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Overview

Comedy

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.

Where to look

Listed below are just a couple of the places to catch great live comedy in Melbourne all year round. Check Beat, the weekly street press, for details.

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The Last Laugh at the Comedy Club

Giggle on Friday and Saturday nights upstairs at the Athenaeum. The line up is thick with local favourites and familiar jokers from TV and radio.

Theatre & musicals

Comedy Theatre

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

Bars

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.

Restaurants

Dracula's Comedy Cabaret Restaurant

Sink your teeth into dinner and a show at this popular, and Australia's longest-running, theatre restaurant. With cabaret and cocktails, it’s a scream.

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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What's on

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The Book of Mormon

Book ahead for this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q.

Comedy at Spleen

Come on down to the city's free weekly comedy hotspot, for the hottest young acts in Melbourne town.

Thursday Comedy Club at the European Bier Cafe

Melbourne's best quality night of comedy is at Thursday Comedy Club at the European Bier Cafe where...

Kings of Comedy

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

Basement Comedy Club - Saturdays at European Bier Cafe

Basement Comedy Club at the European Bier Cafe is the biggest and best night of comedy in Melbourne...

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. By embracing...

Melbourne Festival

Sparking connections to redefine the arts experience. Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne Festival...

MSO + Frank Woodley: The Composer is Dead

Uh oh, there’s dreadful news from the concert hall: the composer is dead. A perplexing orchestral...

Pop-up Globe

Epic tales and comedy all play out in a full-scale replica of one of history's greatest theatres.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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

The (Very) Big Laugh Out

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

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