Melbourne Comedy Festival
The Melbourne Comedy Festival is the third largest comedy festival in the world and has a rich history of novice and experienced comedians making their names here. It is expected Melbourne Comedy Festival 2015 will be as popular as previous years and will attract fans from all over the world. To be among them book your tickets and accommodation in Melbourne well in advance. One of the great things about the festival is that there are free entry shows, so if you happen to be staying in the city, an impromptu decision to attend may well be possible.
What's to See?
The Melbourne Comedy Festival is set to feature hundreds of different shows between 25th March - 19th April 2015. In 2010 alone there were 360 different shows, and there’s set to be even more in 2015. You may automatically assume that Melbourne Comedy Festival is going to mean watching lots of comedians, but it is so much more. Stand-up and cabaret acts are in abundance, but there are plays, music shows, art exhibitions, and sketch shows. Some of the shows are even televised to a national audience.
History of the Event
The Melbourne Comedy Festival 2015 will be the 28th year of the event. Its roots lie in a media conference in 1987 where Sir Les Patterson and Peter Cook performed for a small audience. John Pinder, one of the co-founders, originally planned to create a Melbourne festival in the early 1980s and he visited a number of different festivals to look at the possibilities. The festival is a big tourist attraction and much of Melbourne's accommodation is booked up for the show period. It’s always been a major event in the calendar of Melbourne and people have been enjoying it to see performances by acts from such figures as Wogs Out Of Work and Rod Quantock. Originally starting out with 56 shows, the festival used to start on April Fool’s Day, although that did change over time.
Since there are so many shows the festival is held all across Melbourne. The only centralised zone is the Melbourne Town Hall, which has traditionally been the hub of the festival beginning in the early 1990s. The bars along the Yarra River are popular venues too.
It’s good news for those who are looking at accommodation for the festival as they don’t have to be situated in one place. Instead, it’s possible to book accommodation for the Melbourne Comedy Festival all across the city and still be within a mere stone’s throw of at least one show. Public transport within the city is well organised so it’s easy to move between venues.
Keep updated with the official Melbourne Comedy Festival website to find out where each comedian and where each show is going to be held. These are confirmed when the event draws closer to launch and the official program has just been released, so be sure to check it out!