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March and April in Melbourne. It's the time of year when Melburnians stay in the city after work more than usual, when our interstate and international friends join us and the streets seem to have some magic power underfoot because all the people you pass have a mischievous grin plastered across their faces.

There are many reasons to visit Melbourne during one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. You'll enjoy a wonderful array of choice with over 600 shows, ticket prices averaging at $30 and free family entertainment at Fed Square. To complete your escape there's Melbourne's infamous fashion, coffee and art scene and easy day trips to sumptuous wineries and playful beaches. You're sure to leave with a belly full of laughs. Pretty much the best holiday ever!


The best local and international comedy acts will converge on the city for four weeks. Check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival YouTube Channel for some inspiration! Browse the 2018 Festival website (full program launches in February 2018) for a list of the full line-up. If you're overwhelmed by choice – book yourself into a special event that will give you a taster!


Beat the queues and book online at! If you prefer phone; booking agents vary for each show so check individual show listings for booking details. 


Looking for a place to rest between the laughs? Why not stay with one of the Festival's fabulous sponsors!

A few steps from the Comedy Festivals Hub at Melbourne Town Hall, a room in the luxurious Westin Melbourne, 205 Collins Street, will put you right in the action whilst being able to enjoy their 5-star service and amenities. Enjoy an exclusive discount of 15% of their best available rates between 28 March - 22 April. For T&Cs and bookings head here or use the code MICF18.

For some stylish apartment living, adjacent to the Melbourne Town Hall, head to Collins Hotel Apartments at 182 Collins Street (next to the Athaneum Theatre).

We're delighted to work with the Mantra Group this year who are offering 15%* off for all Festival guests when you book online here using the code micf18 for bookings between 25 March to 23 April for the following locations: 

  • Mantra on Russell
  • Mantra on The Park
  • Mantra 100 Exhibition
  • Mantra Little Bourke
  • Peppers Docklands
  • Mantra Southbank
  • Mantra St Kilda Road

* Conditions apply. Valid for sale until 23/04/18 and travel from 25/03/18 until 23/04/18. Valid at selected Mantra Hotels Melbourne properties only. 

For an affordable alternative with all the accommodation essentials we recommend Travelodge, with convenient locations in Southbank (near the Melbourne Arts Centre) and Docklands.


Driving in to see a show? Our friends at Secure Parking are offering an amazing deal of $6 Weekend and Evening Parking for Comedy Festival patrons for valid car parks. Book online now with Secure-a-Spot at using the promo code: MICF18 to access this amazing deal ($1.00 booking fee applies). The offer can be redeemd for the following car parks:

  • 12-20 Flinders Lane Car Park
  • 15 William Street Car Park
  • 300 Flinders Street Car Park
  • 376 Flinders Street Car Park
  • 460 Lonsdale Street Car Park
  • 522 Flinders Lane Car Park
  • 59 Lonsdale Street Car Park
  • Merritts Place Car Park
  • Southern Cross Car Park
  • The Mint Car Park
  • The Strand Car Park

Why not put up your feet and let someone else do the driving? The PTV Journey Planner - available on the PTV App or at, will help you get to the Festival on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses and V/Line will move you from regional Victoria, for more information visit or call 1800 800 007.

The Festival is open late and public transport is too. The one-year Night Network trial includes all night public transport on weekends with all night metropolitan trains, trams, late night buses and a 2am coach service to key regional centres – so you can catch the late show and still get PT home!


What Melbourne escape would be complete without a tasty food discovery? Click here to check out our favourites bars and restaurants, close to loads of Festival venues, with many offering exclusive specials for those with a Comedy Festival ticket.


Pair your laughs with other fun Melbourne activities.

Melbourne is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that thrives on sport, cultural experiences and festivals - playing host to events all year round, with themes ranging from arts and film, to fashion, comedy, food and wine.

Click here to search for everything that's happening in Melbourne — you might discover a new favourite Mexican restaurant to try in between your shows!

For the visitor who seeks adventures further afield:

Beyond Melbourne, Victoria offers some of Australia's most beautiful and diverse landscapes, all within easy reach. Discover spectacular coastlines, wildlife reserves, award-winning wineries, surf beaches, rainforests, coastal villages, rejuvenating hot mineral springs and spectacular alpine scenery just a few hours' drive from the city. Head to to discover more!