Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Comedy, Comedy festival Around Melbourne , Melbourne Wednesday March 27 2019 - Sunday April 21 2019
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Town Hall Crowd
Photograph: Jim Lee

Get ready to LOL: it's the funniest time of the year

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, hoardes 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 funnypeople 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. 

For a deeper insight into what it's really like being funny for a living, check out our interviews with seven comedians as they discuss mental health, self-care and the challenges of the industry.

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.

By: Rose Johnstone


Venue name: Around Melbourne
Address: Around Melbourne
Event phone: 03 9245 3700
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