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Comedy Republic

  • Comedy
  • Melbourne
Alex Dyson, Rhys Nicholson and Kyran Whealey smiling and laughing around a wooden stool, on a stage
Photograph: Comedy Republic

Time Out says

This Melbourne theatre is dedicated to hosting comedy in-person and online

Three comedians – Rhys Nicholson, Kyran Wheatley and Alex Dyson – had a dream to open a new theatre in Melbourne purpose-built for comedy. This dream, unfortunately, started to come to fruition in 2020. So Nicholson, Wheatley and Dyson decided to open a new theatre purpose-built for both comedy and social distancing; and they called it Comedy Republic. 

The theatre opened during the 2020 lockdowns with a series of livestreamed comedy events. Comedy Republic now hosts plenty of in-person gigs featuring some of the nation's funniest comedians. The dedicated comedy space can fit 150 guests (keep in mind capacity will be reduced during restrictions) and also features a bar. BOB Bar to be precise, which first debuted as a pop-up bar during a previous MICF. 

Keep in mind that Comedy Republic is on the second floor and has no lift. The team are working on making it into an accessible venue; in the meantime, Comedy Republic offers a number of livestreamed gigs.


231 Bourke St

What’s on

Comedy at Comedy Republic

There’s a thin line between comedy and tragedy, so we suppose it makes sense that a shiny  purpose-built comedy theatre popped up in Melbourne during 2020. Comedy Republic is a space created by comedians, for comedians and made out of comedians (we jest, as far as we know anyway).  Comedy Republic has three regular comedy nights every week, with shows Thursday through Saturday. Head upstairs on Thursdays for Comedy Connection, a rapid fire hour of jokes from four comedians. Or if you'd like to skip the entree for the main event, visit Comedy Republic on a Friday or Saturday night for killer shows by some of Australia's favourite comics – we're talking the likes of Geraldine Hickey, Arj Barker, Diana Nguyen and Dave Thornton. The venue also hosts additional comedy gigs and events outside of its regular weekly shows, including mini comedy festivals, and has served as a MICF venue since 2021. Visit Comedy Republic’s website for the full program and to buy tickets.

Replay Festival

Try as you might, it is awfully hard to see every single comedian at Melbourne International Comedy Festival (though comedian Blake Everett really gave that a red hot go last year, tweeting about more than 100 shows he saw). The good news is you've been given a second swing at the best of the fest, with Comedy Republic's Replay Festival. From June 25 to July 24, Replay Festival is bringing some of the top MICF 2022 shows for a second round on stage. Included on the line-up is Rhys Nicholson, Greg Larsen, Geraldine Quinn, Michelle Brasier, Lloyd Langford, Lizzy Hoo, Alex Ward, Luke Heggie, Daniel Connell, Scout Boxall, Stuart Daulman, Aurelia St Claire and more. And the progam isn't limited to stand-up shows, either – the broad range of laughs on offer also includes live podcasting, musical comedy, a one-off showcase of Australia's best up-and-coming comedians and even an immersive walking tour.   Tickets are on sale now. 

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