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Your ultimate guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

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

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Town Hall Crowd
Photograph: Jim Lee

It's that time again: when hundreds of funny people vie for your chuckles in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Mar 27-Apr 21). 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.

Looking for more things to do in Melbourne? Take a look at our bucket list.

Behind the scenes at Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comedy

Behind the scenes at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

What does it take to produce a festival with 616 shows, and what does it take to stand out and attract an audience? 

Our latest reviews
Comedy

Our latest 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
Comedy

Australia's finest

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

International superstars
Comedy

International superstars

Here are the biggest international names bringing the funny to Melbourne

Queer laughs
Comedy

Queer laughs

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

Comedy for kids
Comedy

Comedy for kids

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

Cabaret, circus and all the rest
Comedy

Cabaret, circus and all the rest

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

Special events
Comedy

Special events

These annual events are the heart and soul of the festival

What else is happening in Melbourne?

The best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month
Art

The best art exhibitions in Melbourne this month

Find all the best art exhibitions in Melbourne over the next few weeks. 

The best theatre and musicals in Melbourne this May
Theatre

The best theatre and musicals in Melbourne this May

May is often a pretty quiet time on Melbourne's cultural calendar, but this year is looking pretty hectic. David Bowie's Lazarus is having its local premiere thanks to the Production Company, while it's a tale of two Cosìs later in the month, with Opera Australia presenting Mozart's Così fan tutte and Melbourne Theatre Company presenting the Australian comedy inspired by it, the brilliant Così. 

The best free things to do in Melbourne
Things to do

The best free things to do in Melbourne

Guess what? Not everything in Melbourne costs a bunch of money. From art shows to coffee tastings, there are a bunch of things to do in this fine city that you can do for free – here are our favourites.

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne right now
Restaurants

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne right now

These are the best places to eat in this city right now: the freshest, most inventive and memorable venues, ranked by our expert local editors.

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now
Bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now

Here is Melbourne viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. These bars represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking.

The best markets in Melbourne
Shopping

The best markets in Melbourne

Borrow your nanna's tartan shopping trolley and venture out to one of Melbourne's best markets for farm-fresh produce, designer homewares, vintage fashions and tasty street food.

The best tours in Melbourne
Things to do

The best tours in Melbourne

From food to laneways, drinking to ghosts, these tours are the best way to get to know a different side of Melbourne.

The best activities for kids in Melbourne
Kids

The best activities for kids in Melbourne

We've scoped out the best activities Melbourne has to offer kids of all ages, and even a few that will keep the whole family entertained. 

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel

The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne. The state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore.

The best films to see in cinemas right now
Film

The best films to see in cinemas right now

Looking for a movie to see this week in Melbourne? Check out the latest releases in Australian cinemas, all reviewed by Time Out critics.