The International Comedy Festival is a beloved and eagerly anticipated fixture on the Melbourne calendar each year. It’s almost upon us again, with its biggest and best program set for 2018. The festival begins on 28 March and runs until 22 April, so now’s a great time to cover what to see and where to find Melbourne accommodation to suit.
Physical comedy, political satire and good old stand-up
There really is something for everyone at this year’s Comedy Festival: from clean harmless fun, to acid-sharp observations of human behaviour. International acts include Arj Barker, Jeff Green, Jim Gaffigan, Emma Malik, Alex Edelman and James Veitch, while the local line-up includes Akmal, Becky Lucas, Dave Thornton, Demi Lardner and Zoë Coombs-Marr. Tom Ballard will also be hosting two shows of Comedy for Good: A Benefit for Youth Homelessness which puts laughter to good use towards a very serious problem. With over 600 shows to pick from you may have a tough time seeing it all, so the best way is to buy tickets for the names you know and choose some smaller events at random for some great surprises.
Family-friendly humour to tickle the funny bone
There are plenty of kid-friendly events at this year’s event. We love the sound of Your Parents Disappear: Revenge of the Parents! by Alex and Luke, and the Shakespeare-inspired Comedy of Errors for Kids from the UK comedian Gillian English. There’s also a bunch of free family entertainment taking place at Federation Square throughout the daytime, so feel free to loiter and join in on the fun.
Where to catch the giggles
Laughter fills just about every major venue in Melbourne during the International Comedy Festival, including the Melbourne Town Hall, ACMI, the Comedy Theatre, Federation Square and The Melba Spiegeltent. We’d recommend taking the chance to explore the city’s quirkiest venues, from speakeasies to local breweries, to see some of the best up-and-coming talent from here and overseas.
When you’re seeking out Melbourne accommodation for the festival, it will be best to stay centrally so you’re close to most of these venues and the city’s various public transport options. Treat yourself to a stylish apartment at Punthill Little Bourke, Punthill Manhattan or Punthill Flinders Lane for the best proximity to most of the festival’s program. You’ll have your own kitchen and spacious living spaces to recoup after each late night of comedy. For assistance booking any Melbourne or Brisbane accommodation, contact the friendly team at Punthill Apartment Hotels.