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Disruptive Comedy: Breaking Barriers with Laughter


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Join a panel of comedians, hosted by Adam Hills, as they explore the realities of working in comedy as people with disability.

This panel discussion will be live-streamed from 6pm on Wednesday 5 April


In a special collaboration with Melbourne International Comedy Festival, exciting contemporary comedians Alexandra Hudson, Oliver Hunter and Lara Ricote (Mexico) join host Adam Hills for an insightful panel exploring the realities of working in comedy as people with disability.

Together they will share their personal and professional experiences, delve into the barriers that exist in the comedy industry, and discuss how laughter can be used as a tool for empowerment and education.


Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival


Wheelchair accessible

Accessible toilets available

Assistive Listening

FM Hearing Loop available

Auslan Interpreted

Open Captions

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Adam Hills

A five-time Gold Logie nominee, Adam Hills is one of Australia’s best-known comedians. He is adored across Australia for his iconic role as host of ABC TV’s music-orientated quiz show Spicks and Specks and for his talk show, Adam Hills Tonight. Across the pond Adam has likewise become a househol... Read more

Lara Ricote

Lara Ricote is a Mexican-American-Venezuelan stand up comic who has won the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022 for her critically acclaimed show GRL/LATNX/DEF and won the Funny Stage Women Award in London in 2021. She’s based in Amsterdam, NL and has been working in London f... Read more

Alexandra Hudson

Alexandra Hudson, living in East Ballina, on unceded Bundjalung country, belonging to the Nyangbul people, made her comedy debut in July 2020. Alexandra took out joint first place in the National Final of the Raw Comedy Competition at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2022. Alexan... Read more

Oliver Hunter

Loveable, laconic and a little bit dark, Oliver has been cracking jokes about living with a disability for over 7 years. Originally hailing from Albury, Oliver has played all the major venues in his local area – the Wagga Comedy Festival, the Riverina Comedy Club and the Ulladulla Comedy Festi... Read more


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