Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

7 June 2018

Presented by Cessnock Performing Arts Centre

Australia’s largest comedy festival is packing up and ready to roll!

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around Australia, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far.

Featuring fantastic funny-makers from Australia and beyond, the Roadshow has it all. It’s stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song – all in one side-splitting show!

For nearly 20 years this roving tour-de-comedy has visited towns and cities around Australia, from Mildura to Mt Isa and everywhere in between. There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so we’re bound to be heading your way.

You won’t want to miss it when this bounty of belly laughs rolls into town. Come on Australia - pack your laughing gear and get on board the Roadshow!


Bob Franklin (MC)

Bob Franklin is an award-winning stand-up comic, writer, director and actor. He has been twice nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival "Barry Award" and has won both the MICF "Piece of Wood" Award and the Sunday Age "Best Comedy Show of the Year" Award.

His television and film work includes Jack Irish – Black Tide, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, Bad Eggs, The Librarians, Stupid, Stupid Man, Please Like Me, Jack Irish and Thank God You’re Here.

He has written and directed two short suspense films and has recently directed two episodes of Little Lunch for the ABC and Lano & Woodley’s stage show, Fly.

He followed up his Australian Shadows Literary Award-winning 2010 collection of short stories Under Stones with the release of his first novel Moving Tigers in February 2015.

Josh Earl

Josh Earl is an award-winning comedian, cake enthusiast and host of TV and radio (Spicks and Specks and 3RRRFM’s Breakfasters). With a comedy CV that most comedians would dream of, Josh has shared the stage and screen with the likes of Tim Minchin, Ade Edmondson and Arj Barker.

His most popular offerings have been Josh Earl is a Librarian, and Josh Earl vs. The Australian Women’s Weekly Cake Book, both have toured every state in Australia and earned him the award of "Best Comedy" at Fringe World, Perth.

Josh has hosted and written for Spicks and Specks, appeared on Triple J, ABC Local Radio, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Mad As Hell, Adam Hills Tonight, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Allstars Gala.

Sharul Channa

As one of the few stand-up comedians in Singapore, Sharul has had a stand-up comedy career spanning over 7 years. Most notably, she was a part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a feature on Kings and Queens of Comedy Asia in 2017, a part of the Singapore Writers Festival’s first stand-up comedy show, and a stand-up act on Comedy Central’s Stand up, Asia! 1 and 2.

Her one-hour show Sharul Weds Sharul was a part of Singapore’s Indian cultural festival Kalaa Utsavam, which was held at the Esplanade Recital Studio in 2017. She also performed her one-hour stand-up special last year, Pottymouth by Sharul Channa and she continues the brand in 2018, with Sharul Channa is a Pottymouth.  

Suzi Ruffell

Suzi’s innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude. Lauded as ‘a real stand up gem’ by The Guardian, this young independent woman celebrates her working class roots with a sideways look at the world.  

Regarded as one of the best up-and-coming acts on the circuit, Suzi is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain supporting the likes of Alan Carr, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges and Romesh Ranganathana. In 2017, Suzi took her solo show Common on a sell-out tour around the UK.

Tom Cashman

Stand-up comedian Tom Cashman is fresh from taking his hit, debut festival show to Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide to sell-out crowds and rave reviews.

Tom was hand-picked for the prestigious Comedy Zone showcase at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year and is a regular at comedy clubs around the country. Hailing from Sydney, Tom’s ripper gags and awkward stories will have you in stitches.


Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.




Thursday, 7 June - 8pm


2 hours 30 minutes, including interval


‘A night out that does not disappoint, it’s truly a ‘something for everyone’ kind of event.’ -

‘Jokes and sketches come hard and fast… there’s no other show each year that quite assures you of asmorgasbord of quality funnymen and women’ -


Adult - $50.00

CPAC Member - $45.00

Group 4+ - $40.00

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