Melbourne Fringe Program launches


Three people smiling in front of a black and white media wall with the Melbourne Fringe logo.
Jacob Kuek, Annie Louey and Sweeney Preston at the launch. Image: Jacinta Oaten

Melbourne Fringe is celebrating its 40th birthday and the full program of shows is now online!


After a sold-out run at Comedy Fest, I'll be bringing back my show 'Annie Louey is Flirting with Death' to an even larger venue - The Meeting Room at Trades Hall (aka the Festival Hub). It's for eight nights only, from Thursday 6 to Friday 14 October.


My director, Jason Marion and I are working hard right now to refine the show. So if you've already seen it, don't be afraid to book again because you're in for some seriously funny, brand new surprises!


This will be my seventh year participating in the Fringe so it's a festival that's quite close to my heart. Over the years it's served as the perfect testing ground for new ideas with audiences that are up for anything.


The first time I experienced the festival was in 2016 with a little sketch group called 'Dr Duck'. Being an actor in the show gave me the confidence to try registering my own work the following year.


The Fringe is designed for artists on the 'fringes' who have yet to go mainstream with their work. The program features all sorts of art including music, theatre, cabaret and even furniture.


It's an 'open-access' festival meaning anyone who registers, pays their fees and hires a venue can put on a show, as opposed to curated festivals. Melbourne International Comedy Festival is also open access, which surprises many of my friends!


So support Melbourne's artists and come along to the Fringe. Grab dinner and a drink while you're at it and soak up the vibe this October.


Melbourne Fringe runs from 6-23 October. View the full program at melbournefringe.com.au.