This North Melbourne Comic’s Lounge is Australia’s longest-running comedy club. Six nights a week you can grab a drink from the foyer bar before moving into the main room where you’ll be treated to a Joe King’s Bistro dinner and a three-act comedy show featuring both local and international comic geniuses. Performers include radio and television personalities such as Dave Hughes, Adam Hills and Carl Barron.
On Monday nights at 8:30 p.m., established and emerging comedians come to Spleen Bar on Bourke Street to try new material. The bar is always packed; the drinks are always flowing, and over the past year, comedians who have taken the stage include Will Anderson, Eddie Perfect, Charlie Pickering, Adam Hills, Jimeoin, Josh Thomas, Lehmo, Fiona O’Loghlin and Frank Woodley. Entry is free; however, a gold coin donation is appreciated.
Comedy at Spleen, 41 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9650 2400
Hosting approximately 1,000 performances each year, The Butterfly Club is Melbourne’s premier cabaret/comedy club. The Butterfly Club has launched the careers of comedians like Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect and hold regular nights such as Fab Fridays and The Big HOO-HAA! The kitsch club has a cosy capacity of 76, giving the space an intimate festival feeling.
The longest-running single-operator, independent comedy night in Melbourne takes place on Monday nights at The Local Taphouse in St Kilda. Hear new material and enjoy Local Laughs from comedians including Laura Davis, Yianni Agisilaou, Ivan Aristeguieta, Sami Shah and Tom Ballard. The venue also hosts trivia nights and live music and holds a variety of beers on tap.
Audiences have been suffering fits of laughter at The Last Laugh since 1975. Australian and international acts have graced the stage upstairs at The Athenaeum Theatre, including David Strassman, Wendy Harmer, Jimeoin, Alexi Sayle, Ben Elton, Rita Rudner, Richard Stubbs and Rod Quantock. The Last Laugh is open every Saturday night, and occasionally on Friday night.