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March and April in Melbourne. Its that time of year when Melburnians stay in the city after work more than usual, where our interstate and international friends join us and the streets seem to have some magic power underfoot because the people you pass all have a mischievous grin plastered across their face.

There are many reasons to visit Melbourne during one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. You'll enjoy a wonderful array of choice with over 550 shows, ticket prices averaging at $27 and free family entertainment at Fed Square and City Square. To complete your escape there's Melbourne's infamous fashion, coffee and art scene and easy day trips to sumptuous wineries and playful beaches. You're sure to leave with a belly full of laughs. Pretty much the best holiday ever!

The best local and international acts converge on the city for four weeks. Check out youtube for some inspiration! Visit comedyfestival.com.au for a list of the full line up. If you're overwhelmed by choice – book yourself into a special event that will give you a taster, or check our one of our curated lists.

Beat the queues and book online at comedyfestival.com.au! If you prefer phone; booking agents vary for each show so check individual show listings for booking details. Tickets to most shows are sold through Ticketmaster 1300 660 013.

For shows sold through Ticketmaster, tickets can be purchased at the Melbourne Town Hall Box Office, Trades Hall Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets in advance, and at the door of most venues on the night of the show.

Looking for a place to rest between the laughs? Why not stay with one of the festivals fabulous sponsors. Relax and feel at home with all the benefits of a private apartment with Adina. A few steps from the Comedy Festivals Hub at Melbourne Town Hall, a room in the luxurious Westin Melbourne will put you right in the action. For a peaceful haven amidst the energy of central Melbourne head to Brady Hotels at their convenient Latrobe Street location.

Driving in to see a show? Our friends at Secure Parking are offering an amazing deal of $4 Weekend and Evening Parking for Comedy Festival patrons. Book online now with Secure-a-Spot at secureparking.com.au to access this amazing deal.

Why not put up your feet and let someone else do the driving? V/Line trains take you to the heart of Melbourne and your V/Line ticket allows you to travel on metropolitan trams, trains and buses at no extra cost! The last Geelong train leaves Melbourne at midnight during the week and 1am Friday and Saturday – plenty of time to catch a show or two!

After the festival, take the time to escape and explore regional Victoria. With V/Line you can reach the Bendigo Art Gallery, explore goldrush history at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, or visit the portside city of Geelong. With V/Line you can sit back, relax and let them do the driving.

Visit vline.com.au for more info.

What Melbourne escape would be complete without a tasty food discovery? Click here to check out our favourites bars and restaurants, close to loads of Festival venues, with many offering exclusive specials for those with a Comedy Festival ticket!

Pair your laughs with some other fun Melbourne activities.

For the visitor seeking food, fashion and fun in Melbourne Melbourne is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that thrives on sport, cultural experiences and festivals - playing host to events all year round, with themes ranging from arts and film to fashion, comedy, food and wine.

Click here to search for everything that's happening in Melbourne, you might discover your new favourite mexican restaurant to try in between your comedy shows!

For the visitor who seeks adventures further afield!

Beyond Melbourne, Victoria offers some of Australia's most beautiful and diverse landscapes and all within easy reach. Discover spectacular coastlines,

wildlife reserves, award-winning wineries, surf beaches, rainforests, coastal villages, rejuvenating hot mineral springs and spectacular alpine scenery just a few hours' drive from the city. Go to visitvictoria.com to discover more!.