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Comedy at The Espy

Presented by Hotel Esplanade and Melbourne International Comedy Festival


Comedy at The Espy is back and ready for 2023! After the short break we cannot wait to fill the Gershwin with laughter again! With three exciting shows left before we focus all our attention on the Festival, you can expect jam-packed line-ups showcasing big-name comedians alongside Melbourne’s freshest ones-to-watch.

Past performers include Melanie BracewellJoel CreaseyCelia PacquolaNazeem HussainClaire HooperTom GleesonDilruk Jayasinha and Lloyd Langford.

With strictly limited seating and your first drink included in your $35 ticket, these shows will sell out fast!


Upcoming dates:

  • Sunday 29 January 2023 SOLD OUT – featuring Luke Heggie, Luke McGregor, Gillian Cosgriff, Greg Larsen, Sashi Perera and more to be announced
  • Sunday 12 February 2023 – A special Pride show hosted by Kirsty Webeck, featuring Tina Del Twist, Scout Boxall, Jordan Barr, Sunanda Sachatrakul and Charlie Lewin

Line-ups are subject to change

Time: 5pm
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: Hotel Esplanade, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Tickets: All tickets $35 plus booking fee and include one drink per person (spirits not included)

Past Performances:

  • Sunday 3 July 2022 – SOLD OUT – hosted by Alex Ward featuring Geraldine Hickey, Luke McGregor, Luka Muller, Scout Boxall and Ben Moodie
  • Sunday 7 August 2022 – SOLD OUT – hosted by Dane Simpson featuring Nick CodyFrankie McNair, Lewis Garnham, Aurelia St Clair and Christina Schmidt
  • Sunday 4 September 2022 SOLD OUT  hosted by Tim Hewitt featuring Dave Thornton, Daniel Connell, Takashi Wakasugi, Urvi Majumdar and Heather Joan
  • Sunday 2 October 2022 SOLD OUT – hosted by Brett Blake featuring Melanie Bracewell, Jude Perl, David Quirk, He Huang and Nick Schuller 
  • Sunday 6 November 2022SOLD OUT – hosted by Lizzy Hoo featuring Nath Valvo, The Stevenson Experience, Prue Blake, Bronwyn Kuss & Fergus Neal
  • Sunday 4 December 2022  SOLD OUT – hosted by Claire Hooper featuring Tripod, Grace Jarvis, Josh Glanc, Dahn Rozario and Daisy Webb.
  • Sunday 22 January 2023 SOLD OUT – hosted by Cal Wilson, featuring Tommy LittleIvan Aristeguieta, Hannah Camilleri, Aidan Jones and Bron Lewis