A Roaring Roadshow
Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow hits stages in Alice Springs and Darwin this month, an entourage of four comedians in tow for the Roadshow’s 25th year to serve big laughs over two delightful hours.
By Kodi Twiner
Drawing rave reviews from across the continent, and a great reputation after years on the road, there’s no doubt the loyal fanbase for this side-splitting show are getting their ticket’s worth this year.
Hitting the stage is He Huang, known for her deadpan delivery and dry humour, self-identified bogan Brett Blake, the upbeat and relatable Kirsty Webeck (who doesn’t mind chucking a sickie), and rising star Blake Freeman, who just moved back in with his mum. All fresh from their own tours, they’re in fine form on their own winding comedic journeys.
Huang won Melbourne’s RAW Comedy in 2021 and has since toured the US, with more tours on the horizon. She’s surprised to realise she might be professionally funny, a big change from her days of aspiring to be a public servant.
“My grandparents are farmers, my parents are first generation – they’re funny people, but they never thought about comedy as a profession. It’s not a straight road. It’s a journey to find out who I am.”
Huang says audiences can expect to hear about what’s bothering her right now.
“Being a single woman in my 30s, being harassed by my parents to get married. My show has a lot of cultural observation and anecdotal humour.”
The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow is set to be a very, very good time. Bold and unapologetic, it’s a chance to step away from day-to-day stresses, and be uplifted by a good old chuckle.
“Comedy is entertainment, don’t expect comedians to be serious people. Come and have a laugh, take things light-heartedly and enjoy!”
Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow
WHEN THU 15 JUN | 7.30PM
AT ARALUEN ARTS CENTRE
COST $55 | $45 MEMB $43 CONC/STUD