Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow


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25,000 miles of smiles - the Ultimate Comedy Road Trip.

It's Australia's biggest giggle, but we don't see why Melbourne should keep all the laughs to itself. In 2009, the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow returns to The J in Noosa on Wednesday the 20th of May t

.o bring those big laughs back to you! Great stand up, music, appealing and anarchic characters - they've crammed the very best of the Fest into the Tarago to deliver a huge night of the best comedy with DAVE CALLAN as M.C., RUSSELL KANE, ASHER TRELEAVEN, CELIA PACQUOLA and KITTY FLANAGAN.

This years' MC Dave Callan is an award winning comedian and host of Saturday night cult favourite The Graveyard Shift on Triple J. He was one of the founding cast members of Rove Live and his television credits include The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala on Channel 10, GMA with Bert Newton, The Footy Show and has guest hosted ABC's JTV. He was also on the last ever episode of Hey Hey it's Saturday. He has luxurious hair.

At school Kitty Flanagan was a tiny, stick like child with very large front teeth and fuzzy hair. Kitty secretly always wanted to be an actor, however she knew she would never survive acting school. Her inner voice wouldn't shut up long enough to let her do serious things like Shakespeare or mime classes that required you to wave about like a sheaf of wheat in the wind or melt like an ice cream in the sun. She tried to be a P.E teacher for a while, masqueraded five years as a copywriter before she started to believe her true calling to be pulling beers in a bar. And then she started doing standup and got a job on Full Frontal (a sketch show, not a nudie mag), moved to London and did lots of standup. Heaps of it. She did it everywhere. And she won awards.

Comedy writer, Radio & Television Performer and Stand Up/Sketch/ Improvisational Performer Celia Pacquola burst onto the Melbourne comedy scene in 2006 where she won the prize for Best First Time Entrant in the prestigious Raw Comedy open mic competition. Celia's candid and richly funny observations of the universe were lapped up by audiences nationally and noted by critics. In 2008 Celia's Comedy Festival dance card was full. She teamed up with Alison Bice, joined a gaggle of funny ladies at The Forum in Up Front 08, entertained the late night punters at Festival Club and took her funny on the road as part of the Comedy Festival Roadshow. Celia traded in her waitressing career to write for Good News Week, write and perform for The Comedy Hour on ABC radio and broadcast her weekly radio show Red Hot Go on Fox FM. Celia was bound for solo success when she wrote and performed her first solo show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2008. After three packed out nights and rave reviews Celia was awarded B
EST COMEDY SHOW at the Melbourne Fringe for her show 'Am I Strange'? Celia finished the year off in stunning style, making the nation laugh as she performed her first stand up spot on Rove.

Geek aficionado, book nerd and Carney come good Asher Treleaven is a comedian who defies classification. Whether it's treading the boards in the Famous Spiegel Tent or striding onto stage at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Treleaven is one of those rare creatures who effortlessly straddles the variety and stand up comedy genres.

7pm bar and doors for an 8pm start. This show may contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. Tickets for this licensed 18+ event are $39 / $35 conc. Book now -- sells out, WILL crack you up.

'A crowd favourite that has audiences coming back year after year because they know the show always delivers on its promise of a night of belly-aching laughter.' Murray Pioneer

'A feast of in-your-face laughter.' - Style Magazine

'The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow has such chalk-and-cheese personalities delivering such a wide assortment of gags, it has everyone's humour covered.' - Sunday Times (WA)

'An event no comedy fan should miss.' - Satellite (QLD)

'Not only will this Roadshow leave you with all sorts of stitches and aches, it will make your cheeks burn and your jaw sore too.' - Caloundra Weekly (QLD)

"(Kitty) Flanagan is one of the most subtle and perceptive of performers regardless of gender." - The Sunday Herald

"Some of the funniest traditional, free-form standup." - The Observer

"Flanagan's command of a crowd and material is impressive" - Sydney Morning Herald

"(Asher Treleaven) An excerpt from the Mills & Boon classic, Emerald Fire, has the audience in spasms of laughter at the potent combination of the appalling content ("Sweeter than honey!") and his rousing recital" - The Age 08

MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW 2009
date: Wednesday, 20 May
time: 7pm bar and doors for an 8pm start
tickets: $39 pp or $35 concessions
bookings: 07 - 5455 4455 (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm) or book online 24/7
genre: Comedy / Melbourne Comedy Festival

Artist Biography's

Kitty Flanagan

At school Kitty was a tiny, stick like child with very large front teeth and fuzzy hair.

An acutely shy teenager, she spent her adolescent years staying in on Saturday nights watching Eight is Enough and Magnum P.I. She also played tennis, a sport well known for retarding social development. There's a reason tennis players are rarely involved in scandals, they're essentially rather dull and for the most part, they don't even know how to talk to the opposite sex.

Secretly Kitty always wanted to be an actor, however she knew she would never survive acting school. Her inner voice wouldn't shut up long enough to let her do serious things like Shakespeare or mime classes that required you to wave about like a sheaf of wheat in the wind or melt like an ice cream in the sun.

She tried to be a P.E teacher for a while, this time ignoring her inner voice which was now screaming: "You cannot be serious!" (She was still really into tennis and her inner voice had started to sound a lot like John McEnroe.)

Advertising beckoned next as it seemed like the job that paid the most money for the least amount of qualifications. For five years she masqueraded as a copywriter. Eventually she was fired. She doesn't know why and sadly, she doesn't care.

Believing her true calling to be pulling beers, she went to work in a bar. And then she tried doing standup. And then she got a job on Full Frontal (a sketch show, not a nudie mag). And then she moved to London and did lots of standup. Heaps of it. She did it everywhere. Big clubs like the London Comedy Store, small clubs that were so small there's no point naming them cos you won't have heard of them.

