The Melbourne comedy festival has kicked off, with British comic dominating the opening gala.
Although most of the 180-plus shows on offer at the event are from Australian acts, Brits overwhelmed the high-profile launch.
The sold-out event at the city's Regent Theatre was hosted by local comic Dave Hughes.
Reluctant Perrier-winner Daniel Kitson, pictured, proved a hit, with the Sydney Morning Herald praising his "comic heroism".
Director Susan Provan said about 1,000 artists are taking part in the 17th annual event, adding "It has become Australia's largest annual cultural festival.
" We sell more tickets than anyone else and we are justly very proud of that."
The festival runs until April 20.