VIEWING BY MONTH
No solos, no microphones, no auditions, and no show ponies – just a big group sing of some of the best pop music on the planet.
Wickedly fun Burlesque Life Drawing on Tuesdays.
Our free weekly piano bar featuring some of Melbourne's best entertainers. Did we mention it's free?
Starting in November
The Big HOO-HAA!
Fast, furious and funny, The Big HOO-HAA! is Melbourne's longest-running and best-loved weekly impro comedy show. This is a popular show in a tiny theatre: book ahead.
Starting in December
'Tis The Season...
Bailey and Bonnie present their annual Christmas Cabaret for the whole family on Christmas Day. But this year, they have a mission; For this Xmas to be the first year where no one gets hit, cries or calls the police.
Worn down by the weight of too many years on the road, the truth isn’t something easily recalled. What isn’t a lie is myth and Bad Dylan has many stories to tell.
It’s Not Me, It’s Definitely You
Lisa Woodbrook is taking dating to a whole new level. Offering sound advice for those looking for love in the age of swiping right, consecutive ghosting and when meeting someone ‘organically’ is as rare as actually paying for Netflix.
Innes Lloyd: A Very DIE HARD Christmas
With games, quizzes, high octane re-enactments and of course 'Fun Facts' this show is guaranteed to make you scream "Yippee Ki Yay..."
Funny Music Mondays
Comedy rock duo PickUp hosts a new line-up every week. Entry is free and the bar is open throughout. If it’s funny and it’s musical; it’s here.
A Christmas Tale
This fresh, exciting work is inspired by real-life conversations and stories about Christmas from women across Australia.
The Seventh Annual Mama Alto Holiday Special
Gender transcendent diva, jazz singer and cabaret artiste Mama Alto returns with a constellation of special guests for her much beloved yuletide tradition.
Whoop Dee Doo: Another Late Night Revue
Burlesque. Cabaret. Comedy. Drag. Damn entertaining. Every month.
Starting in January
Mixology with Mini Marilyn
She’s packed her cocktails, her girls and her gear... although it’s been long overdue! Melbourne; you’re the one she can’t wait to do.
Simon Taylor's New Stuff
Every year before touring, Simon puts all his favourite new material together. It will be stand-up, magic and music all rolled into one big fun show.
NEWK! (The John Newcombe Story)
Performed by Damian Callinan and written by Kieran Carroll this is both a comedy and a drama, tracing the extraordinary life of 1960s and 70s Australian tennis champion, John Newcombe.
An Australian premiere of the immersive theatre production that has stunned audiences around the globe. Ethereal Andy will take audiences deep into a multi-disciplinary rabbit hole.
Silent All These Years - The Songs of Tori Amos
Through a series of Tori's most famous songs to some of her more obscure ones Kate Finkelstein pays homage to the courage and genius of Tori Amos.
Rhys Nicholson and a Friend Try New Jokes
So that big comedy festival is fast approaching and all us comedians are frantically trying to get our new shows written. Why not come and watch this process for a small amount of money?
Soft-Butch Show Queen
Mark J Wilson appears in this new performance art work, that fuses musical parody, hyper-masculinity and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Internationally acclaimed award winning comedy cabaret bitches Boo Dwyer and Tash York have combined forces to address the very specific, small and somewhat meaningless issues that make us petty, but better than the rest.
Starting in February
The Most Amazing Planet in the Universe
Dr Phil's songs and stories will take you on a trip around the cosmos and reveal the surprising things that make our world special.
Sustainable Stand Up
These shows star a bunch of smart, lovely people who are working to make the world better.
The Cake Bride
Ace trans comedian, Nikki Viveca explores her own complicated relationship with the world of weddings. Featuring story-telling, standup and a touching love story between woman and dessert.
Beyond the Beehive
Beyond the tabloid coverage, Amy Winehouse was a masterful musician who drew on the rich history of jazz, gospel, soul, 60s girl-groups and hip-hop to create a new kind of music that influenced many who came after her.
Creatures of the Deep
A journey beneath the surface to meet a plethora of beautiful, wild sea creatures who are given a voice to share their unique perspective beneath the waves.
Don’t Be A C***: This Is How
Julia Rorke is a Sydney born kombucha enthusiast who’s always known her destiny: telling people how 2 be less shit.
But she’s never gone pro. Until now.
Swakhi Rahedi: Intuition
Swakhi Rahedi performs a series of original contemporary modern music, created to the backdrop of contemporary art. Intimate and visually supported.
James Harnden: All About Me
No Smoke No Mirrors
An intriguing evening of magical entertainment from one of Australia’s most unique and accomplished master magicians.
Starting in March
El Vito! A one woman show
A story within a story, the passion of Latin-America is brought to you in the most intimate and unique way.
The Empire Digs Deeper
Is global worming real or imagined? Do lumps of coal time travel outside of Canberra? How did Gina find the time to write sublimely substrata poetry?
Who really is The Force?
No rehearsal, no preparation, no holds barred; this show is the thoughts of one woman when she thinks about sex with men. A different man every night is charged with reading her script aloud, sight unseen, in front of an audience – you!
