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An annual event, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia's comedy capital, Melbourne, each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.

The Festival was launched in 1987 by Barry Humphries and Peter Cook. Twenty-nine festivals later, with attendances of over 800,000, it has grown to be Australia's largest cultural event - selling more tickets than any other Australian Festival. With an average ticket price of just $27, the Melbourne Comedy Festival is not only a hugely popular event but an extremely accessible one. Comedy hubs are scattered across the city from the Town Hall to Trades Hall, Tuxedo cat to The 86, there is something for every comedy lover, from the very best local and international comedy acts in venues of all shapes and sizes.

RANDOM
31 MARCH - 9 APRIL

Dom Chambers is a magician but not of the 'cliche, top hat, wand and rabbit' variety. Rather, Dom is known for his modern take on magic, viral internet videos and artistic live performances.

RanDom sets out to examine magic and illusion through a range of artistic lenses, including music, dance, painting, video and more. Plus, the show features a real BlendTec blender. Will it blend? You bet it will.

Dom Chambers is one half of the comedy sketch duo, Dom & Dumber, who debuted at the Comedy Festival in 2016 to sold out crowds with their show, The Sketch Comedy Magicians.



Tickets


Adult $ 23

Concession $ 19
GROUP 8+ $ 19



LIFE OS SPIES
6 - 9 APRIL

High in the Swiss Alps; two spies, one target and a ballroom full of government officials. What a perfect setting for lies, deceit, espionage and murder…

No one can be trusted in this Cold War murder mystery. 

The Life of Spies is devilishly witty and full of quirky humour.   After the success of Ancient Pickle’s last performances, writer/producer Stephanie Watson brings you this fantastic new play with the atmosphere of a film noir and the dark humour of a black comedy.

'Comically witty urban flavour.' Buzzcuts 'Adsurdist-esque comedy.' Pop Culture-Y


Tickets


FULL - $ 20

GENERAL CONC $ 17
GROUPS of 4+ $ 15

MURDER ON THE PACIFIC DIAMOND
13 - 23 APRIL

There’s been a murder, and it’s up to you to solve it!


The Sparrow Men (Marcus Willis & Andy Balloch) play all the guests; entertainment and staff of luxury cruise liner ‘The Pacific Diamond’, aboard which the star attraction, Dame Elizabeth Heinrich, has just been murdered! Solve the case in this hilarious choose-your-own-adventure for the whole family, where the audience gets to play detective!


Marcus and Andy have been performing and touring their two-man, entirely improvised show The Sparrow Men, for the past three years, sell out shows at Midsumma (2015), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2015) and Adelaide’s Feast Festival (2015/2016).



'Wickedly funny… Balloch is supurb… Willis is hysterical. ★★★★½' Theatre People

'Joyously absurd, anarchic and energetic. ★★★★' Time Out

'Needle sharp, quick witted, and cheeky.' The Age


Tickets


GENERAL FULL - $ 25.00

GENERAL CONC - $ 20.00
GROUP 4+ - $20.00
TIGHT AR%E TUES - $ 15.00