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Ben Kochan: Winning Smile

Thursday 18 July, 6:00pm

Join Ben for an encore performance of his Melbourne Comedy Festival show Winning Smile.

Ben’s been keeping his eyes open lately and his nose well and truly to the grindstone. He’s tried to stop looking at his phone as much. He walks down the street, no phone. Sits in a waiting room, no phone. Gets an uber, zero phone.

The show is not about Ben trying to use his phone less, he’s just telling you this because the decrease in phone usage means the observation uptake has been through the roof! He’s noticed stuff about moths, about how sometimes cows get stuck in tornadoes and definitely other stuff as well.

Ben’s mind is open and yours probably has a little sign on it that says, “back in ten minutes.” No offence.

Ben has opened for Wil Anderson, Tom Gleeson and Dave Hughes.

“Kochan is a silly guy.” Beat  

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Ashley Apap: Restless

17 - 20 July, 7:00pm

THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT THEORY BAR SCREENING ROOM - Ground Floor 19-23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

With a brain that won’t stop and body that slows her down, award-nominated writer/comedian Ashley Apap obliterates her comfort zone in her first hour of stand-up.

Being unsettled is a default for Apap - finding calm in the ridiculousness of existence, she is most at ease when embracing chaos.

In RESTLESS, Ashley reaches for comfort and connection to get out of her head, and into your heart. Through her offbeat performance style, clever misdirection and cheeky crowd work, Apap demonstrates the tension that propels her very being.

RESTLESS is one Silly Duffer’s absurdist attempt at laughing in the face of her endless overwhelm. With the help of cautious optimism, an enduring curiosity for truth and a fondness for friendship, Ashley is not taking standing up, lying down.

“Should absolutely be at the top of anyone’s list of great Australian comedians.” ★★★★ Theatre Matters  

“Great comic potential... a voice not often heard.” The Age  

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Lloyd Langford: Blunt

Thursday 18 July, 7:30pm

Lloyd Langford has turned 40 and has simply run out of fucks to give.

He's now far more comfortable in his own skin and a bit more critical about everyone else's. Come along to Lloyd’s encore performance of Blunt and witness him turn his laser sharp brain, and admittedly slow speech, on all and sundry. And put your chubby little hands together and pray you don't get caught in the crossfire.

Seen on Have You Been Paying Attention?, Thank God You're Here, Spicks & Specks and Would I Lie To You?

“Because he has such a good way with words, conjuring up hilarious images, the punchlines hit all the harder.” Chortle  

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Main Stage

Every Thursday - Saturday, 8:00pm (9pm all of July)

Comedy Republic's signature lineup show!

Main Stage has quickly become our biggest show, selling out on the regular with huge all-star lineups and lively fun-loving crowds. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can be sure to catch a heap of the best comedians Melbourne and the wider world have to offer.

Replay Festival Specials Filming Week 18-20 July: 3 nights of live-taping our own Main Stage lineup featuring the best comedians from this year's Comedy Festival.

- - - MAIN STAGE FORMAT - - -

Main Stage (90min show, 5+ comedians, inc interval)
Thursday 8:00pm - $26
Friday 8:00pm - $29
Saturday 8:00pm - $36

- - - UPCOMING LINEUPS - - -

This weeks performances will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

THURSDAY 18 JULY Maddy Weeks, Aurelia St Clair, Josh Earl, Charlie Lewin, Jack Druce, Con Coutis, Meg Jager, William Wang & Tess Birch

FRIDAY 19 JULY Prue Blake, Rhys Nicholson, Sez, Ben Russell, Nina Oyama, Rowan Thambar, Fergus Neal, Nat Harris, Suren Jayemanne & more

SATURDAY 20 JULY Tim Hewitt, Lizzy Hoo, Takashi Wakasugi, Stu Daulman, Jordan Barr, David Quirk, Rohan Ganju, Sonia Di Iorio & more

Coming up in July: Claire Hooper, Tom Walker, Anisa Nandaula, Nick White, Jordan Barr, Prue Blake, Harry Jun & more

(Lineups are subject to last minute changes)

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Andy Balloch: Killing Time

18 & 19 July, 9:30pm
21 July, 7:00pm

THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT IMPROV CONSPIRACY - Level 1/19 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

Welcome to Games Night in Andy Balloch’s lounge-room – where nothing is what it seems and time is running out!

Join Andy on a night of mad-capped mayhem, featuring: A safety conscious James Bond! Air safety demonstrations gone wrong! And a book about fire that has too much fire in it!

A show about the time we have, the people we’ve lost, and finding your voice before you lose it.

Winner: Weekly Award 2024 Adelaide Fringe
Winner: QLD Tour Ready Award 2023 Melbourne Fringe
Nominee: Golden Gibbo 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

“Phenomenally clever and funny as hell.” ★★★★★ Lilithia Reviews  

“Captivating… and entirely empowering.” ★★★★ Hugging Comedians  

“He simply knows how to give you a good time.” ★★★★ GlamAdelaide  

“A brilliant queer comedic mind.” The Age  

Location Improv Conspiracy

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Luka Muller: Five Top Smells I Smelled Before

Friday 19 July, 6:00pm

I'm trying to go on my phone less, so have decided to make a show about the five smells that shaped my life.

