Mic Drop is one of the must-see comedy showcases at this year’s Comedy Festival

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Mic Drop is one of the must-see comedy showcases at this year’s Comedy Festival

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Words by Staff Writer

Mic Drop turns the stunning surrounds of Captain Melville on Franklin Street into a comedy haven for Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

We’re living in the golden age of comedy, where platforms like YouTube have revolutionised exposure for emerging stand-ups across the world. But if you’ve ever been to a comedy showcase yourself, you’ll agree – nothing compares to the hilarity of seeing it live.

Captain Melville Comedy bring one of these fantastic comedy showcases – Mic Drop – to this year’s Comedy Festival, boasting a superb lineup of 10 different stellar stand-ups each night, with dates ranging throughout the festival from March 27 to April 21.

Expect some of the best contemporary stand-ups from Australia and abroad, as many of the festival’s most promising names test their best material in front of new crowds and a fantastic atmosphere.

Mic Drop’s Comedy Festival showcases

  • 10 stand-up comedians performing each night
  • Captain Melville, 34 Franklin St, Melbourne
  • 90 minutes
  • Tickets here

Mic Drop dates and times

  • Wed 27 Mar & Thu 28 Mar: 7pm
  • Wed 3 Apr – Sat 6 Apr: 7pm
  • Sun 7 Apr: 6pm
  • Wed 10 Apr – Sat 13 Apr: 7pm
  • Sun 14 Apr: 6pm
  • Wed 17 Apr – Sat 20 Apr: 7pm
  • Sun 21 Apr: 6pm

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Expect a riotous atmosphere for a bargain

In addition to being a riotous showcase in its own right, it’s also proven one of the best ways to find fantastic shows to go to throughout the broader festival, as it gives you a taste-tester of up to 10 different Comedy Festival shows each night.

Expect the full range of comedic styles each night, ranging from alternative comedians to satirical, observational, one-liner specialists and even some character and sketch comedians lighting up each night.

These nights are a total bargain and tend to attract big demand, so the organisers purposely refrain from posting the lineups before each show – they don’t want to prevent people from booking tickets to the comedians’ solo shows as they’ll be likely to see them perform at Mic Drop for a much cheaper price.

At only $15.50 for a single ticket and $26 for a double pass, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper night of comedy throughout the entire festival, let alone the chance to see 10 comics vying for your attention throughout the night.

Nights like Mic Drop are crucial to our comedy community

There’ll be a considerable mix of comedic experience on offer, with a conglomeration of seasoned festival professionals, up-and-comers and breakout viral success stories making their mark on stage. For this reason, you can consider Mic Drop your chance to discover the next comedy sensation, at one of the CBD’s most impressive gastropubs.

We’ve always found comedy showcases like Mic Drop are a fantastic way to experience Melbourne International Comedy Festival, especially if you’re a bit overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of the program.

After all, it is Australia’s biggest cultural festival and knowing where to begin among the huge amount of new names that make their way to Melbourne each year is no small feat.

There’s the obvious diversity and depth of the talent pool that helps ensure these nights are great for a range of comedic tastes, but if you dig deeper, these nights are also the bedrock of the local comedy community.

They’re often where comedians prove themselves, with established nights like these a favourite for talent scouts, agents and club owners. They also provide networking opportunities between comedians themselves (no shortage of compelling double acts have bonded at nights like these), while they’re always also a fantastic way for comedians and their newfound audiences to mingle together in an intimate and enjoyable atmosphere.

Get tickets here while they last.

This article was made in partnership with Mic Drop.