:0404 111 919.