Yes, I have made scratch and sniff cards for every audience member so you can smell along with the show.

Parts of it are also about asexuality, my bladder, and comedian/television personality Michael Hing. Laugh at my jokes, hear my stories and please, smell my smells.

As seen and heard on triple j, the BBC, Channel 9 & Channel 10.

“Personally revealing show... frank and hilarious. Affable and charming.” ★★★★ The Age  

“A comedic mastermind... lovable and relatable. A true original.” ★★★★★ Funny Tonne

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Kirsty Webeck: I'll Be The Judge Of That

Friday 19 July, 7:30pm

After a record breaking season (for her) at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, award winning* comedian Kirsty Webeck is back with her show "I'll Be The Judge Of That."

It’s got a lot of jokes in it because the genre demands them.

She’s recently learned more about her relationship with farmers, she’s had a harrowing experience with classical music and a special thing happened to her at the airport. Come down for some giggles.

* she won the St. Jude's Primary School Courtesy and Friendliness Award in 1989.

“Kirsty Webeck is a born comedian, with comedy in her bones. She's killing it but she's choosing to Kill with Kindness.” Squirrel Comedy  

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Claire Hooper: So Proud

Saturday 20 July, 6:00pm

Winner: Piece Of Wood, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024

Kids get praise for doing anything remotely well. But if I told you I tied my own shoelaces this morning, you’d just give me a worried look.

Claire Hooper is done with being an adult - pretending to have fun at ten pin bowling, pretending to enjoy her children’s concert performances, pretending she’s not desperate for her father’s love.

And she’s written a whole show just to get her dad to tell her that he’s SO PROUD.

Seen on Have You Been Paying Attention? and host of podcast I’m The Worst with Claire Hooper.

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Oliver Coleman: Goof

Saturday 20 July, 7:30pm

Nominee – Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2024

Coleman comes onstage and gets straight into it. He’s on fire tonight. Something has obviously gone terribly wrong. People from the audience shout at him to stop, drop and roll. But he’s acting like this happens every night. The man’s a professional and he’s got jokes to tell.

It’s beautiful in a way, but then the room begins to stink up with smoke and the fire alarm goes off. Everyone is asked to evacuate. Coleman carries on doing the show to an empty room.

The exquisitely crafted stand-up show from one of the most creative comedians in the country is back at Replay Festival.

You might have heard Oliver on 3RRR.

“With sweeping scope, Coleman’s hilarious observations, eccentric sketches and appealing performance combine in a rich comic feast.” ★★★★ Chortle, 2024  

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Daisy Webb: Joy

Tuesday 23 July, 6:00pm

A show about self-discovery, self-love, and a little bit of self-importance.

In the depths of 2020’s repeated lockdowns, Daisy Webb came to the realisation that she is a trans woman, and has since been on a non-stop ride of hormones, career changes, second puberty, a surprising amount of admin, and writing some very funny jokes about it all.

Being trans is great, actually, and Daisy is finally ready to share just how silly, awkward, and joyful it is in her debut solo hour.

“Brave, enlightening and may make you want to hug her” Australian Stage  

“Daisy Webb’s factory setting is ‘silly’” Chortle  

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Noah Szto: Success In Everything

Tuesday 23 July, 7:30pm
NEW SHOW ADDED Wednesday 24 July, 6:00pm

Winner: Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024

“Success In Everything” is the debut hour from one of Melbourne’s most promising young comedians, Noah Szto. Originally performed across 16 nights in a literal karaoke room, he’s so thrilled to be bringing it back for one night only(!) in a venue that is actually equipped to be hosting this kind of thing

A recovering overachiever, Noah originally conceived this show as a way to overcome his perfectionism and teach himself how to do things just for fun. Unfortunately, it’s since won a couple of awards, and as a result he finds himself largely unchanged and just as stiflingly Type-A as ever. Come join him for this hour of stand-up and stories as he tries to out-achieve his low self-esteem!

Winner: Comedy New Work, Melbourne Fringe 2023

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Granny Bingo: Brave New World

Wednesday 24 July, 7:30pm

Melbourne’s nastiest nans Edith Vale, Maureen McGillicuddy & Caroline Springs have been doing their own research.

These girls have been around for a long time but recently they’ve started to feel out of touch. Is the world going mad or are they? The grannies are setting out to learn about everything the modern world has to offer – from equality for all to anti-vaxers, climate change to flat-earthers. They’re trying their best to get it right, and they do... most of the time.

The grannies have been performing as a group for nine years, famously holding a monthly cult comedy bingo night Granny Bingo. They won the 2017 Golden Gibbo award for their debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, A Visit With Nan In A Caravan at Trades Hall and have had successful seasons at Arts Centre Melbourne, The Malthouse, Adelaide Fringe and Mardi Gras to name a few. The ladies are looking forward to returning to Trades Hall for the 2024 season.

