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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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 2018 Dates, Program Schedule & 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 2018, 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 in March 2018 at the Regent Theatre. The Comedy Festival kicks off after that and runs through March and part of April. 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.


28 March 2018 to 22 April 2018

Event Times

Times will vary according to each show


Melbourne Town Hall


and various other venues from the CBD to Fitzroy, North Melbourne and St Kilda
Melbourne, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9245 3700
[email protected]


Prices will vary according to each show, the day of the week and seating selection.


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    • Hi Ayla,

      The Comedy Festival will run between 28 March – 22 April 2018. However, not sure at this stage if 28 March is the Gala date, or the first date of the main program which typically runs for 3 weeks. Check back with me and I will update our page once more information is released.

      Kind regards,

  • I want to bring my grandchildren to Melbourne from Geelong tomorrow to see Mano a Mano which is supposedly in the Federation Square Bowl.
    Two questions: Where is the bowl? What if it is raining as they are outside and acrobats/tight rope walkers?

    • Hi Jan,

      It will be up to the performers as to whether they choose to perform in the rain, I would assume that if they feel it is still safe to do so, the show will go on! The show is free for spectactors and starts at 12pm. The rain forecast indicates that it might be mostly afternoon showers in the city. So you might make it in and out before the rain starts.

      The location of the Federation Square Bowl isn’t indicated on their official map, however I believe it is around the E11 & E12 areas on this map.

      Have a great time!

      Kind regards,

  • Hi, I have seen e-news letters and facebook notice’s about the Oxfam Gala which states the date as the 22nd of March. The advertised dates, for the festival are 29th of March to the 23rd of April. Is there a Gala at the end on the 23rd of April? Thanks, Nardia

    • Hi Chelsea,

      Tickets vary according to the comedian you choose to see. Some up and coming comedians only cost between $10-$20 and more established and well known comedians sell for between $30-$70. Many comedians sell out, so it is best to get in early and book your tickets online in advance.

      All tickets are not yet on sale and wont be until around January next year. You can however purchase a gift voucher from Ticketmaster here for $20, $50 or $100 which can be redeemed for a ticket to a show of their choice.

      Hope this helps!

    • Hi Barry,

      There are some great hotel options that are right near the Melbourne Town Hall. Once you know your dates, enter them into this link here and you can filter by location, price or rating.

      Unfortunately we aren’t selling packages which include the Gala tickets, but tickets to the Gala will be on sale in around February 2017. You can buy them direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival page here.

      All the best,

    • Hi Nardia,

      I have located the following information from the MICF website:
      The Gala is the Comedy Festival’s most popular event and often sells out within hours of tickets going on sale. The 2017 Gala will go in sale in late 2016. The best way to get tickets for future years is to join our mailing list to be the first to find out exactly when and where the Gala goes on sale.

      Hope this assists.

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