March and April in Melbourne. It's the time of year when Melburnians stay in the city after work more than usual, when our interstate and international friends join us and the streets seem to have some magic power underfoot because all the people you pass have a mischievous grin plastered across their faces.
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 525 shows, ticket prices averaging at $28 and free family entertainment at Federation 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!
CHOOSING YOUR SHOW
The best local and international comedy acts will converge on the city for four weeks. Check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival YouTube Channel for some inspiration! Browse the Festival website 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.
GETTING YOUR TIX
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 many shows are sold through Ticketmaster 1300 660 013.
For shows sold through Ticketmaster, tickets can be purchased at the Melbourne Town Hall Box Office (open 10am to late every day of the Festival), Trades Hall Box Office, in advance at Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door of most venues on the night of the show.
FINDING A PLACE FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S REST
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 some stylish apartment living, right in the centre of the Comedy Festival action head to the Adara Apartments on Collins.
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 using the promo code: MICF16 to access this amazing deal ($0.50 booking fee applies).
Why not put up your feet and let someone else do the driving? The PTV Journey Planner - available on the PTV App or at ptv.vic.gov.au, will help you get to the Festival on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and V/Line will move you from regional Victoria, for more information visit vline.com.au or call 1800 800 007.
The Festival is open late and public transport is too. The one-year Night Network trial includes all night public transport on weekends with all night metropolitan trains, trams, late night buses and a 2am coach service to key regional centres – so you can catch the late show and still get PT home!
FOOD, FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!
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 other fun Melbourne activities.
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 a new favourite Mexican restaurant to try in between your shows!
For the visitor who seeks adventures further afield:
Beyond Melbourne, Victoria offers some of Australia's most beautiful and diverse landscapes, 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. Head to visitvictoria.com to discover more!