MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW
AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE COMEDY CONVOY CAN'T WAIT TO TOUR AUSTRALIA ONCE AGAIN!
Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow in 2021 as it rolls across the country to home deliver the Comedy Festival vibe to every crack and crevice of Australia. From Bega to Broome, Townsville to Traralgon, criss-crossing the country. More than any year before, comedians are champing at the bit to break out from the barriers, shake off the seclusion and roll out the laughs.
With an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers, buckle in for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song to satisfy all your comedy cravings!
Who will be on stage this year?
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Dane Simpson – MC
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‘Some of the country's best comics…had audiences in tears’ The Queensland Times
‘Absolutely the funniest side-splitting laugh-‘til-it-hurts show yet’
The Honeycombers (Singapore)
‘A definite must see’ Bunbury Mail (WA)
‘Side-splitting fun, razor-sharp, high velocity wit.’ Daily Examiner, Grafton (NSW)
‘this line-up did not disappoint’ Theatre Travels (QLD)
‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’ Pelican Magazine (WA)
DANE SIMPSON is one of Australia’s rapidly rising stars and a regular on the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow tours. You may have seen Dane on ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’, Aussie feature film ‘The Merger’, ABC’s Comedy UpLate or Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala.
In 2018 Dane starred in the hit standup comedy show “Aborigi-LOL” which sold out its entire season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. At the end of 2018 he toured Western Australia with his variety show “Great Danes”.
A proud Gamilaraay man, Dane’s hilarious family are a popular fixture of his gut-bustingly funny standup comedy stories. Dane is based in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
‘A brilliant highlight’ – The Age
‘Massively talented’ – Time Out
‘Dane Simpson is proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences’ – Daily Advertiser
MATT FORD is a much-in-demand comic on the Queensland Comedy Circuit. Matt carries the demeanour of a cranky 40 year old, with acerbic observations and hilariously blunt delivery. Former Class Clowns Champion (2010), feature comic of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Comedy Zone cast (2015), Matt has performed as part of Deadly Funny National Showcase, Comedy Up Late (ABC 2016) and toured across Australia with The Aboriginal Allstars.
Matt has earned rave reviews at festivals across the nation as one half of Indigenous comedy show 'Aborigi-LOL'. He has worked with the likes of Tom Gleeson, Tom Ballard, Josh Earl and many others.
‘He’s one of those people who could drink a cup of coffee and it would be hilarious’ – Denise Scott“
‘Matthew had the relaxed, laid-back presence of a headliner who’s been doing this for the last 10 years...’ – Tom Gleeson
KIRSTY WEBECK wins hearts everywhere she goes with her upbeat and relatable brand of comedy that is often described as playful, light-hearted and fun. A gifted storyteller, she has a natural ability for turning the mundane into the hilarious and has quickly become one of the most popular Australian comedians on the circuit. As seen on Network 10’s How To Stay Married, The ABC’s Tonightly with Tom Ballard and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.
As heard on ABC Radio, Audible and as a co-host on Jo Stanley’s Broad Radio. She’s opened for Joel Creasey, Tom Gleeson, Tommy Little and Judith Lucy. She’s appeared on The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Allstars Supershow and she’s hosted Frocking Hilarious in Melbourne and the Falls Festival comedy stage in Byron Bay.
She’s a headliner in her own right and can be seen on stages right across the country. She was nominated for Best Comedy for her show ‘Gosh!’ At Hobart’s Fringe At The Edge Of The World 2020
IVAN ARISTEGUIETA From his own ABC sitcom, Lost in Pronunciation, to his debut live standup TV special, Chorizo Sizzle, Ivan exploded on to the scene in 2016 with his brilliant observations on Aussie culture and food, taking him around the country, headlining theatres and selling out festivals.
In 2018 Ivan performed at the MICF Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow, and hosted the RAW Comedy Grand Final. His success continued with ‘Juithy’, which he took to The Amsterdam Comedy Festival, London’s Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ivan now happily calls Australia home and has established himself as Australia's favourite Venezuelan comedian, relishing the chance to perform in his second language, English.
He has gathered a mass of fans for his trademark cheerful and naïve rejoicing in the troubles and joys of a land that is girt by tomato sauce...and the unmissable Saturday Bunnings sausage sizzle.
‘Aristeguieta’s performance is outstanding and he leaves the audience with warm smiles on their faces. My advice: run to buy a ticket, on the off chance that there are still any available.’ ★★★★ ArtsHub
DAVID QUIRK Stand-up comedian and actor David Quirk has cemented his place on our TV screens and as an original voice on the international comedy circuit, with hit live shows in Australia and the UK.
In 2017 David premiered his successful show Cowboy Mouth at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, captivating audiences and critics alike. In 2018, Cowboy Mouth was filmed live in Melbourne for ABC's Comedy Next Gen. David filmed a lead role in short film The Comedian directed by James Woods and collaborated with Benjamin Cittadini, starring in Elmo at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In 2019, David began writing a new show and filmed the final series of Rosehaven. In 2021, David returns to the stage, touring his new show Astonishing Obscurity around Australia.
'Brilliant...we've been on a journey through Quirk's own curious mind, and what a ride it's been.' ★★★★ The Age