My favourite event of year has kicked off: Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Some people save for concert tickets, a holiday or a car but every year Rav and I brace our bank account for MICF. We spend up BIG. Last year we saw over 20 shows, although I have to admit that we got a couple of free tickets – but the rest was all banked rolled by us. We wait for the 24 in 24 sale in February, where a lot of tickets go on sale at $24 for 24 hours (if you didn’t pick up on that already), take advantage of Tightarse Tuesday and check out preview shows all in a bid to see as many shows as possible, for as little as possible.

Why do you spend so much on tickets? I hear you ask. Quite simply: we have the very best comedic talent gracing our city with their presence and we like to take advantage of that. This time of year is like Christmas to Rav and I. Plus we like to support the industry as well as our friends in it.

Here are some of the shows that Rav and I have bought tickets to so far:

Ivan Aristeguieta’s Juithy

We’re seeing this on our wedding anniversary because we’d rather sit in a dark room watching someone on stage than have to look at each other and communicate. Jokes.

Emergency Poncho’s Dan Taylor & Gerard Lane in Going In Dry

I’m totally biased because we’re friends but they’re amazing and only have THREE shows, so go see them!

Political Asylum’s Late Night Riot! Featuring Nazeem Hussain, Toby Halligan, Mathew Kenneally, Jess Moir, Atlanta Colley and secret guests

The yearly tradition for Rav and I is to have some drinks at Hairy Little Sista then roll into this late show. Perfection.

Judith Lucy & Denise Scott’s Disappointments

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see this show. Two ladies that I adore and admire, on stage together.

Tommy Little & Gossling’s Heartbreak & Hilarity

Again, I’m biased after working with Tommy but if you’ve seen him live then you’d agree that he is awesome. And who knew Gossling did stand up? I didn’t, but I do now and I’m on board.

Ginger & Tonic’s Desperate & Dateless

I saw a review that said “Pitch Perfect meets the Spice Girls” and I was sold.

Jeff Green’s Honestly!

The best was to restore calm at home when I was growing up was by putting on some comedy. Jeff Green has always been a family favourite, so it was about time I bought tickets to see him live.

Dane Simpson & Matt Ford in Aborigi-LOL

I wanted to see this last year and missed out so this was one of the first shows Rav and I bought tickets for.

Urzila Carlson’s Unacceptable

If you’ve somehow missed all of the hilarious appearances that Urzila has made on Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? You will just have to take my word for it that Urzila is well worth seeing. Promise.

Tom Ballard’s Boundless Plains to Share

So here’s the thing, I meant to see this last year. I can only assume I was intoxicated when I bought the tickets because I ended up buying tickets to his other show, The World Keeps Happening. Lucky for Tom it was an incredible show and I didn’t feel let down with my accidental ticket purchase.

As you can, Rav and I are more keen than a stage 5 clinger when it comes to MICF and I’m not even embarrassed to admit that. I’d happily spend every single night in town, watching a new show every night for the entire duration. But mumma isn’t made of money, so I have done my best and you should too. Whether you like stand up, musical comedy, improv or you’re looking for something to take the family to – you can find it. There are also FREE events. And free stuff is the best. You’ve got until 23rd April to lap this up in Melbourne, so find a show or 20 to support.