Melbourne Comedy Festival returns with expanded program

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is returning this month with an expanded program following a funding boost from the state government.

The additional investment will bring comedy events to regional Victoria, add new venues to the line-up and attract more people to the program of events.

Throughout February and March, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Outta Town will tour Geelong, Mildura, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Hamilton, Portland, Bendigo, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

The festival officially opens in Melbourne on 30 March and runs to 24 April, with hundreds of shows across the city and a new circus tent hub.

Extra venues for 2022 include RMIT Capitol Theatre, Trades Hall, the Chinese Museum, the Greek Centre and the Victoria Hotel. Beyond the CBD, the festival will also head to Thornbury, Narre Warren, Werribee, Footscray, Moorabbin, Preston and Broadmeadows.

Free performances will also be held at Federation Square and other outdoor spaces across the city.

“We’re investing in expanding the festival to fill more venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria,” said Tourism and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director Susan Provan said it was exciting to be returning to the city.

“We’re back and excited to be partnering with Visit Victoria to deliver a massive program for comedy fans in the coming months,” she said.