Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Town Hall
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UPDATE 13/03/2020: Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been cancelled for 2020 following pandemic COVID-19 advice from the Australian government. Melbourne International Comedy Festival director Susan Provan said in a statement that it was a "very difficult decision" to make at this time.

Provan said in a statement: "Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our artists and participants, staff and audiences. Cancelling the Festival is heartbreaking but the only decision possible to support the community’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re devastated by the news but thank everyone for their understanding and support."

We will update with more information as it comes through, but please check the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website for up to date info. 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival – held in March/April every year – is impossible to miss. Everyone's talking about the shows you have to see; the pink-and-yellow banners line CBD streets; and of course, hordes of audience members gravitate to the Melbourne Town Hall, tickets in hand. 

As the third-largest international comedy festival in the world, MICF boasts more than 400 shows to choose from. This is a month where the world's best funny people rub shoulders with the country's hottest emerging talent; and while it's one of the most exciting times of the year to be a Melburnian, choosing which shows to see can feel overwhelming. 

There are a few ways around this predicament. You could simply rock up at the Town Hall in the evening and check out what's on for the night, you could ask the festival's friendly staff for recommendations, or you could keep a close eye on social media (especially Twitter) to see what everyone is raving about. 

The Melbourne Town Hall is the festival's hub, but comedy venues sprawl across the entire city, from Trades Hall in Carlton to Malthouse Theatre in Southbank.

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