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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.

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.

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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3 Course Comedy

After sell-out shows across the country, 3 Course Comedy returns to Melbourne featuring some of the...

Kirsty Webeck - Good One

Kirsty Webeck is returning to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 with her brand...

The Cult of Comedy

The Cult of Comedy presents an hour of tasters from musicians, clowns and wordmongers of all...

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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

The Book of Mormon

Book ahead for this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q.

Thursday Comedy Club at the European Bier Cafe

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is at Thursday Comedy Club at the European Bier Cafe where...

Cam Knight Momentous

Cam Knight is returning to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 with his brand new...

Daniel Sloss

Don’t miss the stunning new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning...

Young, Dumb and Full of Pun

In this new show, Sydney favourite Jared Jekyll has concocted a comedy brew like no other. With a...

Jimeoin: Renonsense Man

Brilliantly observed, ever-evolving stand-up from acclaimed star of Live at Apollo, Royal Variety,...

Lawrence Mooney: Like Literally

Sydney Comedy Festival Award Winner Lawrence Mooney is a must see at this year’s festival with a...

Stuart Daulman - A Very Good Year

As seen on ABC's sketch television series 'Fancy Boy', Stuart Daulman returns to the Melbourne...

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