Screen Presence 24 - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Some of the best in Asian-Australian comedy come together for this jam-packed showcase! Screen Presence 24 includes stand-up comedy favourites, industry round tables, international guests and will finish with the Australian premiere of a brand new ABC comedy series – White Fever.

Book for Sessions 1 & 2 and save! Please note that the Screening for White Fever is a free event, however bookings are required.

Half-price tickets for RMIT students using code RMIT50 when checking out.

Location: The Capitol theatre, 113 Swanston St, Melbourne

Session 1: 11am (120mins) 

Deconstructing Comedy - Leading industry creatives come together to discuss and deconstruct the craft of comedy – what makes something funny on screen? And is anything off limits?

  • Moderator: Todd Abbott (ABC) 
  • Guests: Corrie Chen (Writer / Director), Ra Chapman (Writer / Actor), Vidya Rajan (Writer / Comedian) 

Screen Presence 24 Trailblazer Award - The Trailblazer Award acknowledges ground-breaking industry contribution by an Asian-Australian creative. Presented by the Museum of Chinese Australian History.  Recipient to be announced.

The Rejection Letters - From bad reviews to mean comments and horrible advice – comedians share moments of 'no' they turned into a big 'yes!’, or at least into more material...

  • Featuring: Sam See, Sashi Perera, Jenny Tian and He Huang

Session 2: 1.30pm (90mins)

What Kind of Asian Are You? - Between smashing stereotypes and living up to your parents expectations, there’s no right way to answer this, but some of the best Asian comics will try... '

  • Moderator: Beverley Wang
  • Guests: Joel Kim Booster, Jason Leong and Niki Aken

Comedy Gems - A treasure trove of laughs, Comedy Gems features a hilarious line-up of some of Melbourne International Comedy Festival's comedians giving us a taster of their solo shows.

  • Featuring: Lizzy Hoo, Takashi Wakasugi, Urvi Majumdar, Nina Oyama, Harry Jun and Diana Nguyen

FREE Screening: 3.15pm (90mins)

White Fever Premiere - The official premiere of ABC’s newest comedy series White Fever, created by and starring Ra Chapman, which follows Jane, a 35-year-old Korean-Australian adoptee, on a quest to reprogram her whitewashed libido after being called out for having a ‘white man fetish’. 

  • Featuring Melbourne's K-Pop Dance Crew – AO Crew. 



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