Riverside Theatres and Melbourne International Comedy Festival present
CLASS CLOWNS 2021 – NSW STATE FINAL
Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-a-kind, national comedy competition for teenagers in secondary schools.
Many past participants have gone on to have successful comedy careers as solo stand-up performers, in sketch comedy groups, as writers for prime time television and as producers and directors. Josh Thomas, Tom Ballard, Joel Creasey, Lauren Duong and YouTube superstar Neel Kolhatkar just to name a few!
ABOUT THE COMPETITON & HOW TO ENTER
The Class Clowns competition encourages teens aged 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 between 3 and 5 minutes long!
The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens!
Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-a-kind national comedy competition for young people is now open. Class Clowns aims to inspire, engage and elevate teens aged 14-18 (Years 9 – 12). It’s free to enter, and all students need is a 3-5 minute original act in any style of comedy. Heats around the country start with a 2-hour workshop, where students rehearse and refine their act with the help of a professional comedian, followed by an opportunity to perform for a live audience.
Selected comedians go on to compete in state finals, with the winners invited to participate in the National Grand Final for a chance to win a cash prize of $1500, and a workshop package for their school. For over two decades, Class Clowns has helped hundreds of funny, young peeps hone their comedy potential. Past participants like Joel Creasey, Annie Louey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on to have a career in showbiz, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is always on the look-out for the next generation of funny
If you’re the teacher, parent or guardian of a funny teen, head to www.classclowns.com.au to learn more.
Tickets to this event are sold to 75% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
This performance may contain course language and adult content and is suitable for ages 15+.
Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: reduced audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces; and dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals.
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It is also important that if you are unwell you stay home, we have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through your exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
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SUITABLE FOR YEARS 9 – 12
(Stages 5 & 6)
According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:
- It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
- The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.
From the Program Coordinator… Class Clowns returns to Riverside to scout the next new bright young person with a future in comedy! This great opportunity allows teens to develop their confidence, build performance and speaking skills and create strong friendships with like-minded students…plus the chance to win a wonderful prize pack!
Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Class Clowns 2021 Curriculum Links
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