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When is the Comedy Festival?

The 23rd Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from 1-26 April 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.

Raw Comedy gigs have been taking place in capital cities since January and will continue up until March. The Roadshow will take place across the country between April and June. Visit the Raw Comedy or Roadshow pages for exact dates. (please link these pages to their individual pages)

Who is on at the Festival?

The complete 2009 Comedy Festival program is available online now. Visit individual artist pages for a range of info including reviews, audio and video.

You can grab a copy of the printed Program Guide in The Age on Thursday 26 February 2009. Program Guides will also be available from Ticketmaster outlets and selected caf├ęs, 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 their copy in The Age.

What is FRESH?

FRESH is our email newsletter, which makes sure you're up-to-date with the latest comedy news from across Australia. For more information or to join the FRESH mailing list, click here.

How do I book Festival tickets?

Tickets to most Comedy Festival events are available now and can be purchased online through this website. Tickets to many shows are also available through Ticketmaster either by phoning 1300 660 013 or by visiting an outlet(link to tickemtastser outlet page) near you. Tickets to some venues are sold through Ticketek by phoning 132 849 or visiting an outlet (linking to an outlet page). Tickets to events at Trades Hall can be bought by phoning 9659 3569. Check individual event pages for details of the event you want to see. For further information please see here.

How can I get tickets to the Gala?

The Gala is the Comedy Festival's most popular event and once again sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. The best way to get tickets for next year is to join our FRESH mailing list to be the first to find out exactly when and where the Gala goes on sale.

Where can I find a comedian to perform at my event?

The best place to start is by checking out our online Casting Directory.

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.

Each year's Festival program will feature a kids' section highlighting the best comedy for ages 0 - 12. This does not mean that 'kids' comedy' won't appeal to all age groups. For a list of the comedy for kids in this year's Festival simply select the category Family Shows (Link this to that page) in the Advanced Search section of this website.

What are the general conditions of buying a ticket at the Festival?

  • Patrons are requested to check their tickets carefully before leaving the Box Office
  • Seating is unreserved unless otherwise stated. That is, your seat is not assigned. Some ticketing agencies print numbers on tickets for management purposes. Do not mistake these numbers for an assigned seat.
  • If in doubt, ask your ticket seller.
  • Tickets cannot be refunded except as stated in Entertainment Industry Ticketing Code of Practice (refunds)
  • Latecomers will not be admitted unless there is a suitable break in the performance. Some shows may refuse latecomers.
  • The Management reserves the right of admission
  • Cameras and sound recording equipment are not permitted in Comedy Festival venues
  • Mobile phones and other beeping devices must be switched off before entering the performance sites
  • Please enquire at the ticketing outlet or box office for conditions specific to the show you are purchasing a ticket for.

Can I get a refund on a Comedy Festival ticket I've bought?

Refunds are only issued according to Live Performance Australia's Code of Practice for Ticketing. Refunds are only issued if:

  • 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 http://www.liveperformance.com.au/default.aspx?s=codes_guidelines. (link that) The final decision on refunds is made by the producer of the show in question and we will pass any requests for a refund that are sent to our office on to the relevant producer.

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

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. Click here to purchase them (link here)

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

How can I get a casting directory?

For a list of comedians and information on how to who to contact please click here.

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