The Best Comedy Clubs In Melbourne

The Comic's Lounge | © Alpha/Flickr
The Comic's Lounge | © Alpha/Flickr
There’s no need to wait for Melbourne’s annual International Comedy Festival in April as there are a number of comedy clubs that will have you rolling in laughter year-round. From independent and kitsch clubs to the intimate and the roomy – these five comedy clubs host a variety of national and international stand-up comedians who are ready to take the stage, grab the mic and make you laugh so much it hurts. Leave your morals at the door and step inside; after all, laughter is the best medicine.

The Comic’s Lounge

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.

The Comic’s Lounge, 26 Errol Street, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 9348 9488

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Comedy at Spleen

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

The Butterfly Club

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 Butterfly Club, Carson Place, off Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9663 8107

Local Laughs

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.

The Local Taphouse, 184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9537 2633

The Last Laugh Comedy Club

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.

The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 9650 1977