C&G’s Guide to Melbourne Comedy Festival Bayside

The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival has officially kicked off it’s month of shows featuring the best comedy acts. As the third-biggest comedy festival in the world, Melbourne International Comedy Festival will host an incredible array of talent – from international stars to local and emerging comedians. In today’s blog, C&G highlights the best Southside shows to get your laugh on without heading to the CBD.

1.    The Parlour – Chadstone

In between shopping up a storm and grabbing a bite, take the kids and head to The Parlour for an hour of good ol’ fashioned laughs. The Comedy Club For Kids and Circus Tricktease (winner of Children’s Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival) features circus tricks, musical comedy and sketch comedy for junior comedy fans between the ages of 3-12 years old. With shows featured over the Easter break, what a great way to entertain the kids!

2.    Prince Bandroom – St Kilda

What’s better than afternoon bevvies with mates and a few laughs? This pub comedy crawl includes four bar hops in St Kilda with drink promos and a mystery top-act comedian featured in each venue. Mystery solving with cocktails and giggles? Count us in.

3.    Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre – South Yarra

It’s like the dance hit Fame but with laughs as good as the dance moves. Dance Nation is a comedy play about a troupe of pre-teens working a dance routine to compete at the dance finals. Set in the world of competitive dance, this prize-winning play will have you laughing and dancing in you seat. 

4.    The Espy – St Kilda

This comedy set is based on Saturday Afternoon Fever, the smash hit biography written by Matthew Hardy. Celebrating the book’s 20th anniversary, David Roy Williams and Matthew Hardy present this classic Aussie story about a naive boy retelling tales about his upbringing in Melbourne. With rave reviews and previously sold-out shows, this is one event not to be missed. 

5.    Caravan Club – Bentleigh East

This comedy act features fab ladies, Jo Stanley and Talei Wolfgramm, in a hilarious rom-com sing-along called, Chick Flick. As the two ladies miss their flight and are forced to share a hotel room together, things get messy with a lot of (prop) drinking as secrets are revealed while watching chick flicks. Best to bring your gal pals to this one and prepare your vocal cords for the amazing sing-along parts.

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