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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

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FAQs

WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?

The 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival ran from 27 March to 21 April. The 2020 Festival will take place from 25 March to 19 April 2020.


WHAT ABOUT RAW COMEDY AND THE ROADSHOW?

RAW Comedy 2019 heats took place across Australia from January to March. Visit rawcomedy.com.au for more information.
The 2019 Roadshow kicked off nationally in late April 2019, and will run through to early July. Check out the schedule here.


WHO IS ON AT THE FESTIVAL?

You can browse the 2019 shows here. To keep up to date with all announcements for 2020 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?

Registrations for the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival have now closed, and will open in October for 2020.

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?

The 2019 Festival has finished, and tickets are no longer on sale. Tickets to shows in the 2020 Festival will start to become available online via comedyfestival.com.au from late 2019 - keep an eye on our socials and website for updates. 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.

If you're looking for a deal check out the best ways to snap up a deal at the Festival!

Please note, under the Major Events Act 2009 it is illegal for a 2019 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.

Sign up to our e-news for details on new show announcements as they are released.


WHAT IS UNRESERVED SEATING?

Most Melbourne International Comedy Festival venues have unreserved (general admission) seating. If you, or anyone in your party, has any accessibility requests please email ticketing@comedyfestival.com.au or phone +61 3 9245 3788 so we can advise the venue.


WHAT IS A PREVIEW SHOW?

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!


HOW CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE GALA?

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.


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?

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 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows in selected venues (including Melbourne Town Hall, Trades Hall, ACMI, Greek Centre, Chinese Museum, Max Watt’s, Swiss Club, 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.