Your ultimate guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018

How do you get the most laughs out of this year's offerings? Here are our hot tips for the hahas

Photograph: Paul Philipson

It's that time again: when hundreds of funny people vie for your chuckles in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Mar 28-Apr 22). Join us as we meet the talented people behind the laughs, offer our tips for doing the festival right and our picks of the program.

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How to do the Festival like a boss
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How to do the Festival like a boss

Your biggest challenge is deciding how to spend your hard-earned comedy dollars

Our Festival reviews
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Our Festival reviews

Our reviewers are here to help you navigate the Festival, with recommendations and incisive commentary

What to see if you like...

Australia's finest
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Australia's finest

Which locals should get some love at this year's festival? Here are our favourite Australian funny folks

International superstars
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International superstars

Here are the biggest international names bringing the funny to Melbourne

Queer laughs
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Queer laughs

Queer comedians are so hot right now – here are a few you should get acquainted with

Comedy for kids
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Comedy for kids

There are plenty of laughs for your youngsters at this year's festival

Cabaret, circus and all the rest
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Cabaret, circus and all the rest

Allergic to stand-up? There's still plenty for you in this year's program

If all else fails...
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If all else fails...

Here are four of our absolute faves

The secret lives of comedians

A zookeeper, a builder and a nurse walk into a bar...
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A zookeeper, a builder and a nurse walk into a bar...

Very few performers are able to come straight out of school and forge a successful career in comedy. Most comedians who are now household names paid their dues in a different job.

Melbourne Comedy Festival stars talk mental health and the serious side of funny business
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Melbourne Comedy Festival stars talk mental health and the serious side of funny business

If you think about it, April might just be the most emotional time of the year for the Melbourne Town Hall.

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