Edith, Maureen & Caroline are the brainchildren of comedians Thomas Jaspers ("A National Treasure", Herald Sun), Kyle Minall ("A flawless performer", Australian Arts Review) and Scott Brennan ("A crackerjack to watch", Theatre Press).

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Nicolette Minster: Boredroom

Thursday 25 July, 6:00pm

It’s London 2012 and isolated in a basement kitchen in an otherwise abandoned office building, Nicolette works as a temp.

The job? To put assorted creams on plates then wait by the phone for an invitation to deliver them to the boardroom. In her time at this job, she’ll never see another living person. Cool cool, doesn’t sound sinister AT ALL.

As seen on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Kinne Tonight and Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

“Boredroom showcases Minster’s prowess as a performer: she wrings every comic nuance out of her script with timing and precision.” The Saturday Paper  

★★★★ Hugging Comedians  

★★★★ Offstage.au  

Directed by Claire Hooper
Dramaturgy by Jane Bodie
Sound Design by Talia Raso

Location Comedy Republic Theatre

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Nick White: Teenage Dream

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July, 6:00pm

Creative expression is something Nick White has always yearned for, even if it wasn’t always easy.

Join Nick for an encore performance of his sold out Melbourne Comedy Festival show ‘Teenage Dream, as he looks back on the things that have shaped him from his youth to now; the good, the bad and the seriously random XD

This is Nick’s second solo show after his debut, Grow Up, had a sold out run along Australia’s east coast and the UK. Nick has also amassed a following on TikTok through his sketch and character comedy, with over thirty-five million likes. His work has been featured on sites HuffPost, The Independent, Junkee & Triple J.

“Nick is hilarious and lightning quick” Theatre Travels  

“Soul-hugging… revelatory” Time Out, 2024  

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Bron Lewis: Obviously

Friday 26 July, 7:30pm

Ever found yourself in a situation you have no idea how to handle, but it would be too embarrassing to admit it so you pretend you obviously know what you’re doing? Hello tax time, foreign toilets and parenthood!

Award winning comedian and ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ regular, Bron Lewis is one of Australia's most promising new talents, and her 2024 show 'Obviously' set to be a huge success. Lewis is a natural storyteller, and ‘Obviously’ is packed to the brim with Bron’s hilarious anecdotes of times when she has found herself stumbling through moments of complete confusion with her fingers crossed and a smile on her face.

From joining a mother’s group and sitting next to the patchouli mum to being held hostage in Africa by a man with a plastic police badge, Bron is no stranger to pretending everything is under control. Because obviously it is. Join Lewis for an hour of laughs, because this is a show you don’t want to miss. Obviously.

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Damian Callinan: Unlikely Friends

Saturday 27 July & 3 August, 4:30pm

Did Frida Kahlo & Marco Polo really meet at Coachella? Who dominated the music round in Andre the Giant & Neil Armstrong's pub trivia team? Who played Wing Defence in William Shakespeare & Marie Curie’s mixed netball team? Damian Callinan hosts an improvised chat show with a rotating duo of comedians and improvisors taking on historical roles as they reinvent the past, revealing how they became Unlikely Friends

The three-time nominee for Most Outstanding Show at MICF, returns to his improv roots in this new format that will be later released as a podcast. The 2024 MICF season featured, amongst others, Ned Kelly (Wil Anderson) & Estee Lauder (Gillian Cosgriff) reminiscing about the Kelly Gang hiding out at her luxury beachside estate in the Hamptons. Noah (Tom Gleeson) & Steve Irwin (Dane Simpson) riffed on their first meeting at Jesus’s Buck Weekend in Byron Bay. Who will launch themselves into the historical mosh pit this time? As Napoleon Bonaparte once said on the Graeme Norton Show, ‘History is a set of lies agreed upon’

Saturday 27 July feat Hannah Camilleri & Josh Ladgrove

Saturday 3 August feat Charlie Pickering & Genevieve Morris

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Tom Walker: My Treasures My Beautiful Treasures

Saturday 27 July, 7:30pm

Tom Walker is back with his 2024 Melbourne Comedy Festival show and ready to show you his beautiful treasures!

His many beautiful treasures! All his shining things! This is a show about obsession, the internet and pathetic men. A collection of beautiful moments from across time and space, all condensed down into an hour of comedy by one of Australia's tallest strongest comedians (not pound-for-pound, assertion made without data, if incorrect treat as joke).

Tom Walker was selected for the New Faces International line-up at the 2023 Just For Laughs Montreal. He has also appeared on Drunk History Australia and his comedy special Very Very features on Amazon Prime.

“A gloriously, relentlessly, irrepressibly unhinged blast of off-the-wall insanity.” ★★★★1/2 Chortle  

“Not for the faint of heart. Real weird. Real good.” ★★★★ Herald Sun  

“As delightfully odd and expressive as ever.” ★★★★ The Age  

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Comedy Republic's Bar Show

Every Tuesday from July 30, 7:30pm

New comedians doing their best, and the best comedians doing their new.

