Australia’s most iconic comedian, Barry Humphries, will host the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s 27th Annual Great Debate which airs tonight on Ten.
The debate is an annual sell-out date on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival calendar and Barry will be responsible for wrangling two teams of unruly debating comics as they dispute this year’s contentious topic: “That Everyone’s Entitled To An Opinion”.
In the affirmative corner is one of Australia’s most in-demand comedians, Joel Creasey, alongside Legally Brownstar Nazeem Hussain and the UK’s Sara Pascoe. Captaining the negative team will be last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival Best Newcomer nominee Tom Ballard, who will be joined by Kiwi Urzila Carlson and 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Alex Edelman from the U.S.
Melbourne Town Hall plays host to this battle of the brains, as these local and international comedy heavyweights argue, rant, beg, cheat and steal to reign supreme in the debate that stops the nation.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Great Debate airs 8:30pm tonight on Ten.