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WHEN IS THE 2018 FESTIVAL?

The 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will run from 28 March to 22 April 2018.


WHAT ABOUT RAW COMEDY AND THE ROADSHOW?

RAW Comedy registrations for 2018 will open in October 2017. Keep an eye on rawcomedy.com.au for details. The 2017 Roadshow wrapped up in July, and the 2018 leg will commence in late April 2018. The 2017 Roadshow schedule can be found here


WHO IS ON AT THE FESTIVAL?

The full program for the 2018 Festival will launch in February 2018. You can browse all shows from the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival here
To keep up to date with all announcements for 2018 as they happen be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on our social media channels.


CAN I PERFORM AS PART OF THE FESTIVAL?

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is an open access festival for all citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. Overseas artists or their producers should submit an Expression Of Interest to the Festival Director. For more information visit our For Performers page.


HOW CAN I KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST COMEDY FESTIVAL NEWS?

There are lots of ways to stay in touch with the Festival. You can sign up to our e-newsletter, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel and join the conversation using the hashtag #MICF.


HOW DO I BOOK FESTIVAL TICKETS?

Shows for the 2018 Festival will start to go on sale in November 2017. You can book tickets to shows via comedyfestival.com.au. Oce the Festival has opened, tickets will also be available from the Melbourne Town Hall Collins Street Box Office (open 11am to late every day of the Festival) or at the door of most venues on the night of the show.

If you're looking for a deal check out the 6 best ways to get cheaper tickets at the Festival!

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HOW CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE GALA?

The Gala is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's most popular event and often sells out within hours of tickets going on sale. The 2018 Gala will go on sale later in 2017. The best way to get tickets for future years 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.


CAN I GET A REFUND ON A MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL 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

You can download a full copy of the Code here. If you feel that you are entitled to a refund, please contact the Comedy Festival office in writing, addressing all communication to the Executive Director. The final decision on refunds is made by the producer of the show. 


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.


I LOST SOMETHING AT A COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOW. WHAT DO I DO? 

If you have lost property at a Melbourne International Comedy Festival show the best thing to do is email lostproperty@comedyfestival.com.au. You'll often need to contact the venue you went to and ask them (the majority of venues will keep lost property on site for the duration of the Festival), if you need help finding contact information for a venue or have any further queries you can contact the Festival office on 03 9245 3700 or info@comedyfestival.com.au.


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 Melbourne International Comedy Festival gift voucher. Available in amounts of $20, $50 or $100, the vouchers are available to purchase from Ticketmaster

Vouchers can be used to purchase tickets to all Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows that are selling tickets through Ticketmaster.