Get the crew together for cheap tickets, cheap drinks, cheap laughs. What’s not to love!

Tuesday 30 July Daniel Connell, Charlie Lewin, Scout Boxall, Fin McLachlan, Jacob Henegan & more

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Neurotica

31 July & 7 August, 6:30pm

Join us where comedy meets art, and art meets group hysteria for Neurotica: a lineup show of hilarious and deeply personal comedy from across the worlds of stand-up, literature, visual art and beyond.

Expect funny, uncomfortable, raw & intimate comedy in the form of storytelling, sketch and general weirdness, straight from the Bad Brains of some of our funniest creators.

Line Ups Announced Soon

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Who Knew It with Matt Stewart: 100th Episode Live!

Saturday 3 August, 3:00pm

‘Who Knew It with Matt Stewart’ is the comedy quiz podcast where the guests write the wrong answers! To celebrate the 100th episode, we’re doing a massive live show!

Previous episodes have featured top comedians and podcasters including Wil Anderson, Claire Hooper, Dave O’Neil, He Huang, Ivan Aristeguieta, Kirsty Webeck, Jess Perkins, Dave Warneke and Luke Heggie!

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Granny Bingo

First Monday Of Every Month, 7:30pm

Monthly drag bingo with your favourite nans.

Edith Vale, Maureen McGillicuddy and Caroline Springs have been hosting their sold out Granny Bingo night for 5 years. The pandemic almost took them out, but never fear; Caroline doesn't think it's real, so we're back live in the Comedy Republic bar!

And yes, you will actually play bingo! Nanna kisses xx

More events: Granny Bingo is on the first Monday of every month.

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Rob Carlton: Willing Participant

8 - 17 August, 6:30pm

Logie winning actor Rob Carlton is bringing his 5-star Adelaide Fringe hit, Willing Participant, to Melbourne for a limited 2-week season.

In this 1-hour show Rob tells four true stories: sexual taboos, big lies, deep heartaches, and blind hope. With stories from his 20’s to his 50’s, this world class storyteller reminds us what it is too feel alive!

Directed by theatre and comedy legend Darren Gilshenan, you’ll laugh and cry and laugh again and leave in love with the world.

“Storytelling at it's most delightfulness told by a consumate performer” ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide  

“Each story was pure joy... magnetic in his delivery” ★★★★★ Stage Whispers  

“I’ve never seen anything like it, this thing of simple storytelling beauty and humour nudging so regularly on the profound.” Trent Dalton - Boy Swallows Universe  

“Just superb” Michala Banas  

“Completely riveting!” Samuel Johnson  

“His stories shoot you through an emotional pinball machine” Josh Lawson  

48hr Flash Sale from 12pm Tue 18 June - 12pm Thu 20 June. Limited allocation available.

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Plumbing The Death Star

Thursday 22 August, 6:30pm

It’s the podcast you used to listen to now live and in the flesh!

Three of the worst brains Australia has to offer answer pop culture’s most important questions in the wrongest way possible.

This is not a Star Wars podcast.

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Confessions LIVE with Celia Pacquola, James Clement & Georgia Love

Friday 23 August, 6:00pm

Each week Sammy finds the weirdest online confessions on reddit dot com for great guests to give advice.

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Melbourne University Law Revue: Who Killed Harold Holt?

27-31 August, 6:30pm

For five nights only, come and see the 71st annual University of Melbourne Law Revue!

Back again at Comedy Republic, we promise you an evening of sketch comedy of only the highest and finest quality, written and performed by the best new talent in Melbourne.

The Revue has a host of top alumni: Ronny Chieng, Magda Szubanski, Sammy J, Celia Pacquola and Cate Blanchett (yeah, I know right). We are not exaggerating when we say that statistically speaking, one of the performers this year could potentially become the next Cate Blanchett.

So if your tastes include a night of thrillingly funny sketch comedy, get yourself a ticket to the Law Revue 2024 – Who Killed Harold Holt?

The show on Wed 28 Aug will be AUSLAN interpreted.

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Emma Holland: Save The Orangutans

Thursday 12 September, 6:30pm

I grew up in Indonesia and have made it my whole personality.

This is a show about that.

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Masood Boomgaard: Self Help Singh Live!

31 October - 1 November, 6:00pm

Self-help Singh is the alter ego of international comedian Masood Boomgaard. Self-help Singh, described as a comedic alternative life coach and de-motivational speaker, first appeared to Boomgaard in a vision after he fell and hit his head while rushing to the bathroom in an attempt to outrun the gastric consequences of bad lamb vindaloo.

Boomgaard has since been sharing the "common sense wisdom" and de-motivational teachings of Self-help Singh to millions of people on the internet. The Self-help Singh live show is a hilarious yet thought provoking juxtaposition of stand-up comedy, parody and motivational speaking.

During his decade long full time professional comedy career Boomgaard has performed in New York, London, Dubai and during the lockdown, in his father's garage. He lives in South Africa with his cat...for now.

