Melbourne International Comedy Festival acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' spirit, imagination and rich history of storytelling and humour that is an inspiration to all Australians.


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How to Book


Tickets can be purchased through the Festival's website and, depending on the show, through venues and ticketing providers such as Arts Centre Melbourne, Ticketmaster, Ticketek, Trybooking, Eventfinda and Eventbrite.

Check individual show listings for details on where to book. 

You can also purchase a Gift Voucher for tickets to 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows in selected venues (including Melbourne Town Hall, Trades Hall, Greek Centre, Chinese Museum, Max Watt’s, RMIT Capitol Theatre, Swiss Club, State Library Victoria, The Victoria Hotel, Mantra on Russell and more). Click here for a full list of shows that can be redeemed with a Comedy Festival Gift Voucher.

Please note that under most circumstances there are no refunds or exchanges for tickets purchased.


You can book online for most shows by selecting the relevant date/time on the calendar on each show listing (where you can either purchase tickets on site or click the BUY NOW button to purchase tickets through another ticketing provider).


For shows ticketed through the Festival you can book by phone on 03 9245 3788.

For shows ticketed through Ticketmaster you can book by phone on 136 100.

Tickets for shows at Arts Centre Melbourne are available via the Arts Centre Melbourne box office on 1300 182 183.

For all other venues, see the individual show pages for telephone booking numbers.


Once the Festival opens on Wednesday 25 March 2020, tickets for shows at the following venues (Melbourne Town Hall, Trades Hall, Max Watt’s, The Forum, Chinese Museum, Mantra on Russell, The Victoria Hotel, RMIT Capitol Theatre, Swiss Club, State Library Victoria, Greek Centre, and many more...) can be purchased at the Melbourne Town Hall Collins Street Box Office (open 11am to late every day of the Festival). Tickets for shows at The Famous Spiegeltent at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Theatre and Playhouse Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne can be purchased from the Arts Centre Melbourne box office. Shows ticketed through Ticketmaster are available at Ticketmaster outlets. Many shows will also sell at the door on the night of the show, unless sold out! Box Office queues can be long and we recommend booking in advance. If you're purchasing tickets on the night, it's best to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show time. 

Please note that the following box offices accept credit/debit card only. Cash payments are not accepted at these box offices. We don't charge a fee for card payments, so don't forget your plastic! 

  • The Victoria Hotel
  • Greek Centre
  • Max Watt's
  • Chinese Museum
  • Mantra on Russell
  • State Library Victoria
  • RMIT Capitol Theatre


Tickets for most shows can be collected at the venue box office. When collecting tickets, please bring your photo ID, booking/account number and the credit card used to purchase your tickets. Tickets can usually only be collected by the credit card holder. Box Office queues can be long - when collecting pre-paid tickets it’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to show time.

If you purchase your tickets online, make sure you bring your scannable barcode so you can skip the box office queue and proceed directly to the venue.

Read our Ticketing Terms & Conditions

Melbourne International Comedy Festival complies with the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice. To read the terms and conditions click here