Teachers dont appreciate your sense of humour? Looking for a different outlet to channel that pent-up exuberance? Look no further as Class Clowns, the Melbourne Comedy Festivals annual competition for secondary students, is on the hunt for the zaniest kids in Years nine to 12 at school - and we encourage a bit of tomfoolery in our class.
In 2009 weve revamped the timetable with the Class Clowns tour hitting the roadbetween May and July (Term 2 for most cities), alongside the Comedy Festivals nationalRoadshow tour.
Punters at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April will still get a chance to see Australiasmost riotous kids at the brand new Class Clowns Teenage Gala. This brilliantly funnyevening is an L-plated version of the Comedy Festival Gala, showcasing some of thebest Aussie comedians under 20.
The line-up includes previous Class Clown contestants, young RAW contestants andother impressively refreshing up-and-coming talent from across the country.
When the national tour kicks off in May, Class Clowns will hold workshops andperformances in every capital city and major regional areas in search of the most hilarioussecondary school aged acts in the country.
Teenagers will be given the opportunity to work alongside some of the Comedy Festivalsfinest comic talent, polishing up their own original five minutes of stand-up, sketch ormusical comedy for a real live public performance hosted by a professional comedian.
The cream of the teenage crop will fly to Melbourne in September to hit the main stage atthe 2009 Class Clowns National Grand Final with a $2000 first prize up for grabs.
Since its inception in 1996, Class Clowns has been developing the art of comedyamongst the nations teenage comics from Darwin to Hobart, Perth to Batemans Bay andin over 20 centres in between. The program is supported by teachers notes and onlineresources, as well as year-round developmental and professional workshops.
For heaps of background material on Class Clowns including highlights from last yearsGrand Final and the national schedule, visit http://www.classclowns.com.auCLASS CLOWNS & TEENAGE GALA
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Main Hall
Date: Friday 24 April
Tickets: Full $18, Concession $12, Groups of 6 or more $12, Laugh Pack $12
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or www.comedyfestival.com.au