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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.

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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.

Theatre & musicals

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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Comedy at Spleen

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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Comedy at the European Bier Cafe

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is here at Comedy at the European Bier Cafe where some of the biggest names in Australian comedy come to...

28 Jul 2016
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Bars

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.

Restaurants

Dracula's Comedy Cabaret Restaurant

Sink your teeth into dinner and a show at this popular, and Australia's longest-running, theatre restaurant. With cabaret and cocktails, it’s a scream.

Theatre & musicals

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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