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Published March 18th 2012
The one thing that is sure to beat Melbourne weather will be the comedians at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, beginning on the 28th of March and ending on the 22nd of April. While there are many big names at the festival, I've always preferred going to the cheaper shows because a) they're cheap, and b) you're likely to stumble across a new, talented comedian who happens to be surprisingly hilarious.
Also, note that concession prices might be cheaper than the categories. I've placed these shows in so have a look at all the shows.
Triple Js Dave Callan
Dave Callan: The Graveyard Shift – Laugh yourself to death with Triple Js Graveyard Shift Dave Callan at Portland Hotel. Tues-Sat 9.45pm, Sun 8.45pm from 29 March – 22 April. Full $19.50.
3 Time Offenders – A one hour musical comedy with Armando, Michael Akobi and Charlie F at Hotel Discovery. Tues-Thurs 9pm from 2 March – 19 April. Full $19.
Xavier Toby: Binge Thinking – Exploring devolution and the dumbing down of people, his shows have been highly acclaimed with shows at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2011 sold out. Join him at The Irish Times. Thurs-Tues 9.30pm from 5 - 21 April. Full $18.
Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%T – An hour of laughs about just that at Melbourne Town Hall. Tues-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm from 29 March - 22 April. Full Fri & Sat $19, Full Tues-Thurs & Sun $15.
Anthony Salame: Straight Up – An hour of laughs from the star of Swift and Shift Couriers at Melbourne Town Hall Mon 9.30pm & Portland Hotel. Thurs – Sat at 11pm from 29 March - 21 April. Full Mon & Thurs $15, Fri & Sat $19.
100% Nuts: A Mixed Assortment – As the title suggests, a mix of comedians that changes at each show at Brunswick's Bridie O'Reilly's every Thurs 7.30pm and Noise Bar every Sat 3pm & Sun 2pm from 28 March to 22 April. Full $16.
Jennifer Wong: Ouch & Other Words – Sydney Morning Herald's Top 10 New Comics in 2011, join Jennifer for some serious laughter at Forum Theatre. Tues-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm from 29 March - 22 April. Full $19.
Bobby Macumber, This Is Your Life– A 50 minute show as Bobby invites you to share the highs and lows of her life at Fad Gallery. Tues-Sat 9.30pm, Sat 7 April 5pm & 9.30pm from 28 March - 7 April. Full $18.
Daniel Connell: Likeable Enough– Find out whether he really is, or perhaps even more than just likeable enough at Arthur's Bar at Rosati. Tues-Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm. Full $18.
Comedy duo Dingo and Wolf
Dingo & Wolf: Winning at Life – A quirky, hilarious duo who will inspire you to a better life with their ill-qualified expert advice on all things life within 50 minutes at Three Degrees. Tues-Sat 6pm from 28 March - 21 April. Full $18.
$15 & UNDER
4's Kin – Young comedy group featuring at The Irish Times. Mon, Tues & Thurs-Sun 7.15pm from 5 – 22 April. Full $14.
Alan McElroy: Giddy Up! – An hour of laughs from an Irishman from New Zealand at LOOP Project Space & Bar. Wed-Thurs & Sat-Sun 6pm from 28 March - 1 April. Full $15.
id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Able Seaman: Australia! Australia! Australia! – Martin Dunlop and Michael Teychenne, described by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as the Burke and Wills of Comedy at The Owl and Pussycat. Mon-Tues & Thurs-Sat at different times from 5 - 20 April. Full $15.
David Tulk Is: Broke – An hour long show, indulge with David in his observations about the global financial crisis at 1806. Mon-Sat 7pm, Sun 6pm from 28 March - 8 April. Full $15.
Hayley Brennan: Attention Seeker – Comedian, Facebook Stalker and just a little obsessed with Harry Potter, what's not to like? At The Irish Times. Tues-Sat 6pm from 30 March - 21 April. Full $13.
Jay Sullivan: I Am The Drunk Monk – Described as the Dalai Lama meets Jack Daniels, it's the perfect combination for spiritual enlightenment, with a shot of laughs at Three Degrees. Tues-Sat 10.15pm from 28 March - 21 April. All tickets $15.
Theatre comedy show 'Who Killed John Bearington III'
Who Killed John Bearington III – A comedy puppet theatre that tries to solve the mysterious murder of John Bearington III with a funny array of suspects at Word Warehouse. Tues-Sat 11pm from 10 - 21 April. All tickets $10.
Umit Bali: Coming to Australia – Umit has won Wil Anderson's appraisal with his humorous tale of a Fijian-Indian teenage boy's journey to Australia at Melbourne Town Hall. Tues-Sat 6pm, Sun 5pm from 12 - 22 April. All tickets $10.
Comedy Pick 'N' Mix – Just over half an hour, you get a little taste of four different comedians for each show at Three Degrees. Tues-Sat at 5.30pm from 28 March – 21 April. All tickets $10.
Another way of getting cheap tickets is to go on Tuesday nights or go to a preview show of a comedian.