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Ben Kochan: Winning Smile

Thursday 18 July, 6:00pm

Join Ben for an encore performance of his Melbourne Comedy Festival show Winning Smile.

Ben’s been keeping his eyes open lately and his nose well and truly to the grindstone. He’s tried to stop looking at his phone as much. He walks down the street, no phone. Sits in a waiting room, no phone. Gets an uber, zero phone.

The show is not about Ben trying to use his phone less, he’s just telling you this because the decrease in phone usage means the observation uptake has been through the roof! He’s noticed stuff about moths, about how sometimes cows get stuck in tornadoes and definitely other stuff as well.

Ben’s mind is open and yours probably has a little sign on it that says, “back in ten minutes.” No offence.

Ben has opened for Wil Anderson, Tom Gleeson and Dave Hughes.

“Kochan is a silly guy.” Beat  

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Ashley Apap: Restless

17 - 20 July, 7:00pm

THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT THEORY BAR SCREENING ROOM - Ground Floor 19-23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

With a brain that won’t stop and body that slows her down, award-nominated writer/comedian Ashley Apap obliterates her comfort zone in her first hour of stand-up.

Being unsettled is a default for Apap - finding calm in the ridiculousness of existence, she is most at ease when embracing chaos.

In RESTLESS, Ashley reaches for comfort and connection to get out of her head, and into your heart. Through her offbeat performance style, clever misdirection and cheeky crowd work, Apap demonstrates the tension that propels her very being.

RESTLESS is one Silly Duffer’s absurdist attempt at laughing in the face of her endless overwhelm. With the help of cautious optimism, an enduring curiosity for truth and a fondness for friendship, Ashley is not taking standing up, lying down.

“Should absolutely be at the top of anyone’s list of great Australian comedians.” ★★★★ Theatre Matters  

“Great comic potential... a voice not often heard.” The Age  

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Lloyd Langford: Blunt

Thursday 18 July, 7:30pm

Lloyd Langford has turned 40 and has simply run out of fucks to give.

He's now far more comfortable in his own skin and a bit more critical about everyone else's. Come along to Lloyd’s encore performance of Blunt and witness him turn his laser sharp brain, and admittedly slow speech, on all and sundry. And put your chubby little hands together and pray you don't get caught in the crossfire.

Seen on Have You Been Paying Attention?, Thank God You're Here, Spicks & Specks and Would I Lie To You?

“Because he has such a good way with words, conjuring up hilarious images, the punchlines hit all the harder.” Chortle  

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Main Stage

Every Thursday - Saturday, 8:00pm (9pm all of July)

Comedy Republic's signature lineup show!

Main Stage has quickly become our biggest show, selling out on the regular with huge all-star lineups and lively fun-loving crowds. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can be sure to catch a heap of the best comedians Melbourne and the wider world have to offer.

Replay Festival Specials Filming Week 18-20 July: 3 nights of live-taping our own Main Stage lineup featuring the best comedians from this year's Comedy Festival.

- - - MAIN STAGE FORMAT - - -

Main Stage (90min show, 5+ comedians, inc interval)
Thursday 8:00pm - $26
Friday 8:00pm - $29
Saturday 8:00pm - $36

- - - UPCOMING LINEUPS - - -

This weeks performances will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

THURSDAY 18 JULY Maddy Weeks, Aurelia St Clair, Josh Earl, Charlie Lewin, Jack Druce, Con Coutis, Meg Jager, William Wang & Tess Birch

FRIDAY 19 JULY Prue Blake, Rhys Nicholson, Sez, Ben Russell, Nina Oyama, Rowan Thambar, Fergus Neal, Nat Harris, Suren Jayemanne & more

SATURDAY 20 JULY Tim Hewitt, Lizzy Hoo, Takashi Wakasugi, Stu Daulman, Jordan Barr, David Quirk, Rohan Ganju, Sonia Di Iorio & more

Coming up in July: Claire Hooper, Tom Walker, Anisa Nandaula, Nick White, Jordan Barr, Prue Blake, Harry Jun & more

(Lineups are subject to last minute changes)

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Andy Balloch: Killing Time

18 & 19 July, 9:30pm
21 July, 7:00pm

THIS PERFORMANCE IS AT IMPROV CONSPIRACY - Level 1/19 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

Welcome to Games Night in Andy Balloch’s lounge-room – where nothing is what it seems and time is running out!

Join Andy on a night of mad-capped mayhem, featuring: A safety conscious James Bond! Air safety demonstrations gone wrong! And a book about fire that has too much fire in it!

A show about the time we have, the people we’ve lost, and finding your voice before you lose it.

Winner: Weekly Award 2024 Adelaide Fringe
Winner: QLD Tour Ready Award 2023 Melbourne Fringe
Nominee: Golden Gibbo 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

“Phenomenally clever and funny as hell.” ★★★★★ Lilithia Reviews  

“Captivating… and entirely empowering.” ★★★★ Hugging Comedians  

“He simply knows how to give you a good time.” ★★★★ GlamAdelaide  

“A brilliant queer comedic mind.” The Age  

Location Improv Conspiracy

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Luka Muller: Five Top Smells I Smelled Before

Friday 19 July, 6:00pm

I'm trying to go on my phone less, so have decided to make a show about the five smells that shaped my life.

