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Melbourne is roaring for the 31st International Comedy Festival

05 April 2018

Melbourne is once again throwing open its doors to some of the world’s funniest people as it gears up for the annual International Comedy Festival from 28 March – 22 April. The city will be in stiches with a full program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. To help you navigate through this year’s side splitting line-up, we have chosen our picks for the top three must-see performances.

1. The 29th Annual Great Debate

When: Saturday 7 April 2018

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Melbourne Town Hall, four minutes from the T&G Building

Cost: $38 – $46

Get your fix of critical thinking and comedy at The Great Debate as six comedians go head to head in the ultimate competition of “minds and mirth”. Teams will battle using comedy, rationale and all manners of devious words. Grab your tickets here:

2. Natalie Palamides- Laid


Sunday 8 April, 8:40pm

Tuesday 10 April – Saturday 14 April, 9:40pm

Sunday 15 April, 8:40pm

Tuesday 17 April – Saturday 21 April, 9:40pm

Sunday 22 April, 8:40pm

Location: Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Rehearsal Room, 20 minutes from the T&G Building across the Yarra River

Cost: $26 – $33

Winner of the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer, American Natalie Palmides performs a hilarious show centred on the reality of motherhood, bringing to life a number of absurd dilemmas through quirky routines and slapstick comedy. This is a must-see show, co-devised and directed by Barry & Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Doctor Brown. Get your tickets here:

3. Andy Zaltzman


Tuesday 10 April – Saturday 14 April, 7:00pm

Sunday 15 April, 6:00pm

Tuesday 17 April – Saturday 21 April, 7:00pm

Sunday 22 April, 6:00pm

Location: Melbourne Town Hall, four minutes from the T&G Building

Cost: $28 – $36

The return of English comedian Andy Zaltman, host of the hit podcast ‘The Bugle’ will see him “ask, confront, evade and incorrectly respond” to the world’s biggest questions… and answer them very, very incorrectly. Satirical and witty, it is one of the most anticipated shows at this year’s festival. Find your tickets here:

And the best part about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival? The performances are only a few steps away from the T&G Building. We can’t wait to see the city come to life with the sound of laughter… see you at the Festival!