Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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The laughs will be coming thick and fast from Wednesday as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival kicks off for 2015, running 25 March to 19 April.


Taking place across the CBD and in bars and hidden laneways all over the city surrounds, the comedy festival is in its 29th year and is one of the biggest festival of laughs in the world.

By the river, you can find a host of venues that will be sharing in the fun, from serious spots like Crown and the National Galley of Victoria, to creative hubs Federation Square and the Arts Centre.

Spiegelworld, located atop Crown Casino, presents Absinthe, touted to be the evil twin of Cirque du Soleil, whilst downstairs at the Palms at Crown, the infamous Kransky Sisters will present A Piece of Cake through music and quick wit.

Over at the National Gallery, Hannah Gadsby explores art history with Picasso and Other Problems.

The Arts Centre will welcome a raft of comedians over the month long festival including Judith Lucy, Kitty Flanagan and Fiona O’Loughlin. Be quick though – some acts are on for one night only!


Just outside, the Famous Spiegeltent will again take up residence on the forecourt of the Arts Centre and Hamer Hall. Fifteen acts will perform, including the Comedy Club for Kids and Cautionary Tales for Children. Ideal school holiday viewing!

Federation Square will run free shows on their main stage, encouraging families to sit and have a laugh together. Suitable for all ages, the (Very) Big Laugh Out Loud program runs Friday through Sunday for the duration of the festival.


Don’t forget to plan dinner into your trip to the Comedy Festival, with plenty of convenient dining and beverage options available along the river for before or after the show.