Class Clowns 2018

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Class Clowns 2018


Lennox Theatre


26 March 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Riverside present
Sydney Heat / NSW State Final

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-a-kind, national comedy competition for teenagers in secondary schools around the country.

Many past participants have gone on to have successful comedy careers as solo stand-up performers, in sketch comedy groups, as writers for primetime television and as producers and directors. Josh Thomas, Tom Ballard, Joel Creasey, Lauren Duong and YouTube superstar Neel Kolhatkar just to name a few!

The Class Clowns competition encourages teens ages 14 to 18 with a talent for comedy to unleash their comic voice. This can be through stand-up, sketch or musical comedy – any format goes as long as it is only 3 – 5 minutes long! State Final winners go through to the National Grand Final held at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2018. They’ll also be in the running to win a $2500 prize package for themselves and their school!

Featuring Susie Youssef as emcee, book your tickets and support the young rising comedic talents of Western Sydney.

To register for the Sydney Heat at Riverside or for more information go to

If you are interested in a comedy crash course workshop at your school please email

Dates & Times:

Monday 26 March
Workshop/Rehearsal from 4pm – 6pm
Performance at 7pm

Monday 26 March at 7pm

Photo by Jim Lee. Photographed is Sirak Keeghan, National Finalist, Class Clowns 2017

Suitable for Years 9 – 12


The 2017 National Class Clowns Winner, Daniel Reeve came from NSW and won the state final right here at Riverside! Come on NSW teachers, gather your funniest students and let’s go for the title for a second year running!


Download the Curriculum Links here: Class Clowns 2018 Curriculum Links


Download information on how to book here: How to Book

Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Susie Youssef is a comedian, actor, writer and improviser. Susie is a regular cast member on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australiaand guest stars in ABC comedy series, Rosehaven and Get Krackin and No Activity on Stan.

She is a regular guest on radio and TV and has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention (Channel 10), ABC TV’s How Not To Behave, The Chaser’s Media Circus and The Checkout.

She has written, performed and produced comedy for stage, radio and television in Australia and around the world. In 2014, she played the lead role in the Hayloft Project’s award-winning play The Boat People.

She is a regular performer at the Sydney Comedy Store and Giant Dwarf Theatre and has performed at Splendour in the Grass, Secret Garden Festival and Homebake. Susie has performed internationally as a guest at Improvaganza in Edmonton, Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and The Del Close Marathon in New York. Susie studied at the iO Theatre in Chicago and quite a lot of the burgers.

Following a sold-out run at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2014, Susie made her solo debut at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals in her sketch comedy show Sketchual Chocolate. She returned to the comedy festival circuit in 2015 with Owl Eyes On You and in 2016, Susie made her Edinburgh Fringe and London debut in Check Youssef Before You Wreck Youssef. Susie continued to test the limit of her anxiety with her most recent show Behave Youssef.

In 2018, Susie will debut at the Griffin Theatre in The Smallest Hour, written and performed by herself and that nice British raconteur, Phil Spencer.

Ticket Options

Registration (Participants) $Free
All tickets (Audience Members) $15
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30

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