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Here’s Where To Watch Free Live Comedy Every Night Of The Week In Melbourne

By Millie Lester
17th Aug 2018


Free live comedy every bloody night of the week ain’t no laughing matter, in fact, it’s the reality here in little old Melbourne. As it turns out, we’ve got more than enough venues throwing down open mic sessions to fill up every single school night on the calendar. The trick is knowing exactly where to look.

Here’s what a typical week looks like on Melbourne’s free live comedy scene.


Comedy @ Spleen | Spleen Bar


In the last year, Spleen Bar’s comedy sesh has had drop-ins from the likes of Wil Anderson, Charlie Pickering, Adam Hills, Josh Thomas, Lehmo, Fiona O'Loghlin, Jimeoin, Frank Woodley, Todd Barry, Greg Fleet, Tom Gleeson, Corinne Grant, Claire Hooper, Sammy J and Tom Ballard.

When: Mondays, 8:30 - 10:30pm
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Quick Bites Comedy | Boney


Every Monday night Boney opens its doors at 6pm for its weekly Quick Bites Comedy sesh. It’s even been known to host a cheeky international might drop in or two.

When: Mondays, 6:30pm
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Lido Comedy | Lido Cinemas


If you head to the Jazz Room at Lido Cinemas at 7:30pm on a Tuesday, you’ll be treated to a complimentary evening of comedy, hosted by Lewis Dowell. Make sure you book to reserve your seat or you’ll be laughing from the gutter outside.

When: Tuesdays, 7:30pm
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Imperial Comedy | The Imperial Hotel


Every single Tuesday night, the Imperial Hotel throws done not one but two ripper stand-up comedy shows at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. There are also two restaurants on site because ain’t nothing worse than laughing on an empty stomach.

When: Tuesdays, 7:30pm & 8:30pm
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Bertie's Comedy Jam


Head southside to a free night of laughs at our favourite cheap eatery on Chapel Street. Not only are there bargain pizzas (for only $4!!) but there are also bargain laughs upstairs from 9pm every Tuesday.

When: Tuesdays, 9:00pm
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Comedy at Highlander | Highlander


If you head to the Highlander on a Wednesday night at 7pm, you’ll be treated to no less than five free comedy acts, plus $5 house whiskeys and half price their single malt of the week.

When: Wednesdays, 7:00pm
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Dirty Secrets Comedy | Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets


The laughs are many and close together every Wednesday at Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets in Collingwood. The mic is open for all, just put your name down from 7pm.

When: Wednesdays, 7:30pm
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Rookie Nights | The Imperial Hotel


When it comes to free comedy, The Imperial Hotel just won’t quit. Alongside both its Tuesday night shows, it also has an open mic night on Wednesdays where sign ups are welcome from 7pm.

When: Wednesdays, 7:30pm
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Guerilla Comedy | The Resistance Bar & Cafe


Hawthorn certainly delivers on Wednesday nights with a laidback night of comedy at The Resistance Bar & Cafe where bean bags are a plenty, $5 tap beers are cold and a hilarious lineup of comedians is always scheduled.

When: Wednesdays, 8pm
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Crab Lab | House Of Maximon Bar


If staying put in the CBD is more your thing, The Crab Lab room at the House of Maximon Bar will give you a good old fashioned dose of humour every Wednesday night at 8:30pm.

When: Wednesdays, 8:30pm
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Stand Up in the Attik | Attik


Prahran’s Attik puts on a stellar night of laughs every Thursday with its open mic night. Comedians of all ability are welcome to show off their best material on stage and enjoy a well deserved drink afterwards.

When: Thursdays, 8:00pm
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Rochey Comedy | Rochester Hotel


For absolutely zero dollars, you can watch some of the country’s best comics in action at Fitzroy’s Rochester Hotel every Thursday night. You might even catch a glimpse of an international name too...

When: Thursdays, 8:30pm
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Comedy at Exford | The Exford Hotel


The Exford Hotel in the CBD is a Melbourne comedy institution, serving up five-star laughs every Thursday night at 8:30pm in the Wintergarden Room.

When: Thursday, 8:30pm
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Comedy Lockdown | Maroondah Sports Club


To top of a ripper week of laughs is the Friday night Comedy Lockdown at Maroondah Sports Club in Ringwood where you can take in the comedic finesse of local comics every second Friday of the month at 8pm.

When: Every second Friday of the month, 8-10pm
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Image credit: Boney

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