Moosehead Awards


2019 Moosehead Applications will open around July 2018. Check back here to get all the details.

The Mooseheads are run by the Moosehead Committee – we are comedians, producers and friends of Brian McCarthy. We get inundated each year with submissions from around Australia. From these, we can choose anywhere from two, three or even four recipients that will be granted assistance to produce their show each year as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. We have a keen eye and great track record of picking the most interesting shows of the festival.

The Mooseheads are about funding shows and artists that are exciting and different. We want to get behind an idea and love it a bit more because it is mental and overly ambitious. We try to find new playgrounds for working comedians and performers by spotlighting an idea rather than just turning out another show. To put it simply, the Moosehead are a really cool award. And when we say award, it’s more like a grant. Successful applications are called recipients of the grant. We don’t provide cash; rather we provide a comprehensive support package to help get your show up and running.

By providing the Moosehead Award, we want to give you (the artist) the ability to extend your creatively even further and give you more time just to focus on your show. Now in its 30th year, the Moosehead has supported, encouraged and nurtured over sixty acts since 1987, including the likes of Sam Simmons, Judith Lucy, David Quirk, Asher Treleaven and Justin Hamilton as Moosehead alumni.