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Comedy at The Espy is back!

Presented by Hotel Esplanade and Melbourne International Comedy Festival

After a sell-out Summer Series, Comedy at The Espy is back to keep you warm through the colder months.

On the second Sunday of each month some of your favourite big-name comedians will hit the Gershwin stage alongside Melbourne’s most exciting up-and-comers.

At the Sunday-friendly time of 5pm and with your first drink included in the ticket price, these shows are guaranteed to brighten up your weekend.

With Claire Hooper, Nazeem Hussain, Randy Feltface, Geraldine Hickey and Tom Gleeson just some of the names to have hit the Comedy at The Espy stage and with limited tickets available, these shows are sure to sell out quickly.


Sunday 11 July, 5pm SOLD OUT – Hosted by Harley Breen and featuring Celia PacquolaCharlie Zangel, Kimmie Lovegrove and Stuart Daulman
Sunday 8 August, 5pm CANCELLED – Hosted by Claire Hooper and featuring Lloyd LangfordSami Shah, Ethan Cavanagh and Prue Blake
Sunday 12 September, 5pm CANCELLED
Sunday 10 October, 5pm
Sunday 14 November, 5pm

Time: 5pm (90 mins)
Venue: Hotel Esplanade, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Tickets: All tix $35 (including a beer, wine or soft drink) plus booking fee

Dining at The Espy

The Espy Kitchen is the ultimate winter dining destination, embodying a cosy cellar door-inspired atmosphere with a focus on seasonal local produce. From stone oven roasted spiced BBQ oysters to Cape Grim Bistecca from the northwest corner of Tasmania, chef Ash Hicks has designed a menu for the soul, the social and the socially conscious.

The Espy Kitchen Sunday Roast is available all day every Sunday (until sold out) and includes rotating roasts and sides with a paired wine for $35. Vegetarian and vegan options also available. For more info visit

Comedy at the Espy ticketholders can enjoy 20% off the bill at Espy Kitchen when you show your ticket! Valid on the night of the performance only.