Your Guide to The 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The hottest month on the country's comedy calendar is finally here! Prepare those abs for the ultimate workout, because some of the greatest acts from around the world are here in Melbourne with the sole mission of leaving you in fits of laughter.
Join us as we round up the best shows and the perfect places for pre- and post-show dinner and drinks!
What to See
...on Date Night
Wil-Informed by Wil Anderson
Returning to the MICF for the 23rd time, Aussie fave Wil Anderson is back with his trademark brand of smart and fresh comedy. Given he's sold out Melbourne's Comedy Theatre for the last 11 years, you'll want to jump on these tickets before history repeats itself!
Enough by Tom Ballard
Former Triple J Breakfast and Tonightly host Tom Ballard has had enough. He's had enough of politics, capitalism and millionaires, and he's unleashing in a gust-busting yet seriously smart and poignant new show, Enough, playing right through till the end of the festival at Max Watt's.
...with the Girls
If you think your dating life is bad, just wait till you hear about Judith Lucy's. The 50-year-old national treasure is bringing her delightfully dry, blunt and quick-witted comedy to Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall for 16 nights as she recounts her colourful history with men.
Douglas by Hannah Gadsby
Fresh off the worldwide success of her Nanette show and subsequent Netflix special - and despite vowing to quit comedy - Gadsby is back with Douglas, a brand-new show named after her beloved pup. It's running for a strictly limited time at Arts Centre Melbourne's Hamer Hall, so get in quick.
...with the Boys
Lean Into It by Dave Thornton
As he enters his late 30s, The Project regular Dave Thornton is having an early mid-life crisis. With his love of black coffee and red wine, he's sort of an adult, but his constant Simpsons references say otherwise. Catch his hilariously relatable show Lean Into It at Max Watt's.
Divorced... With Children by Aaron Gocs
Head to The Victoria Hotel's Boardroom for a night of side-splitting laughter courtesy of the fast food-reviewing, mullet-owning Aussie ledge himself, Gocsy. Join him as he opens up about life as a divorced suburban dad doing his best in the heartfelt, humorous new show, Divorced... With Children.
...with the Family
The Greatest Magic Show by Sam & Justin
After a sell-out run of shows last year, Sam & Justin are bringing their famous feats of magic, breathtaking circus acts, barrels of laughter and next-level entertainment to the iconic Melba Spiegeltent. It's already won the 2019 Fringe World Weekly Award for Best Children’s Show so it's safe to say the kids will love it. Grab your tickets for 30% off now!
Super Amazing Giant Girl by Anna Lumb & Jez Davies
Kids and big kids alike will love this action-packed, interactive show that combines circus acts, hula hoops, roller skates, juggling, bananas, dancing absurd comedy and clever physical theatre. Coming to Melbourne Town Hall from 6 to 21 April, this hilarious and fun show is a delight for all ages.
Where to Eat and Drink
You'll need to fuel your belly for all that laughter, so we've hand-picked four of the best dining offers available right now, perfect for that pre- or post-show feed.
Nirankar Restaurant, CBD
Treat your palate to authentic Indian and Nepalese flavours at Nirankar Restaurant, one of Melbourne's top-rated South Asian eateries. Scoop up our deal today for a multi-dish banquet complete with beer, wine or soft drink from $45 for two people!
Al Metro, Fitzroy
Brunswick Street's Al Metro is about as close as you'll come to authentic Venetian cuisine without boarding a plane. Think mouthwatering meatballs and arancini, risotto just like Nonna used to make, and deliciously sweet desserts. Right now, you can enjoy three courses of Italian perfection with a glass of wine or beer each for two from $39!
Kobe Jones, Docklands
Love your Japanese food? Well, we're betting you've never had Japanese quite like what's on offer at Docklands' iconic Kobe Jones. From sushi and crab salad to wagyu beef and chicken karaage (plus a glass of Chandon per person!) it's hard to go past their 10-dish banquet, starting at $69.
Two words: Seafood. Stack. Gorge yourself on two tiers of the ocean's best at Essence on Exhibition, located inside the five-star Marriot Melbourne. We're talking oysters, octopus, mussels, crab and more, plus a bottle of wine to share from $69 for two. Where do we sign up?