Yes, I have made scratch and sniff cards for every audience member so you can smell along with the show.

Parts of it are also about asexuality, my bladder, and comedian/television personality Michael Hing. Laugh at my jokes, hear my stories and please, smell my smells.

As seen and heard on triple j, the BBC, Channel 9 & Channel 10.

“Personally revealing show... frank and hilarious. Affable and charming.” ★★★★ The Age  

“A comedic mastermind... lovable and relatable. A true original.” ★★★★★ Funny Tonne

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Kirsty Webeck: I'll Be The Judge Of That

Friday 19 July, 7:30pm

After a record breaking season (for her) at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, award winning* comedian Kirsty Webeck is back with her show "I'll Be The Judge Of That."

It’s got a lot of jokes in it because the genre demands them.

She’s recently learned more about her relationship with farmers, she’s had a harrowing experience with classical music and a special thing happened to her at the airport. Come down for some giggles.

* she won the St. Jude's Primary School Courtesy and Friendliness Award in 1989.

“Kirsty Webeck is a born comedian, with comedy in her bones. She's killing it but she's choosing to Kill with Kindness.” Squirrel Comedy  

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Claire Hooper: So Proud

Saturday 20 July, 6:00pm

Winner: Piece Of Wood, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024

Kids get praise for doing anything remotely well. But if I told you I tied my own shoelaces this morning, you’d just give me a worried look.

Claire Hooper is done with being an adult - pretending to have fun at ten pin bowling, pretending to enjoy her children’s concert performances, pretending she’s not desperate for her father’s love.

And she’s written a whole show just to get her dad to tell her that he’s SO PROUD.

Seen on Have You Been Paying Attention? and host of podcast I’m The Worst with Claire Hooper.

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Oliver Coleman: Goof

Saturday 20 July, 7:30pm

Nominee – Most Outstanding Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2024

Coleman comes onstage and gets straight into it. He’s on fire tonight. Something has obviously gone terribly wrong. People from the audience shout at him to stop, drop and roll. But he’s acting like this happens every night. The man’s a professional and he’s got jokes to tell.

It’s beautiful in a way, but then the room begins to stink up with smoke and the fire alarm goes off. Everyone is asked to evacuate. Coleman carries on doing the show to an empty room.

The exquisitely crafted stand-up show from one of the most creative comedians in the country is back at Replay Festival.

You might have heard Oliver on 3RRR.

“With sweeping scope, Coleman’s hilarious observations, eccentric sketches and appealing performance combine in a rich comic feast.” ★★★★ Chortle, 2024  

This performance will be filmed as a special to be released on the Comedy Republic YouTube channel later this year.

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Daisy Webb: Joy

Tuesday 23 July, 6:00pm

A show about self-discovery, self-love, and a little bit of self-importance.

In the depths of 2020’s repeated lockdowns, Daisy Webb came to the realisation that she is a trans woman, and has since been on a non-stop ride of hormones, career changes, second puberty, a surprising amount of admin, and writing some very funny jokes about it all.

Being trans is great, actually, and Daisy is finally ready to share just how silly, awkward, and joyful it is in her debut solo hour.

“Brave, enlightening and may make you want to hug her” Australian Stage  

“Daisy Webb’s factory setting is ‘silly’” Chortle  

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Noah Szto: Success In Everything

Tuesday 23 July, 7:30pm
NEW SHOW ADDED Wednesday 24 July, 6:00pm

Winner: Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024

“Success In Everything” is the debut hour from one of Melbourne’s most promising young comedians, Noah Szto. Originally performed across 16 nights in a literal karaoke room, he’s so thrilled to be bringing it back for one night only(!) in a venue that is actually equipped to be hosting this kind of thing

A recovering overachiever, Noah originally conceived this show as a way to overcome his perfectionism and teach himself how to do things just for fun. Unfortunately, it’s since won a couple of awards, and as a result he finds himself largely unchanged and just as stiflingly Type-A as ever. Come join him for this hour of stand-up and stories as he tries to out-achieve his low self-esteem!

Winner: Comedy New Work, Melbourne Fringe 2023

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Granny Bingo: Brave New World

Wednesday 24 July, 7:30pm

Melbourne’s nastiest nans Edith Vale, Maureen McGillicuddy & Caroline Springs have been doing their own research.

These girls have been around for a long time but recently they’ve started to feel out of touch. Is the world going mad or are they? The grannies are setting out to learn about everything the modern world has to offer – from equality for all to anti-vaxers, climate change to flat-earthers. They’re trying their best to get it right, and they do... most of the time.

The grannies have been performing as a group for nine years, famously holding a monthly cult comedy bingo night Granny Bingo. They won the 2017 Golden Gibbo award for their debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, A Visit With Nan In A Caravan at Trades Hall and have had successful seasons at Arts Centre Melbourne, The Malthouse, Adelaide Fringe and Mardi Gras to name a few. The ladies are looking forward to returning to Trades Hall for the 2024 season.

