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Doors: 6.30pm
Act 1: 7.30pm
Interval: 8:45pm 
Act 2: 9pm
Finish: 10.15pm

All times approximate and subject to change by the presenter.


Australia’s premier night of giggles and giving returns to the Palais Theatre in 2018, jam-packed with the finest and funniest performers from the Festival.
As the annual entrée before the Festival feast, The Gala is a colossal night on the comedy calendar featuring a star-studded line up of local and international artists. The generosity of both performers and punters is what brings this special event to life, sojoin in on the laughs! 

Buy a ticket to the Gala and support Oxfam - changing the world by empowering communities to tackle poverty.


Every year The Gala for Oxfam is our most popular event with tickets selling out quickly. Ticketmaster are the only authorised ticket seller for this event and we are working together closely to ensure that tickets end up in the hands of fans and out of the unauthorised resale market.

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to reduce unauthorised resale of tickets, ticket purchasers will be required to present photo ID on arrival at The Gala. Groups will need to enter the theatre together with the ticket purchaser. We reserve the right to deny entry if your ID doesn’t match the name on the tickets, or if your ticket has been purchased from an unauthorised ticket seller.

We are committed to everyone having access to affordable Melbourne International Comedy Festival tickets. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and enjoy The Gala!

Getting here

Palais Theatre
Cnr Lower Esplanade and Cavell Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Next to Luna Park

For more information on travelling by car, tram, train, bus or bike please visit Getting Here

Food & Drink

Find out how to make your evening a night to remember with food and drinks at the Theatre or a special offer from one of St Kilda's restaurants and hotels. See Food & Drink


There are many parking options just a short stroll from the Palais Theatre including. To find out more visit Parking


Call Ticketmaster directly on 136 100 (Option 1 then Option 2) to book accessible seating.

For more information visit the Accessibility section of the site.