Three inclusive comedy lineups to check out at the Melbourne Fringe Festival


Lyrics by Natali Caro

Melbourne Fringe has an incredible line-up of Queer events and shows this year, showcasing some of the best Queer talent in and around Melbourne.

Natali Caro (she/they) is a Sydney-based Colombian/Chilean queer comedian, actress, drag king, writer and event producer who works hard to elevate QTPOC.

I dug up three comedy lineups showcasing racial diversity and inclusion this Fringe season.


With line-up after line-up meeting prescribed token quotas (or not bothering you at all), this show will be a refreshing look at what you’ve all been missing. We’re tired of being the only person of color in the room, let alone the bill. Thanks for having me is a welcome departure from all of Karen’s… (ah, how do you say) ‘caucasianness’ and demeanor.

Featuring some of the most established and emerging indigenous comedians, Bla(c)k, PoC from across Australia such as Aurelia St Clair (PopGays), Patrick Durnan Silva (Hot Department), Annie Louey (MICF) and a very special guest of The BLOCK Australia. This is the perfect opportunity for you to show your friends how “woke” you are. Or just to relax with all your friends without problems! We also make it easy for you to book your comedy room; no more tedious scrolling through instagram – you can just type those names.

After launching last year in Sydney at Century’s Laugh Outta Lockdown festival, to great acclaim and a knockout season, and after once again on the back of Sydney Fringe Comedy, Thanks For Having Me is Here in Naarm!! Picked up by SBS, Time Out, Pedestrian TV and Concrete Playground – you don’t want to be left out. Ready for some giggles?

Happening at Fringe Hub: Tradeshall – The Quilt Room starting next week, Thursday October 20-Sunday October 23 (this session will be Auslan performed by Kirri Dangerfield).


Now in its sixth year, Deadly Fringe continues to add to the creation of an exceptional body of work by First Nations artists that has reached thousands of audiences, toured the country and won multiple Melbourne Fringe and Green awards. Room. It brings First Nations storytelling to the Melbourne Fringe – and the wider independent arts industry.

This Melbourne Fringe, Kungari Productions and Deadly Fringe bring you Kungari Comedy, eight nights of some of Victoria’s funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedians! Laugh out loud with hilarious stories and unique perspectives on being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. And after the comedy, don’t miss the eternal Koorie Lip Sync Battle! Music AND comedy? You’d be crazy to miss it.

Until 14 at Tradeshall: Evatt room.


As a child of Colombian and Chilean immigrants, it was always hard to see our stories used as punchlines for sketchy comedic payoffs, or more commonly in Australia, not told at all! Here’s a show that takes control and flips the narrative on immigrants and racism.

Be sure to check Racist Immigrants’ for an epic hour of unrestrained and shameless comedy!! It’s happening now, at the Rubber Chicken until the 22nd.

Discover all Melbourne Fringe program here.


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