Full of wit, warmth and plenty of whiskey, Any Sugar is a musing on the nature of love that would have Jane Austen rolling in her grave.
Son of a Bitch
Felix Castaner, an aspiring stand up comedian is performing a show when his overbearing mother shows up un-announced. Failing to make her leave the stage they continue the show as mother and son. What could possibly go wrong?
Rocky The Third
Come witness one of cinema's most inarticulate heroes become one of Shakespeare's most verbose in this heavyweight epic.
The Worst Little Warehouse in London
In this hysterical and off the wall cabaret, Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith are two wide eyed koalas fresh off the boat, looking for the perfect place to call home. Over 55-minutes, relive their year living at Unit 1 Daisy Mill as they discover high ceilings, bathroom baskets and very thin bedroom walls.
Bron is going on first dates. Live onstage!
Volunteer to be part of the action or watch from the safety of your seat as Bron takes modern romance to the next level - all in front of the audience!
Innes Lloyd: DRACULA
Comedy duo Innes Lloyd take on DRACULA! A tale that has been retold, parodied, sequelled, theatre restaurant-ed and, frankly, done-to-death.
Odette: Baby Daddy!
Perth FRINGE WORLD 2018 Best Comedy nominee Odette! is the fun, feisty, incredibly fertile cleaning lady everybody loves to love!
Dr. Feral, assistant to the infamous Dracula, shares revealing and personal stories of his life as a vampire's b.a.e.
Funny Music Mondays MICF
This is the late-night party on Mondays at the Festival.
Starting in April
Ovariacting: A Period Drama
Get padded up for an evening of all things menstruation as you fight the good fight to help men and women everywhere talk about the bloody elephant in the room. Period.
Taco Knight in: A Knight’s Taco
Whoever heard of double bass comedy? You have now. Join modern-day jester Taco Knight as she delights the masses with original songs about tattoos, tofu, existentialism and everything in between.
Wool! A History of Australia’s Wool Industry: The Musical
Behind every great sheep is a shearer. Behind every great shearer is a loving family great at admin. Behind every great family, there's a Governor intent on taking them down.
Woman of the Hour
A legendary artist, muse and woman of the stage shares an intimate retrospective of her life in the limelight. Can she contain her extravagant glamour in the modest furnishings of a festival show and go for an hour without picking up a bottle of gin?
A new folk-rock comedy-cabaret by acclaimed songwriter and comic Tara Leigh Dowler, full of original earworms and pulp-goth attitude, chronicling too many trips to the emergency room.
Bella Green is Charging For It
This show answers all the questions you didn't know you had about sex work. Like why is paying for sex so similar to ordering a salad? And how can you wear Uggs while still being a cold, hard dominatrix?
Laurie Black: Space Cadette
Bored of nuclear war, corrupt politicians and plastic seas? Want to get away from it all? Join alien babe cabaret queen Laurie Black and her spaceship-synthesiser.
Three Guards on Manus Island
An hour of wildly silly yet fiercely logical sketches and songs.
Tone Death: A Ghost Musical
Halfway through their set, a comedian dies on stage, adding them to the ranks of a small group of ghosts who live in the theatre.
I Have A Face
In her fifth solo show, Jude Perl is embarking on an adventure to solve all of our collective inner angst.
Small Tales of Little Mercy
The Reverend Martin Dunlop invites all and sundry to the Little Mercy Chapel and Refectory for a dose of ol’ time storytelling to save your sweet immortal soul.
Alice Tovey: Garbage Monster
Alice Tovey's quick-witted new cabaret explores the parts of ourselves and our society that we hide away and bury deep. Shame, guilt, inappropriate men - they're all been firmly placed in the bin. And it's time to take out the garbage.
Visit 1950s England with some of Melbourne's best improvising comedians from The Big HOO-HAA! and Impro Melbourne. They’re trapped in a hilarious Agatha Christie mystery so fiendish, only a genius could work out whodunnit.
PickUp: Nerds Are Sexy
As self-confessed nerds, PickUp look at why caring about things makes you hot. Live rock music comedy with scorching harmonies & intelligence. This new show is a sex-positive romp that is inclusive & fun for all.
Poopie Tum Tums
Following from award winning show CULL and Green Room nominated Let’s Get Practical! Live, Honor and Patrick are tired of comedy and are hanging up their red noses and anal beads to endeavour on their most serious show yet.
Anya Anastasia: The Show
Aspiring Secret Agent Super-Spy Anya Anastasia stars as herself in this hilarious anti-musical about her own life.
Starting in May
Nocturnal Fever - Women of Sin
Bringing some of the dirtiest blues back to life, is Melbournes sexiest blues duo, Diamonds and the Blues. With a gorgeous Burlesque artist taking you on their own subversive journey each evening.
Trio of Dips - Love Me Tinder
Join the Trio of Dips as they brave this new frontier and try to navigate their hilariously disastrous love lives through musical theatre classics, operetta gems, and pop power ballads.
Starting in July
I Hope it's Not Raining in London
A contemporary, hybrid-experimental theatre piece which sets out to explore our perceived realities and the effects of trauma.