Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town.
Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities around the nation.
For 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been touring far and wide, bringing giggles, guffaws and good times to Australia and further afield.
You can experience Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival in your own backyard. We’ve got over 80 destinations on the laugh-laden schedule, and a line-up of artists to tickle anyone’s funny bone.
The Roadshow really has something for everyone! Grab a mate, grab a date… grab a ticket to the Roadshow!
"A night out that does not disappoint, it’s truly a ‘something for everyone’ kind of event." - peril.com.au
"Some of the country's best comics… had audiences in tears" - The Queensland Times
"A great night’s entertainment with something for everyone" - Manning River Times
Please note > Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.
Please call the Box Office on 4961 9777 to advise if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special needs requirements before completing your booking.
Eleanor Tiernan (Ireland)
Eleanor Tiernan is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress known for her uniquely oblique world view. She was recently a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? as well as BBC NI on The Blame Game. Her stand up has featured on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience and led her to be chosen as support act for top stand-up comics including Stewart Lee, Tig Notaro, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and Reg F Hunter among others.
After starting her career in Ireland Eleanor quickly was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs festival where she performed on the festival’s New Faces showcase show with such talents as Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel and Kumail Nanjani. She later became part of the political satire team that produced RTE’s successful Irish Pictorial Weekly. One of her court reporter sketches which went viral is often mistaken for a real news report. She plays Dolores in Bridget and Eamon which airs on RTE and UK Gold.
Eleanor has penned 8 Edinburgh Fringe festival shows. Her 2017 show “People Pleaser” put her on the Sunday Times list of Top Ten Female Stand Ups To Watch. In 2018 she performed in New Order, the Melbourne International Comedy festival showcase for UK and Irish acts. She returns to Melbourne in 2019 with her latest show “Success Without A Sextape”.
Eleanor writes Op-Ed pieces for the Irish Times in Ireland. She also played Mary in a critically acclaimed run of “Alone It Stands” in theatres across Ireland.
Her other credits include Monumental (BBC NI), The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), Headwreckers (Channel 4), Stand and Deliver (RTE), The Panel on RTE, The Savage Eye (RTE), Republic of Telly (RTE) and Bad Language (BBC Radio Scotland).
‘The fastest-rising comedy talent in the country’ – Irish Times
Rahul Saubramanian (India)
Indian comedy superstar Rahul Subramanian returns to Australia! Oscillating between anecdotal and observational comedy with absurdity a common thread,
Rahul is a master of jokes that offer no opinion whatsoever. This ensures he’s at a safe distance from any kind of trouble and can happily go back to living his life after comedy. Or so he thought…
Since turning his back on an MBA to take up comedy as a New Year’s resolution, Mumbai-bred Tamilian Rahul has won favour with critics and audiences alike. He’s
goofy yet understated, with clever writing underpinning his silly takes on everyday observations.
‘One of the most recognizable faces in Indian stand-up comedy’ First Post
John Hastings (Canada)
Over the last ten years John Hastings has appeared at every major comedy festival in the world including Edinburgh (2012-2017), Melbourne (2015-2018) and Just for Laughs Montreal.
He has won the Montreal Comedy Festival Home Grown Comedy Competition, has been called “one to watch” by the Comedy Network and was the only Canadian Finalist of the 2011 San Francisco Comedy Competition and the youngest comedian to appear at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2011.
‘He was fast, polished…original. We will hear more of him.’ Broadway Baby
Josh Earl is an award winning comedian, an ex-school librarian and host of TV and radio (Spicks and Specks and 3RRRFM’s Breakfasters). With a comedy CV that most comedians would dream of Josh has shared stage and screen with the likes of Tim Minchin, Ade Edmondson and Hamish Blake.
His most popular offerings have been Josh Earl is a Librarian, and Josh Earl vs. The Australian Women’s Weekly Cake Book, both have toured every State in Australia and earned him the award of the Best Comedy at The Perth Fringe.
Not only was Josh host of Spicks and Specks he also wrote for it and has appeared all over the place on Triple J, Triple R, ABC Local Radio 774, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (Channel Ten), Mad As Hell (ABC TV), Adam Hills Tonight (ABC TV) and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Allstars Gala.
‘FIVE STARS – Do Not Miss. Hilarious’ – The Clothesline
Nikki Britton started out as an actor and exploded onto the comedy scene in 2011 with her warm, lightning paced style that has seen her appear on ABC’s Comedy Up Late and on The Comedy Channel as part of the Just For Laughs Festival.
She has performed for the last 5 years with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and recently returned from India where she was a part of the Bengaluru Comedy Festival for the first time. She has performed internationally at LA’s Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Her most recent solo hour, Romanticide, was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2017 Perth FringeWorld Festival and as a playwright, she was nominated for a GLUG for her work on Hidden Sydney. Her podcast The Other Half will be released in 2018 in partnership with the ABC.
- $18 Share platter for 2
- $10 Platter for 1
Why not make your experience complete and enjoy an Antipasto Platter, available at pre-show and interval. Platter with smoked cheddar, gouda cheese, green stuffed olives, char-grilled capsicum, salami and water crackers. (GF and vegetarian options available).
Pre-purchase > Platters only available to pre-order until 12pm on the day of the event, unless the event is on a weekend and the date would be the Friday before the event at 12pm.
Please note > You are not able to take food into the auditorium. We do encourage you to come along to the venue 1 hour prior to show time, so that you have plenty of time to enjoy it. Alternatively, if arriving late, just let our bar staff know that you’d like to pick up the platter from our Interval drinks table at interval.
Collection > Platters will be available for collection at the bar.
Buy at the event > Platters will be available to purchase at the event from the bar pre-show and at interval (where applicable).
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