When is the Comedy Festival?

The 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will take place from 29 March to 23 April 2017.

RAW Comedy gigs take place in capital cities and regional centres early 2017. The Roadshow takes place across the country between late April and July each year following the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and the international leg not long after.

Comedy does happen all year round and, although the Festival doesn't run gigs outside of our events, you should check out local comedy rooms that might be running tonight.

Who is on at the Festival?

The full program for the 2017 Festival will be announced in late February, 2017. 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.

When and where can I get the program?

A copy of the Program Guide will be available inside the Herald Sun on Saturday 25 February 2017. Program Guides will also be available from Ticketmaster outlets and selected cafes, theatres and bars after this date. Unfortunately, we are unable to mail out Program Guides to metropolitan Melbourne. We can only send programs to people living in regional Victoria and interstate who were unable to get the copy in the Herald Sun. These people can request a copy by emailing after the Guide is released. 

How do I book Festival tickets?

You can purchase tickets online via the website, by phone, or, in person at one of our Box Office locations. Click here for all the details.

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Where can I park in the City?

If you're driving into the CBD to see a show Secure Parking offer an amazing deal of $6 Weekend and Evening Parking for Comedy Festival patrons. Visit for more information and parking locations. To pre-book your parking and amazing deal head to Secure-a-Spot and use the promo code: MICF17 ($0.50 booking fee applies).

How can I get tickets to the Gala?

The Gala is the Comedy Festival's most popular event and often sells out within hours of tickets going on sale. The best way to get tickets 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. 

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, or, check out a performance on our Youtube channel, 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.

How do I know which shows are suitable for my teenage children?

Most shows are not age restricted and those that are will be listed as such in the Program Guide. As we don't know how your children will react or what you feel is appropriate for them, it's difficult for us to recommend particular shows. Please be aware, however, that comedy shows can contain course language, nudity or 'blue' themes. Our best advice is to browse the Program Guide and reviews to gauge the content of shows.

It is possible for patrons under 18 to get into some licensed venues (such as Max Watt's) provided they are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult. Please note, however, that some venues are strictly 18+. For venue information on a specific show, click the 'venue' drop-down box on the right hand side of the show page.

Each year's Festival program will feature a Kids' section highlighting the best comedy for ages 0 - 12. This does not mean that kid's comedy won't appeal to all age groups. The Festival also has a Family comedy program with shows that are suitable for all the family. 

What is the Festival Club?

An absolute must for the comedy fans and party-goers. The Festival Club at Max Watt's (the old Hi Fi) is THE place to see the latest and greatest comics letting loose late into the night! Check out the Festival Club listing for more information.

Can I get a refund on a 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. If asking us about a refund is for such a show, we will communicate your request to that show's producer. 

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 Comedy Festival gift voucher. Available in amounts of $20, $50 or $100, the vouchers can be purchased from Ticketmaster and the shows chosen later - they're redeemable for events sold through Ticketmaster and at the Melbourne Town Hall Box Office (but NOT the Gala) and they will be valid until the end of the 2017 Festival. 

Can I still get into a show if I am running very late, and will I get a refund?

We cannot guarantee that you will be admitted to a show if you are running late. It will depend largely on whether an appropriate break in the performance will allow for latecomers and if the performer and front of house staff are comfortable admitting you. As a general rule, most Comedy Festival shows are only an hour long so the best advice is to have your car parked and your tickets picked up well in advance of a show's advertised start time.