Edith, Maureen & Caroline are the brainchildren of comedians Thomas Jaspers ("A National Treasure", Herald Sun), Kyle Minall ("A flawless performer", Australian Arts Review) and Scott Brennan ("A crackerjack to watch", Theatre Press).

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Nicolette Minster: Boredroom

Thursday 25 July, 6:00pm

It’s London 2012 and isolated in a basement kitchen in an otherwise abandoned office building, Nicolette works as a temp.

The job? To put assorted creams on plates then wait by the phone for an invitation to deliver them to the boardroom. In her time at this job, she’ll never see another living person. Cool cool, doesn’t sound sinister AT ALL.

As seen on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Kinne Tonight and Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

“Boredroom showcases Minster’s prowess as a performer: she wrings every comic nuance out of her script with timing and precision.” The Saturday Paper  

★★★★ Hugging Comedians  

★★★★ Offstage.au  

Directed by Claire Hooper
Dramaturgy by Jane Bodie
Sound Design by Talia Raso

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Nick White: Teenage Dream

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July, 6:00pm

Creative expression is something Nick White has always yearned for, even if it wasn’t always easy.

Join Nick for an encore performance of his sold out Melbourne Comedy Festival show ‘Teenage Dream, as he looks back on the things that have shaped him from his youth to now; the good, the bad and the seriously random XD

This is Nick’s second solo show after his debut, Grow Up, had a sold out run along Australia’s east coast and the UK. Nick has also amassed a following on TikTok through his sketch and character comedy, with over thirty-five million likes. His work has been featured on sites HuffPost, The Independent, Junkee & Triple J.

“Nick is hilarious and lightning quick” Theatre Travels  

“Soul-hugging… revelatory” Time Out, 2024  

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Bron Lewis: Obviously

Friday 26 July, 7:30pm

Ever found yourself in a situation you have no idea how to handle, but it would be too embarrassing to admit it so you pretend you obviously know what you’re doing? Hello tax time, foreign toilets and parenthood!

Award winning comedian and ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’ regular, Bron Lewis is one of Australia's most promising new talents, and her 2024 show 'Obviously' set to be a huge success. Lewis is a natural storyteller, and ‘Obviously’ is packed to the brim with Bron’s hilarious anecdotes of times when she has found herself stumbling through moments of complete confusion with her fingers crossed and a smile on her face.

From joining a mother’s group and sitting next to the patchouli mum to being held hostage in Africa by a man with a plastic police badge, Bron is no stranger to pretending everything is under control. Because obviously it is. Join Lewis for an hour of laughs, because this is a show you don’t want to miss. Obviously.

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Damian Callinan: Unlikely Friends

Saturday 27 July & 3 August, 4:30pm

Did Frida Kahlo & Marco Polo really meet at Coachella? Who dominated the music round in Andre the Giant & Neil Armstrong's pub trivia team? Who played Wing Defence in William Shakespeare & Marie Curie’s mixed netball team? Damian Callinan hosts an improvised chat show with a rotating duo of comedians and improvisors taking on historical roles as they reinvent the past, revealing how they became Unlikely Friends

The three-time nominee for Most Outstanding Show at MICF, returns to his improv roots in this new format that will be later released as a podcast. The 2024 MICF season featured, amongst others, Ned Kelly (Wil Anderson) & Estee Lauder (Gillian Cosgriff) reminiscing about the Kelly Gang hiding out at her luxury beachside estate in the Hamptons. Noah (Tom Gleeson) & Steve Irwin (Dane Simpson) riffed on their first meeting at Jesus’s Buck Weekend in Byron Bay. Who will launch themselves into the historical mosh pit this time? As Napoleon Bonaparte once said on the Graeme Norton Show, ‘History is a set of lies agreed upon’

Saturday 27 July feat Hannah Camilleri & Josh Ladgrove

Saturday 3 August feat Charlie Pickering & Genevieve Morris

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Tom Walker: My Treasures My Beautiful Treasures

Saturday 27 July, 7:30pm

Tom Walker is back with his 2024 Melbourne Comedy Festival show and ready to show you his beautiful treasures!

His many beautiful treasures! All his shining things! This is a show about obsession, the internet and pathetic men. A collection of beautiful moments from across time and space, all condensed down into an hour of comedy by one of Australia's tallest strongest comedians (not pound-for-pound, assertion made without data, if incorrect treat as joke).

Tom Walker was selected for the New Faces International line-up at the 2023 Just For Laughs Montreal. He has also appeared on Drunk History Australia and his comedy special Very Very features on Amazon Prime.

“A gloriously, relentlessly, irrepressibly unhinged blast of off-the-wall insanity.” ★★★★1/2 Chortle  

“Not for the faint of heart. Real weird. Real good.” ★★★★ Herald Sun  

“As delightfully odd and expressive as ever.” ★★★★ The Age  

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Comedy Republic's Bar Show

Every Tuesday from July 30, 7:30pm

New comedians doing their best, and the best comedians doing their new.

