Theatre Shorts

Comedy festival on the road

THE Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is heading our way again, with the five performers who will have audiences laughing loudly at Cessnock on June 8 and at Newcastle from June 9 to 11 a mix of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers.

This year’s MC is Sam Taunton, a young Australian comedian who began his laugh-riaising career three years ago and performed his first solo stand-up show at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Adam Hess is a cheeky guy from London, who mixes stand-up comedy with acting and television writing, and offers amusing comments on well-known people, including the Queen.

Mandy Nolan is a mother of five from the Byron Bay area who says she found comedy a breeze after raising her kids. She created her own comedy festival.

Nath Valvo is an Aussie who was nominated as best newcomer for his comedy show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and played in London’s West End early this year.

And Dilruk Jayasinha is a Sri Lankan who migrated to Australia at age 19 to study for an accountancy degree but after graduating found stand-up comedy to be more engaging. He has toured to his homeland and other countries and has appeared in the last seven Melbourne Comedy Festivals.

The Comedy Fest Roadshow is at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, June 8, at 8pm, tickets $45 to $50, and at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle, nightly from Friday, June 9, to Sunday, June 11, at 8pm, tickets $45 to $55.