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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - Review

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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The roadshow is a wonderful way to experience the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in one's hometown. Different combinations of MCs and comedians are taking their travelling minstrel show on the road around Australia and Asia.

At the Civic Theatre Newcastle we were treated to a fast paced show full of satire, sketch and song which was MC'd by Bob Franklin. The four acts, Josh Earl, Geraldine Hickey, Tom Cashman & Suzi Ruffell from the UK were very funny but very different in their approach to comedy. Each performer was introduced by Bob Franklin who also had quite a few one liners up his sleeve as well as a 'spectacular' card trick that included the obligatory audience participation.

Theatre, nightlife, drama, comedy
The foyer of Civic Theatre Newcastle (image JW)

Regular listeners of Melbourne's 3RRRFM Breakfasters program would be familiar with Geraldine Hickey's self-effacing 'in your face' style, she is brilliant at finding the funny side of everyday ordinary situations. Apart from Bob Franklin Josh Earl was the comedian that I was the most familiar with and his light hearted stories of family life with young children struck a chord with most of the audience.

The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow is a great way to have a fun night out whilst broadening your comedy horizon. Check the website for details as there are still some roadshows playing in Tasmania, regional NSW, regional Victoria, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Why? To have a evening full of fun
When: See website for dates in other cities
Phone: Depends on ticketing agency
Where: Australia wide & some Asian shows
Cost: $55 (Civic Theatre Newcastle)
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