The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow 2007

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  • Location: The Events Centre, Caloundra, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland
'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
WARNING: This show may contain coarse language, sexual references and material which can offend. It is not recommended for children under the age of 15.
The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow 2007
Thursday 24 May 2007
Time: 8pm
Phone: 07 54914240
Price: Adults $31.50, Concession $29.50. Subscription: Adult $28, Concession $26
'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
WARNING: This show may contain coarse language, sexual references and material which can offend. It is not recommended for children under the age of 15.

Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow 2007
Thursday 24 May @ 8:00pm
From Albury to Alice, Cairns to Karratha and Hobart to Horsham, the ninth Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road to tour Australia . Don't miss your chance to enjoy the laughs here, live on stage. Featuring some of the most fabulously funny home-grown and overseas comedians from the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this show delivers a slick, sophisticated, unpredictable, original, cheeky and engaging night-out to comedy fans far and wide. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
Featuring Maeve Higgins, Charlie Pickering, Sammy J & Josh Thomas.
'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
'The Roadshow has hit on a winning formula. Long may it continue.' The Examiner, Tasmania
'The top-shelf line-up suggests that the cream of Melbourne 's fest will continue to scratch our comedy itch.' The West Australian
'A night of fantastic energy, laughter and enjoyment.' Barossa and Light Herald
Warning: This show may contain coarse language, sexual references and material which can offend. It is not recommended for children under the age of 15. 120 mins
Venue: Theatre
The Melbourne Comedy Festival is on at The Events Centre (Formerly Caloundra Cultural Centre ) on Thursday 24 May @ 8:00PM .   Ticket Prices are $31.50 Adult, $27.50 Concession/Group (10+), Subscription: $28 Adult, $26 Concession.   Bookings (07) 5491 4240, Box Office Hours: Monday- Frida y 8:30am-6:00pm , Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm , Box Office opens 1 hour prior to performance.   For more information or to book through 'e-tix' online visit our website at
Charlie Pickering
Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is possibly the most exciting new name in Australian comedy.
2006 was a massive year, with Charlie performing solo seasons at the Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Cracker Comedy Festival in Sydney, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, NZ International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as performing in his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and a stint at the Cape Town Comedy Festival in South Africa.
Yes, our Charlie sure does get around!
Charlie premiered his new show Auto at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and topped off a sell out season with a prestigious Barry Award Nomination for Most Outstanding Show. Auto then travelled to New Zealand and Edinburgh to rave reviews, followed by a season at the Soho Theatre in London.
2005 was also huge for Charlie as he picked up a Perrier Best Newcomer Nomination in Edinburgh and was named Best International Guest by the NZ Comedy Guild.
Charlie began to perform solo stand up in the pubs and clubs of Melbourne in 2000. He started the cult comedy room Stagetime with fellow comic Michael Chamberlin, each taking turns as compere. Since then he has built a reputation as a quality performer, a talented host and a natural storyteller.
But his talents don't end with live work. Charlie spent two years co-hosting Triple J's Drive Show and was a regular on ABC-TV's comedy show Stand Up! You may also have spotted him in 2004 most Friday morning's with Michael Chamberlin dissecting the news of the week on Nine's Today program. Most recently he has been a regular host on the Comedy Channel and also performed stand up on Rove [Live].
"Charming company and a natural raconteur ****" The Scotsman
"You won't be disappointed ****" The Independent UK
"Dangerously funny" Cape Town Argus
"Masterful ****" New Zealand Herald
"Stuffs more material into an hour than other comics do in two" Herald-Sun
"Australia's Best ****" The Adelaide Advertiser
Josh Thomas
At the age of just 17 Josh Thomas was the youngest ever winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy Competition in 2005. He thought he was the King of the world. His next gig was in a scary you-might-actually-die-when-theystab-you style Tavern in front of 12 comics and a man sitting at the bar crying into his beer.
After only a few short years of performing stand up Josh's unique talent has the Australian Comedy Industry abuzz. His virginal looks and cutting dialect combine to create a voice that is genuinely distinct and exciting. For a performer so young to have such an honest and developed sense of who he is on stage is quite remarkable.
In 2006, Josh performed in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of Australia's best new talent presented by the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He was critically regarded as the highlight of that show. As a result he was asked to perform at the annual Moosehead Award Benefit Night, in front of a 1500 strong crowd at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Josh currently runs Livewired, a comedy room in Brisbane's Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, every Sunday evening. The room is proving to be a big hit with comics and audiences alike.
In the last twelve months Josh has performed on the Comedy Channel's Stand Up! Australia and supported the likes of Dave Hughes in front of a crowd of 1500. He has been heard on the ABC's Triple J Breakfast Show, Brisbane's 612 ABC, Triple M Brisbane and the Triple Z Comedy Show.
Josh has performed over 300 live stand up gigs in Australia and beyond. These include performances at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he made the finals of So You Think You're Funny, Edinburgh's equivalent to RAW Comedy.
Josh will be presenting his first solo show Please Like Me at the 2007 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
"Energetic and original with a quirky sense of timing ... Josh left the audience in tatters"
The Courier Mail "The future of Australian comedy" Time Off Magazine "The most
successful is Josh Thomas... he's a standout" The Pun
Maeve Higgins
Maeve Higgins a mildly spectacular stand up comedian from an island off the south coast of Ireland. She's here to make you laugh about a number of burning issues like fridge magnets, lovable dentists and how it is for old fashioned ladies in the new world.
In her debut Australian show, Maeve shys away from typical 'debut show' behaviour.
There are none of the traditional ballgowns or fandances employed by other comics, just mildly spectacular stand up from an otherwise quiet girl. She comes from rural Ireland but sometimes pretends to be a big city girl in order to befriend urban folks. It never works because she can't walk and drink coffee at the same time. Her show is a wonderful way to spend an hour. You will laugh loads and also be given crime stopping tips and biscuit recipes.
Maeve Higgins is one of Ireland's newest and loveliest comedy stars. In the past three years she has been busy doing shows in arts festivals around the world, including Edinburgh, Adelaide and Kilkenny. Her debut show in Edinburgh in 2006 went down a treat with the critics so it was often sold out except for Mondays and Tuesdays, but you know, those are often quiet nights in for people. Her style is unique and sometimes blows minds but never in a violent way. She travels around doing comedy because she loves it.
It is the thing she is best at apart from baking and thinking of sassy responses to annoying statements long after the person who's made the statement has left. In some shows she makes cakes with her sister Lilly but these days Lilly is busy with painting so Maeve does comedy on her own again, which is also good. She is known for the Irish TV show 'Naked Camera' and 'The Ray D'arcy Show' on Today FM.
'a master of edgy comedy' The Sunday Times, U.K
'****' The Scotsman
'deadpan,low energy, but quietly wonderful' Chortle UK
At just 23 years of age, Sammy J has established himself as one of  the brightest young performers on the Australian comedy scene.  2006 was a good year for the waif-like singer with a love of juice.
He took out the coveted 'Best Newcomer' award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, toured with the Festival Roadshow, sold out at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, performed in the UK, and finished up warbling away at the Famous Spiegeltent. And all this from someone who weighs just 58 kilograms! The one-time law student has composed over one hundred comedy songs and released two albums of material, receiving nationwide airplay. An evening with Sammy J is rarely forgotten. Whether he's singing a duet on his own, describing his childhood political career, or performing an entire song backwards, Sammy burns every calorie he can in the name of entertainment.
"Uncomfortably brilliant … Sammy J is witty, talented and possessed of incredible timing and memory … a 58 kilogram superstar" The Age

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