These intrepid travelling comedians can't be confined to Melbourne's comedy rooms any longer, they're back on the road to entertain crowds worldwide in 2014! Be a part of the fun when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into Bunbury on Friday 30 & Saturday 31 May at 8pm with a huge show featuring some of the best from one of the world's biggest comedy festivals.
After 15 years of traversing the many highways of this wide, brown land, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back with another jam-packed tour. Think Almost Famous but swap out the musicians for some incredibly funny comedians, replace USA for Australia's smaller cities and rural towns, add in epic amounts of humour and multiply the amount of group sing-alongs.
The full line-up has now been confirmed! Drumroll please...
Kevin Kropinyeri is one of the fastest rising stars in Australian comedy. He's a one-man whirlwind that will have you holding your sides laughing, as he shares tales of growing up, marriage and the particular absurd challenges of life as an Aboriginal Australian family man.
A high-energy performer, Kevin is sharp, likeable, silly and measured; mixing keen observational standup with joyfully ridiculous physical comedy.
Kevin has blasted his way onto the national standup scene in a short time, initially making a splash in 2008, winning the Melbourne Comedy Festival's national Deadly Funny comedy competition.
In the head-spinning years since then, Kevin has established himself as a fully professional performer on the national circuit, touring for almost 12 months of the year and releasing his own live DVD.
Special highlights have included appearances at the Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House three years running, feature shows at the Dreaming Festival, compering the Long Walk events at Federation Square, and touring with the internationally famous Chooky Dancers.
Kevin boasts a rich background as a state grade footballer and basketballer, a visual artist and years as a youth worker … and now, as the exciting new face of black Australian comedy.
Brisbane-born Sydney labourer Luke Heggie began 2010 with the New Year's Resolution that he'd get on stage and do some stand-up. His first gig was the one where he won his RAW Comedy heat; his second was the one where he got through the semi-final. His third was the one where he won the state final. If you can see a pattern appearing, you may well have guessed that Luke's ingenious one-liners - delivered with minimal fuss and frills - won him that year's National RAW Comedy Competition.
He's an efficient comic: no ostentation, no smoke and mirrors; visual, physical and verbal understatement ensue - followed by much laughter, of course. And because it's still early days, Luke's CV is as laconic as his stage manner: his RAW win meant Luke got to play Edinburgh Fringe, where he opened for The Nelson Twins - quite possibly the most Aussie comedy show to ever play the UK. Luke was also chosen to be part of the 2011 Comedy Zone - the show the Melbourne International Comedy Festival puts together from the very best up-and-comers. In 2012, he was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was then awarded Time Out's Best Sydney Comedy Award following his shows at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
You know you'll be hearing a lot more from Luke Heggie - although it will still be the most efficient words-to-laughs ratio of any comic you'll have seen.
Anne Edmonds is one of Australia's most exciting new stand-up, character and banjo playing comedians. She burst on to the comedy scene in 2010 as a national finalist in Raw Comedy (Australia's premier comedy talent quest) and went on to be nominated for 'Best Emerging Comedy Talent' at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Anne has since performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim.
2013 was a huge year for Anne. She made her television debut as a regular cast member on the Australian Broadcasting Network's sketch comedy show, Wednesday Night Fever, and in the narrative comedy series It's a Date. She was also took on America, invited to perform in the 34th Seattle International Comedy Competition and the New York Comedy Festival. Meanwhile, online, Anne has become a bit of a YouTube sensation with her ABC produced video 'Raylene the racist' attracting over 60,000 hits.
At only 26 years of age, Nick has already headlined comedy clubs all over Australia, sold out numerous solo shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival & Sydney Comedy Festival and has toured the country with some of the biggest names in comedy, such as international superstars Jim Jefferies and Anthony Jeselnik.
He was even personally selected by US comedy legend Bill Burr,to support him at the Sydney Opera House as part of the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival.
In July last year, Nick was invited by the Australian Defence Force to perform in Afghanistan for the troops and on top of that, became one of only a handful of Australians to be invited to perform stand-up on the US television network, Comedy Central.
Tom Ballard is a comedian who gets to perform the ancient art of stand-up all around Australia and who also gets to talk on the radio on a regular basis.
He began performing in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Class Clowns competition when he was in high school but he never won it which has left him with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy and bitterness and he'd rather we all just moved on.
2010 saw Tom and Alex take over the weekday triple j breakfast show, following in the footsteps of the likes of Wil Anderson, Adam Spencer, Helen Razer, Mikey Robbins, Marieke Hardy and Paul McDermott. After four years of 'Breakfast with Tom and Alex' (and winning an ARIA), Tom decided to hang up his headphones for a well-earned sleep in and to focus on his first love, stand-up.
Warning: Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.