The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls in to the Clarence Valley on June 26. Comedian Andy Saunders will be a part of the funny festivities.
The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls in to the Clarence Valley on June 26. Comedian Andy Saunders will be a part of the funny festivities.

Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow pulls into Grafton

WHILE the Clarence prepares for the arrival of Carl Barron in August after much campaigning to get him here, comedy punters will have the chance to warm up their funny bones next week when the hottest performers from around the world and direct from Australia's legendary breeding ground for live stand-up in Melbourne, arrive in Grafton on June 26.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the road again with a colossal night of hilarity planned so be prepared for laughs aplenty as some of the festival's most loved comedians are let loose for the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Sixteen years old and still going strong, this year's Roadshow will feature some of the best home-grown local talent and international superstars from this year's festival, visiting more than 75 destinations and performing more than 100 shows across Australia, including Grafton's own Saraton Theatre, before heading off to East Asia and India.

The Grafton contingent this year will include Andrew Saunders, Gillian Cosgriff, Nath Valvo, Geraldine Hickey and Ivan Aristeguieta.

This year's show, which runs over two hours with intermission, promises to be bigger and better than ever with a bunch of brand new faces and hilarious material coming your way.

Like all MICF performances, it may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older, and those with strong comedy constitutions.

Ivan Aristeguieta

Venezuela-born Ivan migrated to Adelaide, Australia in 2012 and took the great challenge of performing comedy in a second language.

After just one year Ivan was hand picked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to participate in "The Comedy Zone" and was awarded the prestigious "Dave Grant Comedy Grant".

Ivan was awarded the esteemed Adelaide Comedy Comedian of the Year award 2014.

Gillian Cosgriff

After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre, Gillian wrote her debut show, Waitressing...And Other Things I Do Well, which premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival before touring nationally. She also recorded an EP of original songs from the show with Luckiest Records, which was released on iTunes in 2011.

Her television appearances include Offspring, House Husbands, and Fat Tony & Co., and she was a backing vocalist for Kate Miller-Heidke's 2012 album, Nightflight.

Her most recent show, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, has played to sold-out crowds at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Fringeworld Perth and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and received the Best Cabaret Award at Melbourne Fringe 2013, the WA Arts Editor Award at Fringeworld Perth 2014, and a Green Room Award for Original Songs.

"Gillian Cosgriff is as talented as Tim Minchin, and not to be missed."- SBS

"This is what happens when serious talent meets serious funny" - Crikey

Gillian Cosgriff will be in the Clarence Valley as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow
Gillian Cosgriff will be in the Clarence Valley as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow

Andy Saunders

From an early age Andy Saunders has been telling jokes in front of a variety of audiences, he was always destined to make people laugh.

With an impressive and an extraordinary ability to use humour to break down barriers and stereotypes as well as provoke thought in any audience, Andy Saunders takes satire to new heights.

He continues to forge ahead as one of Australia's leading Indigenous comedians developing comedy that puts forward a thought provoking message that has addressed and undressed many social injustices and is always shrouded in laughter.

Nath Valvo

Nath Valvo currently hosts NOVA FM's weekend Breakfast show in Melbourne, and was recently nominated for Best Comedy at the 2015 Perth Fringe Festival. He has been labelled a rising star of comedy by a fancy newspaper, and has been the rare recipient of a five star review for a show he performed at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2014. Nath has a quick wit and a barrage of jokes that lace his often cringe worthy, yet always hilarious stories.

"This guy is hilarious. Five stars" Herald Sun.

Comedian Nath Valvo will be in the Clarence Valley as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow
Comedian Nath Valvo will be in the Clarence Valley as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow

Geraldine Hickey

Geraldine has been described as a 'deceptively cheery dame who'll quietly take out your innards.' She is revered in the industry as a comedian's comedian. This was proven in 2011 and 2012 when she was short listed for the 'Piece of Wood' award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A veteran of 8 seasons of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and a regular on the club and pub circuit around the country her experience has grown her into the thinking crowd's crumpet.



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