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9 April 2016

Six comedians. Two sides. One topic. One host with not a hope of keeping things under control.

It’s the 27th annual Great Debate!

Roll up to the Melbourne Town Hall for the Festival’s biggest battle of the brains, as two teams of local and international comedy heavyweights argue, rant, beg, cheat and steal to reign supreme. The topic will be divisive and contentious, and the comedy hard-hitting and shamelessly antagonistic.

The past has seen US comedian Rich Hall ride into the Melbourne Town Hall on a camel and UK comedian Paul Foot attempt to launch himself into space from the auditorium.

So step right up and witness comedy’s colossal contest, where the Festival’s funniest lock horns to debate the world’s big questions.

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23 March 2016

It’s big, its bold and it kicks the Festival off with a bang – it’s the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow!

Comedy’s finest from Australia and overseas will take to the stage at the legendary Palais Theatre for this one-off mega show, ringing in our 30th anniversary with all the laughs, bells and whistles an audience can handle.

The Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow is the perfect taster of what’s to come over the huge month of comedy ahead. It’s laughs aplenty with a huge line-up of top-shelf performers – a proverbial pick ‘n’ mix to plan your Festival of funny.

Don’t miss out – it’s your one-stop-shop for comedy excellence!

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RAW 2015


16 March 2016

The Gala – the biggest and brightest event on the comedy calendar, happening live at the Palais Theatre and beaming to homes Australia-wide through Network Ten!

It’s the annual taste of the comedy genius about to take over Melbourne, where the cream of the crop from Australia and overseas take to the stage. They donate their time and funnies for this special event, and through their generosity and that of the audience The Gala supports the life-changing work of Oxfam.

By buying a ticket to the The Gala you too can help to change the world by helping people lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

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Melbourne Town Hall

11 April

Three comedians on each side, one in the middle trying to wrangle them, an ever-divisive topic and much malarkey.

This is the 26th Annual Great Debate, a one-off experience where two teams of local and international stars of the comedy scene take the stage at the Melbourne Town Hall to argue, yell, sing, abuse and shamelessly attempt to upstage one another in the name of competitive comedy.

The past has seen US comedian Rich Hall ride into the Melbourne Town Hall on a camel and UK comedian Paul Foot attempt to launch himself into space from the auditorium.

Join us at this annual battle of brains and wit as the world’s loopiest funny people make us laugh and potentially, (hopefully) solve a great debate.

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Palais Theatre

25 March 

The brightest comedic stars in our galaxy are about to come together for an out-of-this-world evening of comedy decadence at this year’s Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow!

The annual Comedy Allstars Supershow marks the official opening of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, an adrenaline-filled maiden voyage and a taste of what is set to be a month of outrageous laughter that takes over the whole town.

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Palais Theatre

18 March

For one very special night celebrating a remarkable 20 years of laughter and good will, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala proudly supporting Oxfam Australia returns in 2015 with tickets going on sale to the general public on Tuesday 25 November at 9am.

Each year, the red carpet rolls out, the celebrities roll up and the Network Ten cameras roll for a night that proves how powerful laughter can be. It's the most esteemed event in the Australian comedy calendar!

There’s little wonder the Gala tickets always sell like hotcakes. Get them while you can – and get that warm, fuzzy feeling only the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala can give.

The 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from Wednesday 25 March – Sunday 19 April.