FTW: Squeaky Clean Comedy 2013

WITH the Melbourne Comedy Festival upon us, Hayden Waugh takes a look at what Squeaky Clean Comedy is doing to make us laugh and their work with World Vision.


At the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, humour can take many forms.

While some rely on drawing cheap laughs from the use of gratuitous language, Squeaky Clean Comedy is all about getting the filth out of stand-up, leaving behind a shiny new example of wit.

From small beginnings, Squeaky Clean Comedy has been a success over the last few years with sell-out shows in 2011 and 2012.

It is now one of the biggest shows of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – performed at the 700-seat Melbourne City Conference Centre. With only three shows remaining in 2013, it’s sure to be as popular as ever.

Squeaky Clean Comedy 2013

This year’s gala is headlined by Australian comedians Dave O’ Neill (from ABC Radio and guest on Spicks and Specks), Michael Connell, up-and-comer Beau Stegmann (Triple J Raw Comedy) and a host of others.

It’s the people at Candlelight Productions, a non-profit arts production company in its tenth year, who are behind the gala. The company’s executive director Eugene Wong, says the show has remained popular for a reason.

“It’s really accessible. It appeals to all ages, is clean, and covers many different styles of comedy. Plus, it’s a huge show,” he says.

Since last year, Candlelight Productions has helped raise awareness of sanitation and food security issues in developing countries with the assistance of World Vision. So not only are they addressing clean comedy, they are focusing on cleaning up the world too.

The two-hour gala event will be held on April 6, 13 and 20 from 7.30pm. For more information about Squeaky Clean Comedy, visit squeakycleancomedy.com.au.


Meld Magazine is giving away three double passes to see the show on April 20. For your chance to win, tell us a favourite tool or product you use to clean the house by Sunday April 14. Please provide a real name and email address. Winners will be selected in a random draw and notified via e-mail.

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  5. McCarroll

    comedy should be clean and neat.there should not be any non-veg jokes.so we can watch the comedy with our family.today every comedian do this kind of comedy.

  6. McCarroll

    Every knowledgeable person like clean comedy because we see this type of comedy while sitting our family. The comedy in which comedian use sexism topics and topics related women’s body parts is very cheap. sometimes we feel shame when we sit with our family to see comedy. So comedy should always neat and clean to make people laugh

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