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Melbourne International Comedy

Festival Roadshow

Australia's premier comedy roadshow is coming your way!


Wednesday 22nd May 2024


8.00pm - 10.15pm


Town Hall



Australia’s biggest and best comedy spectacular is setting off on its 26th annual road trip around the country! Showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we’re delivering a dose of laughter right to your doorstep!

Featuring a line-up of beloved comedy royalty alongside the freshest sensations from the Festival, all in one hilarious show that guarantees nationwide laughs.

This year’s line-up includes host Zack Dyer, Janty Blair, David Quirk, He Huang and Suren Jayemanne.

Gather your pals, secure your tickets, and get ready for a well-deserved blast of comedy when the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow graces the stage in your neighbourhood!

‘a seamless and ultra-hilarious evening!’ Scenestr
‘we were laughing from the moment the lights went down, to well into the  drive home.’ Scenestr
‘Wiping tears away and wheezing from the sheer joy.’ Australian Stage
‘Side-splitting fun, razor-sharp, high velocity wit.’ Daily Examiner, Grafton  NSW)
‘Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow… has everyone’s humour covered.’ The Sunday Times (WA)

Zack Dyer

Zack Dyer is a comedian originally hailing from North Queensland. After performing in Queensland for several years, Zack then moved to Melbourne where he found success after winning Triple J’s RAW comedy competition in 2017, the following year he was a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s newcomer showcase “The Comedy Zone”.
In 2019 he successfully debuted his first solo show at both the Brisbane and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and has been a regular at festivals and comedy clubs around the country since.
Laconic and relaxed, Zack has his own unique style of absurd observations mixed with stories that stem from his background as a North Queenslander from a working class bogan family.

Janty Blair

Janty is a DEADLY Butchulla, Mununjali and Woppaburra woman based in Narrm /Melbourne.
In 2022 she won the Deadly Funny Grand Final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Since then she has performed at festivals across the country, including Blakout at the Brisbane Comedy festival and around the world; including her first time with the Aboriginal Comedy All Stars at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Recently, she performed in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and is now getting ready to showcase her first one woman show in 2025.

David Quirk

You might have seen David Quirk in Rosehaven, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor’s acclaimed ABC series where he plays the odd/lovely character of Damian, the Tasmanian hoarding locksmith. Or maybe it was as Josh Thomas’
love interest in Please Like Me. If not there, perhaps it was with Sam Simmons in Problems, or with Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane. Who can say?
Stand-up comedian and actor David Quirk has cemented his place on our TV screens and as an original voice on the international comedy circuit, with hit live shows in Australia and the UK.
His break-through live show, Shaking Hands With Danger, a storytelling tale about infidelity, took out the coveted peer voted award – The Piece of Wood Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and was nominated
for Best Comedy at the Sydney Comedy Festival. The show also ran successful seasons in both London and Edinburgh.
His follow up, Career, Suicide in 2014, also garnered great reviews and has consolidated David’s place as one of our most interesting, honest and daring standups.
In 2015, David premiered his eagerly awaited show Thrasher – a pop-up site specific show performed in the actual skateboard shop where he has worked for most of his adult life. He followed this up with Approaching Perfection in 2016, a unanimous four-star show that toured the country and the UK: ‘His observations are revealing, his realisations endearing – Quirk is a comic not to be missed.’ The Skinny(UK).In addition to his numerous successful solo shows, David has co-created and performed in award-winning collaborations: The
Incident, a bromantic comedy with Sam Simmons, for which he won the Golden Gibbo Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2010. He went on to win the Innovation in Theatre Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival
in 2011 for Bunny, written by Benjamin Cittadini and performed with Craig Peade.
In 2017 David premiered his successful show Cowboy Mouth at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, captivating audiences and critics alike. In 2018, Cowboy Mouth was filmed live in Melbourne for ABC’s Comedy Next Gen. David filmed a lead role in short film The Comedian directed by James Woods and collaborated with Benjamin Cittadini, starring in Elmo at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. ‘Quick wit and impeccable timing, Quirk
is a compelling storyteller.’ The Herald Sun. ‘Brilliant…we’ve been on a journey through Quirk’s own curious mind, and what a ride it’s been.’ ★★★★ The Age.

He Huang

He Huang grew up in a small town of Chongqing, China, a mountainous region, where her family had lived for generations with a strong passion for drinking, cursing and gambling. Turns out it was the perfect setting to start a life in stand-up comedy, and after travelling the world – uni in Beijing, a Masters in Washington DC – she found herself in Australia. In 2021, she auditioned for RAW Comedy, Australia’s premiere new talent contest, winning state finalist for Victoria before performing in the national final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. However, it would be another audition that put He on the comedy map… In 2022, He auditioned for the TV show, Australia’s Got Talent, with her stand up routine becoming a viral sensation, with over 60 million views globally.
“…a joyous and empowered celebration of sexuality, and a strong solo debut. ★★★1 /2” –
The Age
“…with a breadth of material that keeps things interesting… this is a quietly impressive debut.
★★★1 /2” – Chortle

Suren Jayemanne

Suren Jayemanne is a stand up comedian, writer and actor. Suren was selected for the prestigious Moosehead Award in 2023 for his show The Bag of Vegeta which wowed critics and audiences alike at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Suren is the creator and host of SBS Food’s Good Tucker and his stand up special featured on ABC’s Comedy Next Gen (2018) and he has appeared on Comedy Up Late (ABC), Australia Talks (ABC), The Cook Up (SBS) and Celebrity Letters and Numbers (SBS). He is also a writer for and panellist on Wil Anderson’s Question Everything (ABC).





Performances often contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may
offend. The show is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.

Bar open 7:30pm, BYO Nibbles
Performance 8pm
20 minute interval

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