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Arts Features

Nine underrated Comedy Festival acts you can’t miss

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on until Sunday April 21. Head to the festival website to grab your ticks. 

The timeless themes of 17th century play, 'The Miser'

The Miser comes to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio from Thursday April 25 to Sunday May 12. Head to the Arts Centre Melbourne website for tickets. 

Phill Jupitus spills the beans on his Melbourne return

Phill Jupitus brings Sassy Knack to Max Watt's from Wednesday April 17 until Friday April 19 as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

Rhys Nicholson on keeping the Aussie comedy scene progressive

Venue: The Victoria Hotel – Banquet Room Dates: Now until Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays) Cost: $25 – $33 Tickets

Arj Barker's new show 'We Need To Talk' is his most honest and intimate yet

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 (bar Monday) Prices: $38-$54.90   Tickets

James Acaster has prepared one of Melbourne International Comedy Festival's most anticipated shows

Venues: ACMI – Beyond and Melbourne Town Hall – Main Hall Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 (bar Monday) Price: $30 – $39   Tickets

Maria Bamford's 'Irrelevant Redundancy' is refreshingly positive

Venue: The Forum - Downstairs Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Saturday April 13 Prices: $35 – $40   Tickets

Jimeoin's latest show is a laugh for the whole family

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre Dates: Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 21 (bar Monday) Price: $35.00 – $49.40   Tickets

Danny Bhoy will get you hot under the collar — by talking climate change

Venues: Athenaeum Theatre & Hamer Hall Dates: Tuesday March 26 – Sunday April 7 (bar Monday) and Tuesday April 16 & Wednesday 17 Tickets: $49.90 – $54.90 Tickets

Urzila Carlson doesn't think you're a loser (unless you don't wave in traffic)

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – Main Hall Dates: Thursday March 28 – Saturday April 20 (bar Mondays, Wednesday 17 and Sundays 14 & 21)Price: $32 – $50Tickets

Stephen K Amos is reflecting on his comedy career

Venue: Athenaeum TheatreDates: Thursday March 28 – Sunday April 7 (bar Monday)Price: $37 – $54.90Tickets

Nazeem Hussain is a global success, but MICF is still his comedy Olympics

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – Lower Town Hall Dates: Thursday March 28 – Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays)Price: $30 – $40Tickets

Aaron Gocs is the comedic cult hero Australia needs

Venue: The Victoria Hotel – BoardroomDates: Thursday March 28 – Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays)Price: $20 – $30Tickets

You'll never see the same show from Ross Noble twice

Ross Noble comes to the Palais Theatre for two dates on Friday March 29 and Saturday March 30. Grab your tickets via the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website.

They may be 50, but Lano & Woodley aren't ready to grow up just yet

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, PlayhouseDates: Tuesday April 16 – Sunday April 21Price: $49.90-$59.90Tickets here. 

Felicity Ward is ready to teach you absolutely nothing

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – Powder Room Dates: Thursday March 28 – Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays) Tickets: $25-$38

Paul Foot is part horse, part Princess Anne, and talking about orgies

Venue: The Famous Spiegeltent at Arts Centre MelbourneDates: Thursday March 28 – Sunday April 21 (bar Mondays)Price: $31 – $38.50Tickets here.

'The Apocalypse Variety Hour' is Helchild's answer to the global political shitstorm

The Apocalypse Variety Hour is on at Hares and Hyenas in Fitzroy each night from Wednesday March 27 to Saturday March 30 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Head to the MICF website for ticket information.

Wall to Wall Festival: the finest street art lands in regional Victoria

Wall to Wall Festival runs from Friday April 5 to Sunday April 7 in the rural township of Benalla, a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne. Head to the festival website for more information.

'Married At First Fight' is a hilarious take on reality TV's most laughable program

Married At First Fight runs until Saturday March 23 and then from Tuesday March 26 until Saturday March 30. Grab your tickets via the Matt Byrne Media website.

Underworld Wrestling turns a normal wrestling match into an underground fight night

Underworld Wrestling’s Glory to the Claw is going down at 3 Dickens St, Elwood on Sunday March 10. For tickets, head to the event website.

Showtime Night Market isn't like your average art gallery

Showtime Night Market comes to Testing Grounds at the Melbourne Arts Precinct for two instalments on Friday February 1 and Friday March 1. Head to the Testing Grounds website for more information.

Sarah Millican is "champion" and regrets nothing

Sarah Millican's show Control Enthusiast hits Melbourne on Monday February 4 and Tuesday February 5 at Arts Centre Melbourne. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

What 'Cake Daddy' can teach us about fatphobia

Cake Daddy plays at Theatre Works Melbourne between Monday February 4 and Sunday February 10.

Beat’s guide to the five most outlandish Midsumma Festival events

Midsumma Festival is happening at various venues across Melbourne from Saturday January 19 until Sunday February 10. Head to the Midsumma website  for the full program. 

Werq The World Tour brings a touch of 'RuPauls Drag Race' to Australia

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour comes to the Palais Theatre on Friday February 8. More information and tickets via the venue website.

Martha Ackroyd Curtis' new photographic series explores the joy of queer love

Her… The Photographic Series is open at Grey Cells Green from Wednesday January 23 until Friday February 1 bar Monday and Tuesday as part of Midsumma Festival. Head to the festival website for more information.