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The must-see shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With so many comedians to see and not enough time, we’ve streamlined your scheduling with the best shows to see in town

Stephen A Russell
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Stephen A Russell

Paging McDreamy, we have a funny bone emergency. More than 600 comedians from every corner of Australia and across the globe are about to descend on the Victorian capital for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest LOLapalooza: the 36th Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF).

Taswegian heroes Luke McGregor and Hannah Gadsby get the snort-laughing party started,
hosting the Oxfam-supporting Gala and then the official Opening Night Comedy Allstars
Supershow, respectively, both at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre. There’s also a one-night-only encore of Rhys Nicholson’s Most Outstanding Show award-winner Rhys! Rhys! Rhys! from last year’s MICF.

Here are our top shows to see at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, so book those seats – and stat!

Can't get a hold of a babysitter but want to see some comedy? Make sure you check out the best kids' shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

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