The 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will take place from 24 March to 18 April 2021.
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You can browse the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Program here. To keep up to date with all announcements as they happen be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on our social media channels.
Registrations for the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival are yet to open. To register for the 2021 event check back in October.
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.
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.
You can book online for most shows right here on the Comedy Festival website by selecting the relevant date/time on the calendar on each show listing (where you can either purchase tickets on site or click the BUY NOW button to purchase tickets through the authorised ticketing provider). If you want to book by phone or in person, relevant booking options for each show will appear on the individual show pages. During the Festival period, tickets can also be purchased 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.
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Please note, under the Major Events Act 2009 it is illegal for a 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival ticket to be resold or offered or advertised for resale for more than 10 percent above the face value purchase price of the ticket. For more info click here.
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Most Melbourne International Comedy Festival venues have unreserved (general admission) seating. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis and you may be seated separately from other members of your party. If you, or anyone in your party, has any accessibility requests please email email@example.com or phone +61 3 9245 3788 so we can advise the venue.
Preview shows are the first few shows of an artist's run. They are a cheaper ticket as performers may be making the last few adjustments to their performance. These adjustments can be the finalising of production elements to the show, or arrangement of their jokes to get the biggest laughs. Preview shows are a high quality performance ready for the audience and a great way to see comedians at a cheaper price!
The Gala is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's most popular event and always sells out very quickly. 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.
Refunds are only issued according to the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice. Refunds are only issued if:
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.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement about non-essential mass gatherings, the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will not go ahead.
The success of our Festival is in the way that comedy transforms our city for the inspiration and entertainment of hundreds of thousands of comedy lovers.
Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our artists and participants, staff and audiences. Cancelling the Festival is heartbreaking but the only decision possible to support the community’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We’re devastated by the news, thank everyone for their understanding and support and look forward to sharing a laugh with you again soon.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival strives to provide access and inclusion for all people. Accessibility varies from venue to venue and detailed information regarding the accessibility of each venue is provided on the website on each event listing by clicking More Info under each venue name. If an event shows this wheelchair symbol , then the venue is wheelchair accessible. If the wheelchair symbol is not shown, access may be partial. We encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MICF Box Office on (03) 9245 3788 to check whether a venue can provide you with the access you need. If you require a wheelchair space in ANY venue, please contact (03) 9245 3788. Similarly, if you have access requirements for the Melbourne Town Hall – Main Hall or RMIT Capitol Theatre, please contact (03) 9245 3788. For any other access requests, there is an option to provide details when purchasing tickets online through the MICF website and this information will be forwarded to the front of house staff at each venue. MICF also has a number of shows that will be Auslan interpreted, as well as other shows that may be suitable for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences and relaxed performances of some shows. For more information and a listing of Auslan interpreted shows, head to the Accessibility page.
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.
If you have lost property at a Melbourne International Comedy Festival show the best thing to do is email email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Know someone who loves comedy but don’t know what they want to see? Treat them to a Melbourne International Comedy Festival gift voucher!
Gift vouchers are available for online purchase here.
Vouchers can be redeemed for tickets to Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows in selected venues (including Melbourne Town Hall, Trades Hall, Greek Centre, Chinese Museum, Max Watt’s, RMIT Capitol Theatre, State Library Victoria, Swiss Club, The Victoria Hotel and many more). Vouchers are redeemed via a unique code, which you will receive instantly via email on purchase. Vouchers can be redeemed online, over the phone or at a Melbourne International Comedy Festival box office.
Please note: vouchers are non-refundable and cannot be redeemed for cash. Not valid for purchases through Ticketmaster, Ticketek or any other external ticketing provider. Redemption is subject to availability.
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