Get the crew together for cheap tickets, cheap drinks, cheap laughs. What’s not to love!

Tuesday 30 July Daniel Connell, Charlie Lewin, Scout Boxall, Fin McLachlan, Jacob Henegan & more

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Neurotica

31 July & 7 August, 6:30pm

Join us where comedy meets art, and art meets group hysteria for Neurotica: a lineup show of hilarious and deeply personal comedy from across the worlds of stand-up, literature, visual art and beyond.

Expect funny, uncomfortable, raw & intimate comedy in the form of storytelling, sketch and general weirdness, straight from the Bad Brains of some of our funniest creators.

Line Ups Announced Soon

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Who Knew It with Matt Stewart: 100th Episode Live!

Saturday 3 August, 3:00pm

‘Who Knew It with Matt Stewart’ is the comedy quiz podcast where the guests write the wrong answers! To celebrate the 100th episode, we’re doing a massive live show!

Previous episodes have featured top comedians and podcasters including Wil Anderson, Claire Hooper, Dave O’Neil, He Huang, Ivan Aristeguieta, Kirsty Webeck, Jess Perkins, Dave Warneke and Luke Heggie!

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Granny Bingo

First Monday Of Every Month, 7:30pm

Monthly drag bingo with your favourite nans.

Edith Vale, Maureen McGillicuddy and Caroline Springs have been hosting their sold out Granny Bingo night for 5 years. The pandemic almost took them out, but never fear; Caroline doesn't think it's real, so we're back live in the Comedy Republic bar!

And yes, you will actually play bingo! Nanna kisses xx

More events: Granny Bingo is on the first Monday of every month.

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Rob Carlton: Willing Participant

8 - 17 August, 6:30pm

Logie winning actor Rob Carlton is bringing his 5-star Adelaide Fringe hit, Willing Participant, to Melbourne for a limited 2-week season.

In this 1-hour show Rob tells four true stories: sexual taboos, big lies, deep heartaches, and blind hope. With stories from his 20’s to his 50’s, this world class storyteller reminds us what it is too feel alive!

Directed by theatre and comedy legend Darren Gilshenan, you’ll laugh and cry and laugh again and leave in love with the world.

“Storytelling at it's most delightfulness told by a consumate performer” ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide  

“Each story was pure joy... magnetic in his delivery” ★★★★★ Stage Whispers  

“I’ve never seen anything like it, this thing of simple storytelling beauty and humour nudging so regularly on the profound.” Trent Dalton - Boy Swallows Universe  

“Just superb” Michala Banas  

“Completely riveting!” Samuel Johnson  

“His stories shoot you through an emotional pinball machine” Josh Lawson  

48hr Flash Sale from 12pm Tue 18 June - 12pm Thu 20 June. Limited allocation available.

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Plumbing The Death Star

Thursday 22 August, 6:30pm

It’s the podcast you used to listen to now live and in the flesh!

Three of the worst brains Australia has to offer answer pop culture’s most important questions in the wrongest way possible.

This is not a Star Wars podcast.

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Confessions LIVE with Celia Pacquola, James Clement & Georgia Love

Friday 23 August, 6:00pm

Each week Sammy finds the weirdest online confessions on reddit dot com for great guests to give advice.

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Melbourne University Law Revue: Who Killed Harold Holt?

27-31 August, 6:30pm

For five nights only, come and see the 71st annual University of Melbourne Law Revue!

Back again at Comedy Republic, we promise you an evening of sketch comedy of only the highest and finest quality, written and performed by the best new talent in Melbourne.

The Revue has a host of top alumni: Ronny Chieng, Magda Szubanski, Sammy J, Celia Pacquola and Cate Blanchett (yeah, I know right). We are not exaggerating when we say that statistically speaking, one of the performers this year could potentially become the next Cate Blanchett.

So if your tastes include a night of thrillingly funny sketch comedy, get yourself a ticket to the Law Revue 2024 – Who Killed Harold Holt?

The show on Wed 28 Aug will be AUSLAN interpreted.

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Emma Holland: Save The Orangutans

Thursday 12 September, 6:30pm

I grew up in Indonesia and have made it my whole personality.

This is a show about that.

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Masood Boomgaard: Self Help Singh Live!

31 October - 1 November, 6:00pm

Self-help Singh is the alter ego of international comedian Masood Boomgaard. Self-help Singh, described as a comedic alternative life coach and de-motivational speaker, first appeared to Boomgaard in a vision after he fell and hit his head while rushing to the bathroom in an attempt to outrun the gastric consequences of bad lamb vindaloo.

Boomgaard has since been sharing the "common sense wisdom" and de-motivational teachings of Self-help Singh to millions of people on the internet. The Self-help Singh live show is a hilarious yet thought provoking juxtaposition of stand-up comedy, parody and motivational speaking.

During his decade long full time professional comedy career Boomgaard has performed in New York, London, Dubai and during the lockdown, in his father's garage. He lives in South Africa with his cat...for now.

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