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Melbourne Comedy Festival

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 2020 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.

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.

Event Dates

25 March 2020 to 19 April 2020

Event Times

Times will vary according to each show and day


Melbourne Town Hall


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

Contact Details

(03) 9245 3700


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


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