The Melbourne International Comedy Festival HK

Exhibition - Comedy

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Mon 18-07-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h
  • Tue 19-07-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h
  • Wed 20-07-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h
  • Thu 21-07-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h
  • Fri 22-07-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h
  • Sat 23-07-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h
  • Sun 24-07-2016 7:00 PM - 2 h

Fringe Underground

*Early Bird Discount for 18-19 Jul shows - valid until 18 Jun 2016 $250; **Early Bird Discount for 20 Jul show - valid until 18 Jun 2016 $325

In English




18-19 Jul 2016 shows
Standard: $280
Fringe Club Member: $250

20-21, 24 Jul 2016 shows
Standard: $375
Fringe Club Member: $325

22-23 Jul 2016 shows
Standard: $395
Fringe Club Member: $345


About Roadshow

For nearly twenty years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow has home delivered the best of the Festival to towns and cities across Australia.  For three months of touring comedy madness, the Roadshow crew travels to over 80 regional destinations, bringing laughs to all corners of the great brown land!

And the party doesn’t stop there, the Roadshow then takes to the sky for the Asian leg, showcasing the best in Aussie comedy to audiences in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

It’s silly, it’s satirical, it’s side-splitting. It’s Australia’s ultimate comedy roadtrip!


Ivan Aristguieta 

WINNER 2014 Adelaide Comedian of the Year

WINNER 2014 Dave Grant Comedy Award

Ivan and his wife migrated from Venezuela to Adelaide in 2012.

Soon after arriving, Ivan took up the challenge of performing comedy in a second language, and after six months he’d collected his first comedy award and was chosen to perform in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Comedy Zone and Roadshow.

After a sold-out 2014 Melbourne season, the UK’s pre-eminent comedy guide, Chortle, enthused: “Give this man citizenship... he’s sure to have more to contribute to the Australian comedy scene.”

Ivan has now toured for two consecutive years with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and the Sydney International Comedy Festival Showcase Tour, as well as absolutely killing it this year at Just for Laughs at the Sydney Opera House.

Ivan now happily calls Australia home and has established himself as Australia’s favourite Venezuelan comedian, relishing the chance to perform in his second language, English. He has gathered a mass of fans for his trademark cheerful and naïve rejoicing in the troubles and joys of a land that is girt by tomato sauce.

”It’s extremely refreshing to hear a different take on antipodean culture, one that equally highlights the positives while still being able to poke fun at this nation’s wackier inconsistencies.” ★★★★ Herald Sun

“His storylines are funny, his observations are astute and his call-­‐backs are brilliant and well-­‐timed.” ★★★★ Beat

”Once you understand he was also a stand-­‐up comic back home in Venezuela, you can truly appreciate his talent for keeping the funnies rolling in whatever language he choose… Brilliant show.” ★★★★Herald Sun

“As refreshing a show that you’ll see.” The AU Review

“On the night every single one of us walked out feeling a lot better about life.” Perth Lifestyle Blogger


Phil Wang

Phil Wang is rapidly making a name for himself both in the UK and internationally with clever lines and a trademark laid-back style. As well as a hugely successful run of his new solo show Philth, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 also saw Phil debut his new sketch trio Daphne alongside Jason Forbes and George Fouracres. The show was a phenomenal success, completely selling out and being nominated for the prestigious Foster’s Newcomer Award. As well as two previous solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Phil has also performed stand-up at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015.

In 2015 Phil performed on The John Bishop Show (BBC1) and Russel Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), and appeared as a regular character in BBC3’s acclaimed new sitcom Top Coppers. He has also appeared on Funniest Moments of 2014 (Channel 4), The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2) and Three at the Fringe (BBC3), and on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe and Best Behaviour, and the Comedy Live Lounge (BBC Radio 1).

“Certain belly laughs” Sunday Times

“Brilliant… His technique is flawless, his observations astute.” Chortle

“He’s an intelligent, attuned observer and his thoughts reward attentive listening.” Jay Richardson, The Scotsman

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Sam Taunton

Sam Taunton is quickly establishing himself as one to watch in the Australian comedy landscape.

Bursting onto the scene in the 2015 RAW Comedy National Final, he received the judges’ “Special Mention” award, and has since gone on to play venues all around the country.  Handpicked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to be part of the prestigious “Comedy Zone” showcase at the 2016 Comedy Festival, he’s emerging as one of the most charming acts and in-demand hosts in the country.

As seen and heard on ABC Television’s comedy Up Late, Channel [V], Triple J, NOVA, Channel 31 and JOY FM. 


Bob Franklin

Bob Franklin is an award-winning comedian, writer, director, author and actor.

His television and film work includes Bad Eggs, The Librarians, Stupid, Stupid Man and Thank God You’re Here.

He has written and directed two short suspense films.

He followed up his 2010 collection of short stories with the release of his first novel, Moving Tigers, in February 2015.

Awards and accolades:

MICF Golden Gibbo Award nominee - The Writers (2013)

MICF Piece of Wood Award winner - Stubborn Monkey Disorder (2012)

Sunday Age Best Comedy Award winner - An Audience with Sir Robert (2011)

MICF Barry Award nominee - An Audience with Sir Robert (2011)

MICF Barry Award nominee - Up and At ’Em, Australia (1999)

Mel Buttle

Mel Buttle is a hilarious bundle of contradictions, and she’s a package rapidly making herself felt in all mediums, right across Australia.

In 2010, with her first-ever solo show, Mel was the talk of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, even scoring a nomination for Best Newcomer.  Since then, Mel has taken her comedy all over Australia, appearing at all of the major comedy festivals, visiting the regions on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and supporting the likes of Steven K Amos, Wil Anderson, Aziz Ansari and Josh Thomas on tour.

In 2012 she won the Sydney Fringe Festival’s Best Comedy Award for her show Mel Buttle, Stop It You Are!, and in 2013 she picked up the Directors’ Choice Award in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for How Embarassment. 

Meanwhile, Mel’s fans follow her embarrassed misadventures through modern life on her hit Twitter feed, which boasts over 12,500 followers.

“Buttle has the right mix of confidence and vulnerability to get the audience on side and the material to keep them there … there is something about Buttle that brings a young Judith Lucy to mind. It would come as no surprise if she was just as successful.” The Courier Mail

“With the confidence, presence and sarcasm of a young Kitty Flanagan, Buttle had the audience eating out of her hand with some hilariously wrong stories…” The West Australian

“Searingly honest wisecracker” and “Her potent and polished debut promises comedy greatness” Sydney Morning Herald

“Gifted of rare talent” The Age

  • Ticket price does not include customer service fee.
  • Performances may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. Not suitable for people under age 16 .
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  • Free Seating
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