When is the Comedy Festival?

The 27th Melbourne International Comedy Festival will take place from 27 March to 21 April 2013.

RAW Comedy gigs will take place in capital cities between January and April 2013 and the Roadshow will take place across the country between May and July each year following the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Comedy does happen all year round and, although the Festival doesn't run gigs outside of our events, you should check out local comedy rooms that might be running tonight.


Who is on at the Festival?

The 2013 Comedy Festival line-up will be released when the full program becomes available online in February 2013, keep checking back for a firm release date.


When and where can I get the program?

The full Festival program will be available online from mid February 2013. You can get a copy of the printed Program Guide in the Herald Sun. Program Guides will also be available from Ticketmaster outlets and selected cafes, theatres and bars after this date. Unfortunately, we are unable to mail out Program Guides to metropolitan Melbourne. We can only send programs to people living in regional Victoria and interstate who were unable to get the copy in the Herald Sun. These people can sign up to receive a copy through the website after the Guide is released in 2013.


How do I book Festival tickets?

Tickets to most Comedy Festival events will become available once the 2013 program has been launched. You can purchase your tickets through this website or through Ticketmaster - either by phoning 1300 660 013 or by visiting a Ticketmaster outlet near you.

Tickets for certain special events, will go on sale later in 2012. To find out when and where you can purchase these tickets, sign up to receive our email newsletter.


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 best way to get tickets 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.


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.


How do I know which shows are suitable for my teenage children?

Most shows are not age restricted and those that are will be listed as such in the Program Guide. As we don't know how your children will react, or what you feel is appropriate for them, it is difficult for us to recommend particular shows. Please be aware, however, that comedy shows can contain course language, nudity or "blue" themes. Our best advice is to browse the Program Guide and reviews to gauge the content of shows.

It is possible for patrons under 18 to get into licensed venues (such as the The Hi- Fi) provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Each year's Festival program will feature a kids' section highlighting the best comedy for ages 0 - 12. This does not mean that kid's comedy won't appeal to all age groups.


What is the Festival Club?

Late night mayhem at The Hi-Fi. Check out the Festival Club listing on the online program for more information.


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

For a full copy of the Code, go to www.aeia.org.au. If you feel that you are entitled to a refund, please contact the Comedy Festival office in writing, addressing all communication to the General Manager. The final decision on refunds is made by the producer of the show. If ask us about a refund is for such a show, we will communicate your request to that show's producer.


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 can be purchased now and the shows chosen later - they're redeemable for events sold through Ticketmaster and at the Melbourne Town Hall (but NOT the Gala) and they're valid until the end of the 2013 Festival.

Please ensure you check any tickets you have bought before leaving the Box Office.

Click here to purchase a Comedy Festival gift voucher.


Can I still get into a show if I am running very late, and will I get a refund?

We cannot guarantee that you will be admitted to a show if you are running late. It will depend largely on whether an appropriate break in the performance will allow for latecomers and if the performer and front of house staff are comfortable admitting you. As a general rule, most Comedy Festival shows are only an hour long so the best advice is to have your car parked and your tickets picked up well in advance of a show's advertised start time.