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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.

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Kings of Comedy

Kings of comedy is a weekly Friday comedy night, right in the heart of Melbourne City. Join in at...

(Very) Big Laugh Out - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Free-flowing fun for the whole family! The (Very) Big Laugh Out brings some of the world's most...

Kosher Bacon at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

After selling out his 2017 season, one of Australia’s fastest rising comedians, Michael Shafar...

The (Very) Big Laugh Out

The (Very) Big Laugh Out transforms Fed Square into a magical adventure playground with some of the...

G'Day Comrade!

A Russian bride, a nerdy scientist and a failed rock star walk into a bar. . Join three Russian...

Virgin Bloody Mary

Virgin Bloody Mary is a critically-acclaimed award nominated clown show, featuring Nadia Collins as...

Dom & Dumber: The Sketch Comedy Magicians

Professional magicians, Dom Chambers and Bayden Hammond, combine astounding magic with hilarious...

Comedy out West (COW) - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

This night of comedy is not quite raw - more medium to well done - as local and imported comedians...

James Smith: Pleasure Enthusiast

Acclaimed Sydney comedian James Smith returns to the Melbourne Comedy Festival with his new...

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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

Daniel Connell: Bit of Shush

After a stellar 2017, Melbourne comedian Daniel Connell brings his new stand-up comedy show, Daniel...

Cameron James: Chilled Out/Fired Up

After a huge 2017, comedian Cameron James returns to the Melbourne Comedy Festival with a killer...

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Live music

The Forum

Catch local heroes and international artists at this spectacular venue where the architecture and interior design add an enchanting edge to any gig.

Theatre & musicals

Comedy Theatre

Catch local and touring theatre, comedy and musicals at this elegant theatre on Exhibition Street that has been drawing crowds since 1928.


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.

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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