Be part of the rollicking hilarity that is the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. We’ve packaged up some of the best of the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and delivered them straight to the Karralyka stage, for a rip-roaring night of laughs.
Featuring the best of local and international comedy stars, the roadshow is sure to be an untamed comedy sensation.
WARNING: Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.
Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.
Please note hazers are often used to enhance the lighting and this warning may need to be displayed at the venue.
Cal Wilson came across the Tasman in 2003 and has gone on to become one of our most popular comedians, a perennial favourite on television shows such as ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘Good News Week’ and ‘Thank God You’re Here’
Her comedy career started back in New Zealand in 1990 where she was a founding member of the Court Jesters improv group, and was part of the NZ team that won the World Theatresports title in Los Angeles in 1994.
Her live performances demonstrate her enormous talent as a stand-up comedian. Her festival shows play to sold out houses, and garner rave reviews: In 2001 Cal won the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and
has performed in line up shows and solo shows to every corner of the country since. Since then, Cal has appeared three times at the prestigious, invitation only, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and has performed twice in her own shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Dane Simpson’s cheeky online sketches such as ‘Chips and Devon’ are making this bright new talent a bit of a Facebook favourite, gaining more than a 100-thousand likes.
Dane Simpson was a Deadly Funny national finalist in 2015. Since then it has been a fast rising trajectory for this Wagga based comedian with a whirlwind of tours and corporate gigs.
Dane also runs the Riverina Comedy Club on the first Friday of every month, so if you are in the area and looking for a laugh then do drop by. Or keep an eye out for Dane at any karaoke night... Or for Dane’s dad (his dad is also a hoot). ‘Dane Simpson is proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences’ – Daily Advertiser
Rachel Berger is one of Australia’s most highly regarded, adept, and adaptive comedic talents, working variously as a comedian, broadcaster, novelist, columnist, agitator and television entertainer. Political, passionate and armed only with her material, after 30 years of prowling the stage, there are no cows too sacred for this Berger. She’s taken several solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and her dynamic presence and engagingly sharp observations have made her an extremely popular performer both live and on television, across Australia and overseas. Rachel’s high public profile has done much to establish the position of women in comedy, providing a distinctive voice for women’s opinions and viewpoints.
‘Berger, queen of stand-up satire and dominatrix extraordinaire of audiences.’ The
‘Experience this hour of machine gun delivery and ricocheting thoughts, and you realise she
must be as pumped as an AFL footballer.’ Stage Left
Sam Taunton is 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 presenting for MTV Australia, his captive storytelling and quickfire punchlines have seen him emerge as one of the most charming hosts and in-demand acts in the country.
2016 saw him handpicked for the prestigious showcase ‘The Comedy Zone’, tour across Australia and Asia as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and start paying back the $728 he owes his mum in E-Toll fees.
As seen and heard on ABC’s Comedy Up Late, SBS, MTV, Channel [V], ABC Radio, Triple J.
Since emigrating from Perth to Melbourne, Xavier has been an active stand-up comedian, writer and performer. He has performed in eight Melbourne International comedy festivals, three Melbourne Fringes, two Adelaide Fringes, two Perth Fringe Worlds, two Perth International Comedy Festivals and one Sydney Comedy Festival.
An award nominated festival veteran he has performed successfully in the Melbourne Comedy Festival In 2016 garnering critical acclaim in Nö Shöw with Ben Russell.
Xavier has also appeared on ROVE live, ABC's Comedy Up Late, SBS’s Stand Up @ Bella Union, and the award winning ‘Studio A’. He has also written for and acted in the kids show ‘You’re Skitting Me’.
Nominated for both Best Comedy at the Perth International Comedy Festival 2011, Perth Fringe World 2011 and a Golden Gibbo at the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.