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Comedy

Melbourne loves to laugh, and with a huge comedy festival and great venues featuring big names and exciting newcomers, now's the time to get out there and discover it for yourself.  

A laugh a minute
Stop in to one of Melbourne's numerous comedy clubs to see local heroes road testing new material, international guests performing intimate shows, and the next generation of comedy talent strutting their stuff.

Festival excitement
The highlight of the comedy calendar hits town in autumn. Founded in 1987, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is now a Victorian institution and, along with Montreal and Edinburgh, has become one of the largest comedy festivals in the world. Over March and April Melbourne comes alive with a huge range of cabaret, theatre, stand-up, live radio broadcasts, television, music, comedy film screenings, free outdoor entertainment and visual art exhibitions.

Where to look
Listed below are just a couple of the places to catch great live comedy in Melbourne all year round. Check Beat, the weekly street press, for details.

Highlights

Venues

Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Last Laugh at the Comedy Club

Giggle on Friday and Saturday nights upstairs at the Athenaeum. The line up is thick with local favourites and familiar jokers from TV and radio.

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Charlie Pickering at Spleen

Comedy at Spleen

25 Nov 2013 - 8 Dec 2014

Come on down to the city's free weekly comedy hotspot, featuring the hottest young acts in Melbourne town. Special guests every week.

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Softbelly Bar and Lounge

Five Boroughs Comedy

1 May 2014, 8 May 2014, 15 May 2014, 22 May 2014

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here! Every Thursday night in the city, Five Boroughs Comedy has some of the biggest names in Australian...

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Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Athenaeum Theatre

Book your place in history and catch a show in this heritage-listed building housing the Athenaeum Theatre and the Last Laugh at the Comedy Club.

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Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Comedy Theatre

Catch local and touring theatre, comedy and musicals at this elegant theatre on Exhibition Street that has been drawing crowds and laughs since 1928.

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Butterfly Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Butterfly Club

Celebrate all that's camp with cabaret, stand-up comedy, musical theatre and even burlesque, accompanied by cocktails in the kitsch-crammed parlour.

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Red Bennies, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Red Bennies

Embrace the unconventional at Red Bennies, a multi-tier art deco theatre and bar, and a carnival of music, cabaret, comedy, circus and burlesque.

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Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant is Australia's longest-running and most successful theatre restaurant, having entertained over three millions guests...

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