If you love stand-up comedy or just like to laugh, come to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to witness the largest comedy festival in Australia and the third-largest festival in the world.
Melbourne has hosted the event since 1987, and it runs for 3.5 weeks each year – beginning at the end of March and running into April.
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 – Program Dates & Lineup
This annual festival is one of the most and popular events on Melbourne’s event calendar. Live shows are held at a number of comedy clubs, pubs and bars throughout the CBD, with some shows also held in the suburbs just outside the city. The iconic Melbourne Town Hall is the major host of the event and has served as the festival hub for more nearly three decades.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival hosts hundreds of shows throughout its run, with the list growing each year – now at over 500 shows. The Comedy Festival includes award-winning performances by famous comedians, debates, comedy performances and an opening night comedy gala.
The festival also holds events for aspiring comedians; including Raw Comedy, Classik Clowns, an annual national road show and high-school comedy competitions.
In 2016, you can find headlining acts and seasoned regulars including Stephen K Amos, Akmal, Wil Anderson, Rich Hall, David O’Doherty, Arj Barker, Ross Noble, Paul Foot, Tom Green, Celia Pacquola, Hannah Gadsby, Joel Creasey, Judith Lucy, Matt Okine, Tom Gleeson, Peter Helliar, Sarah Kendall, Dave Thornton, Dave Hughes, Carl Barron, Charlie Pickering, Fiona O’Loughlin, Felicity Ward and Lawrence Mooney – just to name a few.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala for Oxfam will be held on Wednesday the 22nd of March at the Regent Theatre. The Comedy Festival kicks off after that on the 29th of March. So if you love live comedy, come and experience this exciting event with the many thousands of others who flock to comedy shows all over Melbourne.