Published on March 1st, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning


The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be tickling funny bones before the month is done with more than 600 shows on offer. The official program guide will be available in The Sunday Age on 5 March.

It’s also a big year for a little Island with the two biggest nights on the Australian comedy calendar to be hosted by Tassie expats. Off the back of his Australian Taskmaster debut and wedding, ABC and Festival favourite Luke McGregor will host The Gala, proudly supporting Oxfam. Just one week later and to officially open the Festival, our own international award-winning Hannah Gadsby will take charge of the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow.

“I’m really looking forward to hosting The Gala this year. It’s an honour to be asked, it’s one of the biggest nights of the comedy festival, and it’s the first time my partner (now wife) will see me do live stand up so noooooooo pressure.” – Luke McGregor

“The Melbourne Comedy Festival is where I first found my feet as a comedian (metaphorically), and I’m happy to report that this year I’ll finally find my feet there again (literally). I am really very chuffed to get to host the Opening Night Gala as part of the first all Tasmanian hosting line up (probably).” – Hannah Gadsby

Both The Gala and the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow are sold out.  Limited final release tickets may be available closer to the events. Both will be recorded live at the iconic Palais Theatre and screen later on ABC TV and ABC iview.

The Festival’s line-up includes Australia’s funniest performers and world-class International talent – with award-winning stand-up, cabaret, sketch, circus and more. There are also late-night shows, family friendly events, and free performances so that everyone can get involved.

Gather your fun-loving friends and get your tickets now!

The official Festival Program Guide is released this Sunday 5 March in The Sunday Age.

The Gala airs on ABC TV & ABC iview on Wednesday 29 March at 9pm.

Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow airs on ABC TV & ABC iview on Wednesday 5 April at 9pm.

For more information about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, on from 29 March to 23 April, visit

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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