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We're all ready for a laugh, and we're going to get it at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
from 29 March to 23 April 2023
. From Australian to International, to special events and kids' comedy, you'll find it all in venues all over the City and surrounds. Get ready for the biggest and best comedians, laughs and good times. Don't forget that for a limited time you can scoop up two-for-1 tickets for a stack of Festival shows on Hump Day - Wed 12 Apr
. Buy now and laugh later. it's the perfect post-Easter pick-me-up. In future, you will thank me.
2-for-1 Wed 12 Apr 2023 - Bring a Mate
From free family entertainment to show-stopping performances from comedy's trailblazers, there is a show for everyone. Come along and discover the best local and international funnies with solo performances, up-late showcases at the Festival Club and sparkling special events. Be adventurous and try the up-and-coming new comedians amongst your Festival favourites. Get in on the joke, be in the room and revel in the joy that Melbourne is still the best place to find something to laugh about.
Host of the Gala Luke & Host of Opening Night Hannah
This year the two biggest nights on the Australian comedy calendar will be hosted by Tassie expats. Off the back of his Australian Taskmaster debut and wedding, ABC and Festival favourite Luke McGregor will host The Gala
(22 Mar 7.30pm), proudly supporting Oxfam. Just one week later and to officially open the Festival, our own international award-winning Hannah Gadsby will take charge of the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow
(29 Mar 7.30pm). If you're unable to pick up a program at your local cafe, bar, hotel and venues around town, you can order the 2023 Program Guide here
Lara Ricote GRL/LATNX/DEF (MEX)
For cost-effective family entertainment, there's nothing like 'free' right through the Easter school holidays at The (Very) Big Laugh Out
at the Main Square of Federation Square
from Fri 7 to Sun 23 Apr 2023
. It's also a good chance to get a little taste of each artist, which might incite you to book a whole show with them. This lineup of free-flowing family fun is sure to have the young and the young-at-heart laughing at an event that's renowned for its exciting programming, packed with the best stand-up, physical and musical comedy performers around. This totally free event features Dane Simpson, The Beryls, Josh Earl, Dandyman, Tash York, Showko, Basketballman, Clara Cupcakes, Die Roten Punkte, Oliver Coleman, Josh Glanc and many, many more!
Seek out your homegrown Aussies and International comedians at the Festival. Amongst our Aussies are the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars
who have had sell-out seasons across Australia and the UK. Premier First Nations comedians bring huge belly laughs from the heart of this land we live on. The night will be hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri and features a huge all-star lineup. Upfront
is another that brings back the Kweens of comedy on one of the biggest nights on the Festival calendar. Kids from 6-12 years of age don't miss out either. You're never too young for a laugh and kiddies will find it at Comedy Club for Kids
. There are buckets of holiday fun to be had, featuring the most chucklesome selection of stand-up, sketch, musical comedy and circus performers.
For the funniest voices from across Asia, get together for a dose of cross-cultural laughs in what will be the Festival must-see of 2023 at Best of Comedy Zone Asia
(IND, IDN, MYS, SNG). It'll be delivering fan favourites and exciting discoveries in one very special big show. For those of you who live in Thornbury, Footscray, Moorabbin, Dandenong, Weribee, Narre Warren, Williamstown, Essendon, Rosebud and Caroline Springs, the Neighbourhood Sessions
are coming your way. You really don't have to leave your neighbourhood for a good laugh as some of the biggest names in comedy make an appearance.
Scour the program, make up your itinerary and get ready for the laughs. Subscribe or stay in touch with the website
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