Festive Comedy Nights!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means comedy Christmas nights are popping up all around the town. They are all happening on different nights in December, so if you are seriously keen, or slightly nutty, you could attend all of the following:

The Shelf Christmas Show 

In the final episode in this season of The Shelf, Adam Richard and Justin Hamilton are joined by Ronny Chieng, Cal Wilson, Lehmo, Tegan Higginbotham, Peter Helliar, Hannah Gadsby, Rob Hunter, Luke McGregor, Kate McLennan and Wes Snelling.
It’s on at The Toff In Town (Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne) on Monday December 2, starting at 7:30pm. Get in quick to book through the Toff in Town website.


Impro Melbourne : A Christmas Carol

Impro Melbourne will stage their final show of the year on Sunday 8 December. It’s a FREE show with fruit mince pies and eggnog. Hosts Tilly and Flora will take you on a journey into a world of ye olde Christmas tales and choir songs, all with a generous nod to the master, Charles Dickens.
A Christmas Carol is happening at The Space (5 Carlton Street, Prahran) starting at 7:30pm. Book now through the Impro Melbourne website.


The Wheeler Centre : The Show of the Year 

They’re not calling it a Christmas Show, as they are very secular but it has Casey Bennetto in it, so it might as well be. Other comedians include Alan Brough, Sammy J, Hannah Gadsby, Catherine Deveney, Trevor Ashley and of course, the presence no doubt, of the ever witty, delightful director Michael Williams. This event happens on Thursday December 12 at the Athenaeum Theatre (188 Collins Street in the CBD). It starts at 7:30pm and bookings can be made through the Wheeler Centre website.


Yarraville Laughs: Christmas Cracker 

All The Yarraville Club wants for Christmas is a night of santa-belly laughs and they must have been good boys and girls because Frank Woodley, Hung Le and Rusty Berther are greeting the season from their stage with DJ Max Crawdaddy & MC Matt Hardy.
It happens on Saturday December 14 at the Yarraville Club (135 Stephens St, Yarraville) starting at 8:30pm (7pm if you book a Dinner and show). Book now through the Yarraville Laughs websitea>.


Local Laughs Christmas Show

Janet A McLeod finishes up the year with a huge line-up including Harley Breen, James Dowdeswell (UK), Ryan Coffey, Tegan Higgenbotham, Lauchie Clark and Steve Hall (UK). It’s on Monday December 16 at the Local Taphouse (184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East) starting at 8:30pm.


The Butterfly Club : Chevrons Christmas Showcases

The new Butterfly Club stand up show, Chevrons, will be hosting a spectacular lineup of Melbourne’s budding comedians on Friday December 20. The night is split into two shows – starting downstairs at 8.30pm and then moving upstairs at 10.30pm (Please Note:
A ticket for the 8.30pm show downstairs will get you into the 10.30pm show upstairs, but a ticket for 10.30pm upstairs show will  not let you see the earlier show downstairs).
The monster lineup includes: John Conway, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall, Beau Stegman, Natalie Harris, Jonathon Schuster, David Cronin, Sophie Miller, Liam Ryan, Luka Muller, Frederich Jones, Damian Lawler, Murphy McLachlan, Mark Trenwith, Laura Davis, Stuart Daulman, Rose Callaghan, Greg Larsen, Adam Knox, Lisa-Skye, Kevin Lim, Firdi Billimordia, James Masters, Taco and Jason Chatfield.
Tickets can be booked through The Butterfly Club website. The Butterfly Club is located at Carson Place off Little Collins Street in the CBD.


The Bella Union Christmas Shows 

The Spendid Chaps Christmas Special happens on Sunday December 15. Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliot as they look at all the Time Lord goodness that didn’t make it into the rest of the year, including not-quite-Doctors Peter Cushing and Richard E Grant, and spin-off K9 & Company. There’ll be special guests, songs from house band The Time Lads and a cardboard Dalek too. This show will also be raising funds for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and Medecins San Frontieres (MSF).
Book now through the Bella Union Website

The regular Film Trivia night Alan Smithee’s Screen Test hosts it’s Christmas edition on Tuesday December 17. Special guests Claire Hooper and Tom Ward join the regulars Harley Hefford, Sarah Jane Haywood, and Max Attwood. Bookings can be made through the Bella Union Website.

Then there is the very Special A Swinging’ Bella Christmas on Saturday December 21. Casey Bennetto and the Bella All-Star Band (Ben Hendry, Vincenzo Ruberto, Enio Pozzebon, Ross McFerran, Matt Bird and Mal Webb)! Casey and the band will be joined by guests Eddie Perfect, Virginia Gay, Steven Gates, Simon Hall and Scott Edgar, all ready to share the spirit of the season and celebrate the end of the year.
Book now through the Bella Union Website

A Very Plum Christmas sees Nick Maxwell & Declan Fay recording the yuletide episode of their podcast The Sweetest Plum on Sunday December 22 at 4:30pm.
Book through the Bella Union Website


Spleen Christmas Show 

Spleen is having a Christmas show, as they do every year. There will be a mystery lineup full of the absolute best of who’s been on during the year, including a special appearance from Australia’s most infamous comedian, Gary Chook. All comics that have performed during the year are invited down.
At the end of the night, the Spleen Comic of the Year trophy will be awarded – going out to the comic who’s not only performed greatly at Spleen, but who carries the spirit of Spleen too.
It’s on Monday December 23, starting at 8:30pm. Spleen is located at 41 Bourke St in the CBD.