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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.

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What's on

Comedy

Going Down

Natalie Yang is going up. Her debut novel, Banana Girl, detailing the endless smorgasbord of her...

Comedy at Spleen

Come on down to the city's free weekly comedy hotspot, for the hottest young acts in Melbourne town.

Kings of Comedy

Kings of comedy is a weekly Friday comedy night, right in the heart of Melbourne City. Join in at...

The Bodybag - A Hilarious Musical Spoof

Multi-award-winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful...

Grand Theft Impro

Grand Theft Impro, the sell-out show of 2018 is back at the Courthouse Hotel. Victoria’s...

Wayne Brady - Brady AF

Five-time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee, Wayne Brady, returns to Australia this winter with his...

Andrew Roberts Live Comedy

Andrew Roberts has appeared on national television (ABC’s The Librarians); featured in San...

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's leading international arts festivals and has an...

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Laugh, giggle and snort your way through the diverse line-up of comedy stars, both young and old.

Fabulous? Absolutely! Dining Experience

An Absolutely Fabulous evening begins with the three girls in the bar; two of them appear to be...

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Venues

Comedy

Live music

The Forum

Catch local heroes and international artists at this spectacular venue where the architecture and interior design add an enchanting edge to any gig.

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.

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.

Theatre & musicals

Comedy Theatre

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

Architecture & design

Federation Square

In the tradition of the world's busiest public spaces, "Fed Square" buzzes with a daily program of events, restaurants and cafes and bold galleries.

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