After the horrific death of upcoming Melbourne comedian, Eurydice Dixon last June, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and key comedians have launched a safe transport initiative, to help female, non-binary, trans, and vulnerable performers get home safely from comedy events in and around the CBD.
After the comedy community recognised that the industry can be a pretty low-paying gig and involves a lot of late nights, and sometimes performers aren’t able to just jump in an Uber to get home safely, Light The Way Home will be trialled at this year’s comedy festival, running from March 27 to April 21, where comics who feel unsafe with travelling home can get a free Uber home on the festival (and other donators) dime.
The trips are being funded by donations and the comedy festival will be matching every dollar donated up to $10,000. You’ll be able to donate online through the MICF site soon, but until then drop a line to the festival’s Public Fund on LTWHdonations@comedyfestival.com.au to make a donation and help comics get home safely.
If you’re a female, trans or NB comic, or you feel anxious about getting home safely after a gig, you can get more info on registering for Light The Way Home on LTWHregister@comedyfestival.com.au.
After the pilot run and getting a gauge on the fundraising, the Melbourne comedy community will look at keeping the initiative running throughout the year, so dig deep and help your fellow funny people get home safe and sound.