Get set for big laughs at the International Comedy Festival in Melbourne
For three and a half weeks every year, Melbourne transforms into one of the world's leading showcases for comedy superstars and up and comers alike as the International Comedy Festival sweeps through town.
Catch the best of the best and the latest crop of rising comedians at this year's line-up, celebrating the festival's 28th year. It's an amazing feat for an event that grew from humble beginnings, now attracting audiences of over 630,000 and lauded as one of the biggest comedy festivals around the world.
Look out for both home-grown and international acts as they do their best to make you smile, chuckle and laugh wholeheartedly. They say laughter is good for the soul, so why not treat you and your family to an event that's sure to entertain everyone?
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from March 26 - April 20 and features a diverse range of performers. Some of the international highlights in the 2014 schedule include rising star (and recent Conan O'Brien guest) Aparna Nancherla and the unmissable Best of the Edinburgh Fest featuring Tom Stade, Carl Donnelly and Kai Humphries.
"Catch the best of the best and the latest crop of rising comedians at this year's line-up, celebrating the festival's 28th year. It's an amazing feat for an event that grew from humble beginnings, now attracting audiences of over 630,000.
On the local side of things, keep your eyes peeled and your smiles at the ready for Aussie favourites Asher Treleaven, Celia Pacquola, the charity fundraising event Comed-oke and much more.
There's also plenty to enjoy with the kids as well, with performers such as The Flying Bookworm Theatre Company and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus sure to entertain your little ones. This year The Famous Spiegeltent will also be part of the festival, so make sure you catch a show within this historic handcrafted pavilion.
Built in 1920, this 'Grande Dame' of spiegeltents is created from wood, mirrors, canvas and leaded glass and has hosted some of the greatest cabaret artists, musicians, circus and burlesque performers all around the world.
This is your chance to experience the best that comedy has to offer with one of the most anticipated events in Melbourne, so don't miss out on this crowd-pleasing festival. Get your holiday accommodation organised in advance with options such as Mantra 100 Exhibition putting you right in the middle of the city with spacious self-contained apartments.