Following the Prime Minister’s statement about non-essential mass gatherings, the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will not go ahead. Please check back later in the year for details on the 2021 event
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 2021 Dates, Program Schedule & Lineup
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.
In previous years, there have been a number of headliners 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 is typically held in March 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.
Please see below for the main headliners of the festival and key events.