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WHEN IS THE COMEDY FESTIVAL?

The 2016 Festival will ran from 23 March to 17 April 2016. The 2017 Festival will run from 29 March to 23 April 2017.


WHAT ABOUT RAW COMEDY AND THE ROADSHOW?

Heat registrations for RAW Comedy 2017 will open in late November. Keep an eye on rawcomedy.com.au for details. The Australian leg of the Roadshow takes place until early July. The South East Asia leg runs in late July. The full Roadshow schedule can be found here


WHO IS ON AT THE FESTIVAL?

The full program for the 2017 Festival will be announce in late February, 2017. To keep up to date with all announcements as they happen be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on our social media channels.


HOW CAN I KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST COMEDY FESTIVAL NEWS?

There are lots of ways to stay in touch with the Festival. You can sign up to our e-newsletter, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel and join the conversation using the hashtag #MICF.


HOW DO I BOOK FESTIVAL TICKETS?

You can book tickets to shows via their listing on comedyfestival.com.au. Tickets to many shows are also available through Ticketmaster either by phoning 1300 660 013 or by visiting an outlet near you. If you prefer to purchase in person, tickets for shows sold through Ticketmaster can be purchased at the Melbourne Town Hall Box Office (open 10am to late every day of the Festival), Trades Hall Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets in advance, and at the door of most venues on the night of the show.

Sign up to our e-news for details on shows as they are released.


HOW CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE GALA?

The Gala is the Comedy Festival's most popular event and often sells out within hours of tickets going on sale. The 2017 Gala will go in sale in late 2016. The best way to get tickets for future years is to join our mailing list to be the first to find out exactly when and where the Gala goes on sale. Due to the popularity of the Gala, and its status as a fundraising event for Oxfam, we do not set aside tickets for corporate sales.


CAN I GET A REFUND ON A COMEDY FESTIVAL TICKET I'VE BOUGHT?

Refunds are only issued according to the Australian Entertainment Industry Association's Ticketing Code of Practice. Refunds are only issued if:

  • a main attraction/event is cancelled or rescheduled
  • a main attraction/star performer(s) is cancelled or rescheduled and substitute arranged
  • an event is 'part' cancelled by premature termination substantially before performance of advertised content or expiration of advertised duration
  • previously undisclosed significant visual obstruction for a reserved seat reported soon after commencement

You can download a full copy of the Code here. If you feel that you are entitled to a refund, please contact the Comedy Festival office in writing, addressing all communication to the Executive Director. The final decision on refunds is made by the producer of the show. 


WHERE CAN I FIND A COMEDIAN TO PERFORM AT MY EVENT?

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has contacts for all the comedians who appear at the Festival but the question of who is best for your event can be a really tricky one. We recommend you have a look at past Festival programs and, if you want to contact someone in particular, let us know. Otherwise, email us and we can put you in touch with some good booking agents in your area.


I LOST SOMETHING AT A COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOW. 

If you have lost property at a Comedy Festival show, the best thing to do is contact the venue you went to and ask them. If you need help finding contact information for a venue get in contact; 9245 3700 or info@comedyfestival.com.au.


WHAT IS A COMEDY FESTIVAL GIFT VOUCHER?

If you know your friends or family love comedy but you don't know what show they'd like to see you can buy them a Comedy Festival gift voucher. Available in amounts of $20, $50 or $100, the vouchers are available to purchase from Ticketmaster

Vouchers can be used to purchase all Comedy Festival shows that are selling tickets through Ticketmaster.