Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has concluded for 2017. Check back again in 2018 for another year of laughs at ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel!

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the third-largest of its kind in the world and one of the largest cultural events in Australia. Established in 1987, the festival is an annual event which is held over four weeks – typically commencing in March and running through April. Melbourne Town Hall served as the festival’s hub in the early 1990’s, but now performances are held in numerous venues all over the city.

This year, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will run from 29th March 2017 to 23rd April 2017.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival caters for all tastes – from stand-up acts and cabaret performances, to sketch shows, plays, improvisational theatre, debates, musical shows and art exhibitions. The televised Gala is one of the Comedy Festival’s flagship events, showcasing short performances from many headline and award-winning comics. Other high profile events include The Great Debate, The Opening Night Super Show, and ‘Upfront’ – a night of laughs featuring only female comedians.

ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel is one of the many venues across the city that will be hosting comedians during the Comedy Festival. In 2017, our hotel lineup includes the following artists:

  • Aaron Chen
  • Daniel Townes
  • Jared Jekyll
  • Sam Taunton
  • Alice Snedden
  • Anne Edmonds
  • Becky Lucas
  • New Order (UK, featuring Ahir Shah, Brennan Reece, Emma Sidi and Steve Bugeja)
  • Sammy J
  • Snort
  • The Stevenson Experience
  • Tom Walker


Travelling to Melbourne for the International Comedy Festival, but haven’t booked accommodation? Look no further than ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel. Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, our hotel is not only hosting comedians for the Comedy Festival- but is also within easy walking distance to a number of venues. Check out our specials page and book your stay with us today!