If you are seeking a fun night out with loads of adult humour (avoid if easily offended!), the Comic's Lounge is worth a try.
Located in Errol Street, North Melbourne, the Comic's Lounge is near restaurants, pubs and cafes, without the overwhelming crowds of the CBD. Parking can be found in surrounding streets, without having to worry about pricey parking meters. A warning though, leave some 'driving around' time to search for a parking spot, and car pooling is advisable.
I was advised when making my booking to arrive "7.30pm to 8pm,"when in actual fact the show usually starts at 8.30pm. Do get there at least 10 minutes before the show starts, in order to locate your table number (given to you when you hand in your ticket or cash) and to buy drinks from the bar.
If you are feeling hungry, you can also buy a dinner and drinks package, which should set you back $50 (show alone is $25). Dinner starts at 7pm, and the advantage here is you normally get seating close to the stage. The menu items are basic pub fare, but all are cooked adequately.
Alternatively, a waiter will come around and take your orders just before the show starts for coffee, tea and basic snack foods. The coffee used to come in cups and plates, but now are given in take away paper cups, which feels cheap.
The format of the show runs with a special host, three comedians and two intermissions. The novice comedians come out first, with the special guest comedian coming out last. A rundown of which comedians who will perform can be located online. Booklets are also left on each table stating upcoming acts.
Often one of the comedians will be selling discounted tickets at $5 or $6 each, which is a huge discount from the regular $25. Forms to sign up for updates are worthwhile as free tickets are sometimes sent online.
The venue has no wheelchair access and you must climb stairs to enter. Seating can be a bit squashy with your view sometimes obstructed by those sitting in front of you. If going in a group of less than 6, you will be sharing your table with strangers, which can be fun or annoying, depending on who you end up with.