The stage is set to remain empty at this year’s Canberra Comedy Festival with next month’s event cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers made the ‘difficult’ decision to postpone the annual showcase amid the health crisis and the ongoing risk of state border closures.

“It’s a tough time for the arts community as a whole, and we are still a long way from normal.”

Normally held in March, the postponement marks the second year in a row that the event hasn’t gone ahead.

The 2020 festival was cancelled at the last minute as coronavirus restrictions begun to be introduced across the country.

It’s hoped a similar event may be able to go ahead later in the year.

“We are currently working hard to bring you some form of comedy in the later half of the year – we will let you know our plans as they develop.”

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“We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back to our festival in the near future.”