Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far.

Featuring fantastic funny makers Brennan Reece (UK), Dane Simpson, Gillian Cosgriff, Sam Tauton and more from Australia and beyond, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will deliver an evening of laughs at HOTA Arts Theatre on Sunday 13 May.

It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show! For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between.


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There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so we’re bound to be heading your way. You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia – pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow!

‘It is a wonder how the roaring auditorium found any time to remember to breathe.’ 9 Inch Tales (Malaysia)

Comedy roadshow acts include

DANE SIMPSON

One of Australia’s most charming comedians. He is proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences.

In 2017, he featured in the hit comedy show “Aborigi-LOL” which had a sell out season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he also appeared on televisions ABC Comedy Up Late.

In 2018, Dane Simpson continues to grow and will be performing his sell out show at the Australian Commonwealth Games.

Definitely one to watch out for’ – Wil Anderson

GILLIAN COSGRIFF

Gillian graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre. Theatre credits include: Vivid White (Melbourne
Theatre Company), Company (Watch This), Loving Repeating (Vic Theatre Company), Soi Cowboy (Brisbane Powerhouse) and The Pirates of Penzance (The Production Company). Television credits: Offspring, House Husbands, Fat Tony & Co., Ricketts Lane and Get Krack!n. She was a backing vocalist for Kate Miller- Heidke’s 2012 album Nightflight and is currently writing a new work for the Victorian Opera with Casey Bennetto (Keating! The Musical) and composer Julian Langdon.

She has toured extensively with her solo shows as a comedy and cabaret performer, most notably at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Leicester Square Theatre in London. Gillian has released three CDs of original songs from her cabaret shows Waitressing…and Other Things I Do Well, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things and Whelmed.

Awards: Best Cabaret (Melbourne Fringe), The West Australian Arts Editor Award (Fringeworld Perth), Original Songs (Green Room Award).

SAM TAUNTON

One of the most exciting new voices in Australian comedy.

Bursting onto the scene in the 2015 Triple J RAW Comedy National Final, he received the judges’ ‘Special Mention’ award and has since gone on to play venues all over the world. Juggling stand up and various media projects including being MTV Australia’s newest VJ, his captive storytelling and quickfire punchlines have seen him emerge as one of the most in-demand acts in the country.

Still a fresh face in the comedy world, he was handpicked for the prestigious ‘Comedy Zone’, toured with MICF Roadshow, and was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

As seen and heard on ABC’s Comedy Up Late, MTV, SBS, Channel [V], ABC Radio, NOVA and Triple J.

‘He’s a natural’ – Chortle UK

BRENNAN REECE

Former English Comedian Of The Year and Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee has established himself as one of the hottest new stars on the UK comedy scene.

Racking up 5 star reviews from his sold out tour, Brennan’s energetic charm is ‘powerfully entertaining’, definitely making him one to watch.

‘Hilarious rubber faced bright young talent’ – The Stage