She did standup in foreign countries like Japan, France, Germany and Holland, all known for their rocking sense of humour. She performed at all the Festivals including Edinburgh, Kilkenny, even Cape Town.

She did another sketch show, an English one this time. And then she made a short film. And she won awards. And she wrote long, tedious acceptance speeches which in her mind were pithy and witty and fortunately they were never heard because short film festivals, rather wisely, don't invite film makers to make acceptance speeches. All the while she did more standup. And she got commissioned to write things for the BBC. And for Channel Four.

And then she moved back to Australia. Which is where she is now. Still doing standup. Still writing for film and television.



Asher Treleaven

Geek aficionado, book nerd and Carney come good. Asher Treleaven is a comedian who defies classification.
Whether it's treading the boards in the Famous Spiegel Tent or striding onto stage at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Treleaven is one of those rare creatures who effortlessly straddles the variety and stand up comedy genres.
",gloriously odd" The Age 07

Performance
* "Cellar Door" Melbourne Comedy Festival 2008, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008, Solo comedy show
* "Melbourne International Comedy Festival Road-show" Regional tour of NT, WA, NSW & QLD, 2008
* "Ali McGregor's Late Nite Variety Nite Nite" Melbourne Comedy Festival 2008, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007, Co-host of Comedy/Variety show
* "Falls Festival" Stand up Comedy set at the Falls 2007/08
* "Best of the Edinburgh Fest" Melbourne Comedy Festival 2007, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007, Stand Up Comedy show.
* Edinburgh Festival 2006 & UK Tour, "The Book Club" London's hippest alternative comedy night.
* Melbourne Comedy Festival 2005, Producer, writer and performer in "Wild Duck"
* The Famous Spiegel Tent 2002,2003,2004, 2006 Principal cast member of, The Swizzle Club, La Clique and Club Spiegel.
* Melbourne Comedy Festival 2004, Producer, writer and performer of "On Wild Duck"
* Melbourne Fringe Festival 2003, Producer, writer and performer in " On Wild Duck"

Film & Television
* "The SLAMMER" BBC 1 children's variety show 08
* "Best of ROVE Live 2005" comedy performance 05
* "ROVE Live" Comedy performance 05
* "Hamish & Andy" Variety performance 04
* "Everyone's Cup", McDonald's com 03
* "Ned Kelly" Gregor Jordan 02
* "Lumpy" & "Quentin" VCA Short Films, voiceover

Awards
(and some I almost won)
* 2005 Nomination for British Comedy Award, best Touring Comedy Show, Robin Ince's Book club.
* 2005 Age Newspaper Critics choice award special commendation, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2005 for 'Wild Duck'
* 2003 Special Commendation, Melbourne Fringe Festival in comedy category for On Wild Duck.

"Treleaven is definitely one to watch" The West Australian 08
"An excerpt from the Mills & Boon classic, Emerald Fire, has the audience in spasms of laughter at the potent combination of the appalling content ("Sweeter than honey!") and his rousing recital" The Age 08



Dave Callan

Dave Callan is an award winning comedian and host of Saturday night cult favourite The Graveyard Shift on Triple J. He was one of the founding cast members of Rove Live and his television credits include The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala on Channel 10, GMA with Bert Newton, The Footy Show and has guest hosted ABC's JTV. He was also on the last ever episode of Hey Hey its Saturday.
He has luxurious hair.



Celia Pacquola

Comedy writer
Radio & Television Performer
Stand Up/Sketch/ Improvisational Performer

Celia Pacquola burst onto the Melbourne comedy scene in 2006. After only a handful of gigs, but a barrelful of laughs, she was crowned the Raw Recruit, winning the prize for Best First Time Entrant in the prestigious Raw Comedy open mic competition as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Celia's candid and richly funny observations of the universe were lapped up by audiences nationally and noted by critics. As a result she was hand picked in 2007 to perform as part of The Comedy Zone, which features the brightest new comedy talent on the scene.

In 2008 Celia's Comedy Festival dance card was full; she teamed up with Alison Bice to present the two handed theatrical stand up show, Celia Pacquola in ...Hating Alison Bice at Trades Hall, she joined a gaggle of funny ladies at The Forum in Up Front 08, entertained the late night punters at Festival Club and took her funny on the road as part of the Comedy Festival Roadshow.

In 2008 Celia traded in her waitressing career to write for Good News Week, write and perform for The Comedy Hour on ABC radio and broadcast her weekly radio show Red Hot Go on Fox FM.

Celia was bound for solo success when she wrote and performed her first solo show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October 2008. After three packed out nights and rave reviews Celia was awarded BEST COMEDY SHOW at the Melbourne Fringe for her show Am I Strange? Celia finished the year off in stunning style, making the nation laugh as she performed her first stand up spot on Rove.

An active part of the Melbourne comedy scene, you can catch Celia performing improvisational, sketch and stand up comedy alongside Melbourne's comedy elite.

Comedy Performance
2008 Winner Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe
Festival solo show, Am I Strange?
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Celia Pacquola is ...Hating Alison Bice
Upfront at the Forum
Festival Club

2008 MICF Roadshow
2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Comedy Zone
Miss (you) Melbourne
2006 Raw Recruit prize for Best First Time Entrant Raw Comedy
Performed a series of stand up gigs in London
2005 Greystone 2800 short film with Hamish & Andy won best short at MICF

Radio
2008-09 Fox Summer Breakfast with Tim Campbell & Charlie Delany
2007- Fox FM Red Hot Go Sunday 6-8 AM
2008 The Comedy Hour ABC Radio

Television
2008 Rove Network Ten
2004 The Friday Show television pilot with Hamish &
Andy Channel Seven

Writing
2008 Good News Week Network Ten
2008 The Comedy Hour ABC Radio

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