Melbourne 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 Brisbane to Broome, Townsville to Traralgon, we’re criss-crossing the country taking in more than 80 destinations along the way. More than any year before, our 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!

Dane Simpson (MC) 

Dane Simpson is one of Australia's rapidly rising stars and a regular on the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. You have seen Dane on Have You Been Paying Attention? and Aussie feature film, "The Merger". 

Watch Dane's Gala performance here. 

Dane Simpson Headshot

Carl Donnelly (UK) 

Thanks to his Australian wife, double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly has remarkably been allowed into the country to represent the rest of the world at this year's festival. Carl has been nominated and won a host of awards in his 16 years as a stand-up performing at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal Just for Laughs, Kilkenny Comedy Festival and New Zealand Comedy Festival. 

Watch Carl's Gala performance here. 

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Kirsty Webeck

Kirsty 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. 

Watch Kirsty's set of The 2020 Standup Sessions here. 

Kirsty Webeck

Matt Ford 

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. Matt is a former Class Clowns Champion (2010), feature comic of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Comedy Zone cast, part of Deadly Funny National Showcase, Comedy Up Late (ABC 2016) and cast member of Aboriginal Comedy Allstars. 

Watch Matt's 2016 Comedy Up Late set here. 

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Mel Buttle 

Mel Buttle is a hilarious bundle of contradictions, and she's a package that is rapidly making herself felt in all media, right across the country. Since her first solo show in 2010 which scored her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Mel has been performing on the live comedy circuit across the country going from strength to strength including in 2019, touring her brand new comedy show, Welcome Aboard. 

 Watch Mel's 2019 Gala set here. 

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