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Stand-up can be a solitary pursuit – enter stage left the ‘LOL Squad program’, where teens get the chance to collaborate with professional mentors to write, act, film and edit original comedy sketches.

Arts Centre Melbourne's The Channel has partnered with MICF to present LOL Squad, a series of workshops covering sketch writing, performing, filming and editing.

This program is specifically for Class Clowns alumni in Melbourne, and is aimed at giving young people the space, resources and access to mentors with the aim of helping them further develop comedic performance skills. Class Clowns is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's development program for teens around the country that sees professional comedians run comedy workshops in schools and performing arts centres to encourage self-esteem and confidence in their drama and comedy writing skills.

During the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, you can see LOL Squad Live at The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne, but in the meantime find out more about LOL Squad here.

Class Clowns

Comedy Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

LOL Squad are a team of funny peeps aged 14 – 18 and are alumni from Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns. It’s important to remember that if you are over 18, Class Clowns is not for you. You can, however, register to be a part of RAW Comedy

LOL Squad members are recruited out of Class Clowns participants.

Class Clowns is held every year for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and you can register to perform your routine in a Class Clowns heat. Heats are held annually (usually during March) in the run up to the Festival. For more information about the program visit the Class Clowns website.

LOL Squad LIVE perform at The Channel during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but you can also watch LOL Squad sketches online.

For more information, please head to our LOL Squad page.

Yes! The Class Clowns Comedy Crash Course Workshop could be just what you are looking for. These workshops are for beginners and do not require any prior knowledge or skills. Talk to your teacher about booking an excursion.

The Channel is Arts Centre Melbourne's learning and participation venue. This exciting, spacious venue boasts high tech learning labs, a world class recording studio and vocal booth, and a flexible multi-use space.

For information on how to get here please download & print our visitor's map prior to your visit.

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