Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
Lighthouse Theatre
Approximate Duration: 
2 hours 15 minutes (includes interval)

MC: Bob Franklin
Ben Knight
Brennan Reece (UK)
Georgie Carroll
​​​​​​​Lauren Pattison (UK)

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. Whether you’re in Katherine, Quirindi, Kyneton or Cairns, you can still 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!

Bob Franklin (MC)
Bob Franklin is an award-winning stand-up comic, writer, director and actor. He has been twice nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award and has won both the MICF Piece of Wood Award and the Sunday Age Best Comedy Show of the Year Award. His television and film work includes Jack Irish – Black Tide, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, Bad Eggs, The Librarians, Stupid, Stupid Man, Please Like Me, Jack Irish and Thank God You’re Here.

Ben Knight
Ben Knight is an ex-teacher/musician from Queensland who made the move to Melbourne five years ago to pursue comedy and acting. Whilst hustling in the Melbourne comedy scene Ben scored minor roles in Upper Middle Bogan and Offspring, and in 2016 he landed a lead role in the ABC TV series The Warriors as Scottie Watson. He has since gone from strength to strength, selling out his Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs in both 2017 and 2018 and recently landed roles in two Australian feature films, The Merger (2018) and Judy and Punch (2019).

Brendan Reece
Star of Live At The Apollo (BBC), Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and Life Lessons (BBC), Brennan Reece returns to Australia! This cheeky Brit was also nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award (Best Newcomer) and won English Comedian Of The Year. He has performed all over the world, and supported some of the finest comics around, including Rob Brydon, Jason Manford and Nick Offerman. ‘Powerfully entertaining, unstoppable force.’ Chortle

Georgie Carroll
Born and raised in Manchester, England; now a proud Australian, Georgie Carroll is a comedian, nurse, wife and mother.This combination of home life and hospital has provided 24/7 training ground that has nurtured Georgie’s naturally funny bones. Her bluntness and charm coupled with razor-sharp wit, give her a broad-spectrum appeal that can be put into any room, with any line-up, and shine. Georgie took out ‘Most Prolific Writer’, ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Comedian of the Year’ in Adelaide Comedy Awards. Her debut festival hour ‘Nurse Case Scenario’ was nominated for ‘Best Emerging Comedy’ at Adelaide Fringe and ‘Best Comedy’ at Perth Fringe World. Her follow up show ‘Gauze and Affect’ is undoubtedly Georgie’s strongest hour to date.

Lauren Pattison
Lauren is a comedian, actor and writer. Her second hour 'Peachy' sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 within the first week of the festival, extra shows were added due to popular demand and consequently also sold out. Following the Fringe 'Peachy' enjoyed a week's run at Soho Theatre. In August 2017 Lauren sold out her debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her critically acclaimed show Lady Muck. This 5 star show was so popular three extra shows were added and subsequently sold out. Not only was ‘Lady Muck’ the best reviewed show at The Pleasance in 2017, Lauren also won a Herald Angel Award and was nominated for Best Newcomer 2017 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Needless to say, Lauren had an incredible debut year! She also successfully took the show to Soho Theatre where she also sold out the run.

In 2018 Lauren performed at Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, New Zealand and Kilkenny International Comedy Festivals. She was the only UK rising Star invited to Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Sydney, performing on The Brit(ish) line up alongside Sarah Pascoe, Joel Dommett, Ed Gamble and hosted by Nish Kumar. Whilst in Montreal she also recorded a set for The Stand Up Show with Katherine Ryan, due to TX later this year.

Warnings: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

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