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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.

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Behind the scenes at Melbourne International Comedy Festival
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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
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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
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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

Special events
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Special events

These annual events are the heart and soul of the festival

What else is happening in Melbourne?

The best activities for kids in Melbourne
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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. 

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