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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (running from March 28-April 22) is a major highlight of the city's calendar. For nearly a month, the whole city transforms into a playground for Australian and international funnypeople and comedy fans, with more than 400 shows spread across the city. World-famous superstars pack out the Melbourne Town Hall, up-and-coming locals have audiences in stitches in tiny bars, and surprise guests pop up at the Comedy Club every night.
Your biggest challenge is deciding how to spend your hard-earned comedy dollars – which is where we come in. We've put together a guide to how to make the most of the funniest time of the year, from how to choose the shows you'll love to where to eat and drink after the show.
Coming to the Comedy Festival from interstate? To plan your ultimate Melbourne getaway, visit our Time Out Guru to get tailored recommendations on where to stay, what to eat and all the best things to do.