The top female shows at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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It’s hard to choose who to see at one of the largest comedy festivals in the world but fear not, Mamamia has been given a sneak peak into the top female performers to see at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Judith Lucy and Denise Scott

Judith Lucy and Denise Scott. Image supplied.

This critically acclaimed pair are hitting the stage with their show Disappointments which is guaranteed to make us feel better about our lives.

"Judith and Scotty will help you embrace your mediocrity along with your shattered dreams and what’s more you’ll walk out feeling proud," say organisers.

The pair first teamed up together in 1999 but now the two close friends are together again because of "mutual unemployment".

Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby. Image supplied.

You can expect a lot from Tasmanian-born Please Like Me writer and actor Hannah Gadsby.

One of Australia’s most applauded and beloved comedians is taking a break from comedy so catch her Nanette show while you can.


"This show was inspired by a woman who goes by the name Nanette," said Gadsby.

"Although we did not exchange a single word or even a glance, Nanette has changed my life. She hasn’t at all, but she did prompt me to think about some things and those things I thought have become this show. Cool stuff.”

Urzila Carlson

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South African/New Zealand comedian Carlson is a regular on Australian TV screens.  Her new show, Unacceptable, has been hailed as a must-see.

"My show is about all things unacceptable," she told Daily Review.

"Why do people stop at the top of escalators and have no idea where they’re going? What were they thinking going up? What are we to do that does not involve violence or confrontation? How can we navigate through a dinner with friends or colleagues without offending anyone that’s gluten/sugar/meat/wheat/dairy intolerant?"

The show will discuss why is it unacceptable to call "bullshit" on the things we don’t like.

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax. Image supplied.

Wax's one woman show at the festival show is based on her bestselling book,  A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.

Frazzled marks the UK- based comedian's return to Australia in a set that promises to teach you about doing nothing.

"As a child I had a gift in canoeing. I was forced to drop it because there was no future in it," Wax says on her website.

She's on stage for only four shows.

DeAnne Smith

DeAnne Smith. Image supplied.

Smith brings us Post-Joke Era - the comedy you need when the world is a joke.

The Canadian-American comedian has performed all over the world and is said to be a force of "non-stop funny".

She has been named as one of Montreal's top 10 comedians.  It will be great to hear her take on Trump.

Rose Matafeo

Rose Matafeo. Image supplied.

Last year the NZ-based comedian and TV presenter was nominated for best newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Matafeo's show, Sassy Best Friend, is inspired by her long time obsession with romantic comedies.


One night only. Image supplied.

For one night only Upfront will feature an all-female line up including and local comedians Cal Wilson, Susie Youssef, Mel Buttle, Josie Long and more.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from 29 March - 23 April.

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