The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs until April 22 and features over 600 shows. Here are three hacks to help you keep laughing out loud through most of it:
1. Do your research before you attend any show. Find out what appeals to you — do you like stand-up or do you prefer cabaret? — and what venues they’re held at. Some places — like the historic Melbourne Town Hall — could be worth exploring before or after your show.
2. Traveling with the kiddos? There are family-friendly shows, like Gillian English’s Comedy of Errors for Kids. Also, take note of acts that feature adult humor — you may want to keep the young ones busy while you attend those sessions.
3. Purchase tickets in person. Getting tickets via the festival’s official website is the easiest option, but you can also purchase tickets at various box offices located around the city, or at the door on show nights (if they’re not already sold out). Do note that some ticketing outlets only accept credit card payments.
This article first appeared in the April 2018 issue of Smile magazine.