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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

Festival News

Check back here regularly for all the latest Festival promotions and special events.

  • Michelle Wolf Australian debut announced!

    It's with great excitement that we announce the Australian debut of none other than Michelle Wolf! Exclusive to Melbourne, the fearless and critically-acclaimed US star Michelle Wolf is making her way to Melbourne... Continue Reading

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  • RAW Comedy heats start this week!

    Can you believe it?? RAW Comedy 2019 is off and running! Our search for Australia’s funniest starts NOW, with the first RAW Comedy heat taking place in South Australia this weekend. From there it’s all systems go around... Continue Reading

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  • Stuck for Christmas gifts?

    DON'T WORRY, WE'VE GOT YOUR SORTED. People say that time with family and friends is the greatest gift. The ‘presence is presents enough’. OK, so maybe that’s a nice sentiment, but we reckon tickets to the... Continue Reading

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  • Two huge shows you won't want to miss!

    The Great Debate and Upfront on sale now! Want to see something special, but just can't decide what to book?  We are here to help! Buy your tickets for Upfront or The Great Debate, both on sale now!  THE GREAT... Continue Reading

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  • 2019 Competitions Open!

    Think you’ve got a particularly funny bone? Time to show the world what you’ve got! It’s that time of year again! We're putting the call out to Australia, trekking around to every corner of our nation to... Continue Reading

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  • My First Festival

    It’s that time of year! Registrations have closed for the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, so it’s time for artists to get that show idea off the ground and for audiences to start revving up for what’s... Continue Reading

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  • We're off to India!

    Thursday 27 September, 2018 The Roadshow is taking to the skies again! We're super excited to announce that we'll be heading to India for a five-city tour this November, hitting Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Delhi before... Continue Reading

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  • Australians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

    It’s that time of year again! A cavalcade of comedians and performers are heading to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and we’re so happy to see over 60 Australian shows getting amongst it! With the likes of... Continue Reading

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  • 2018 Helpmann Awards - congrats Celia Pacquola!

    A huge congratulations to Celia Pacquola, who has been awarded the Best Comedy Performer award at this year's Helpmann Awards! She took out the prize against some stiff competition from Lano & Woodley, Urzila... Continue Reading

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  • Congratulations to our Festival Director Susan Provan AO!

    We’re delighted to congratulate and celebrate with our Festival Director Susan Provan AO, honoured with appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia at Monday 11 June 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. The Order of... Continue Reading

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