Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2023

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Australia’s biggest and best comedy festival is hitting the road for a huge 25th year! 

Featuring the best and brightest of the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we’re bringing the funny to you!

Get ready for a stellar line-up with Roadshow favourites alongside the most talked-about breakthrough stars of the moment, together in one jam-packed show that’s sure to leave the whole nation laughing.

So, get some mates together, book your tickets and head out for a much-needed comedy fix when the Roadshow hits the stage in Cessnock!!


MICFR 2023 Cast for Cessnock



Brennan is a multi award winning working class wordsmith (Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee and English Comedian Of The Year Winner) . A stand-up, a storyteller and self confessed mummy’s boy. His boyish cheeks recently cropped up on Survival Of The Fittest (ITV), The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV) Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and racking up over 6 million YouTube hits for his stint on Top Gear (BBC). A true Northern voice, with family close to his heart. Your Mum is going to love him! Not like that, you dirty little perve...


There are few new voices on the Australian comedy scene as distinctive and exciting as Lewis Garnham. Since representing his home state of South Australia at the 2016 RAW Comedy National Final, Lewis has been captivating audiences around the country with a style that is a potent combination of laconic, intelligent, and introspective.

Lewis had also made regular appearances on Triple J, Triple M and ABC Radio. His podcast Can I Borrow Your Mind is a collection of interviews with interesting people from all walks of life. Some of his guests include presenter Tony Armstrong, The Chaser's Chas Licciardello and journalist and author Antoinette Lattouf. He also has a comedy podcast called Good Graf whereby he and fellow comedian Jordan Barr figure out the back stories behind pieces of graffiti they've seen in pub toilets.

Lewis’ stand up, observations and thoughtful opinions have resonated with hundreds of thousands of people online via his social media channels on TikTok and Instagram, from all over the world.

In his spare time Lewis enjoys birdwatching, swimming in the ocean and sitting in backyards with friends having passionate, pissed off conversations about the state of the world.


Mandy Nolan has been a comedian for over three decades. As a loud mouth lefty feminist she’s long used the platform not just to make jokes, but also to champion the big issues.

She’s not only a domestic violence survivor, she’s brave enough to do a joke about it. Hailed by Wil Anderson as Australia’s ‘funniest non famous comedian’ people have always asked why someone as accomplished and commanding as Nolan has never got the national cut through she deserves. Nolan blames herself ‘I dropped out and moved to Byron Bay when I was 23. Before it was cool. Then I had 5 kids. Three husbands. Then I got old. As a woman that’s not great for business.’

Nolan has delivered a TEDx talk, she’s headlined MICF Roadshow, Sydney Comedy Festival Roadshow and she’s struck comedy gold at Upfront at Melbourne’s Town Hall, and this year as a recipient of the prestigious MICF Moosehead Award, presented The Candidate, her one hour download of running for Federal politics.


Scout Boxall is one of the most exciting new talents in Australian comedy. Their work swings between pithy observational stand up and chaotic PowerPoint comedy with a sharp political awareness. Winner of Best Emerging Artist (Melbourne Fringe 2019), nominee for Best Newcomer (MICF 2021), and recipient of the Moosehead Award (MICF 2022), Scout has been absolutely smashing it on the scene with appearances at Up Late, the Upfront Gala, the Mardi Gras Gala and Splendour In The Grass.

Their unique blend of manic stand up, song, solo sketch and storytelling has been dubbed "genius" (The Music), "sheer perfection" (Scenestr), "outrageous" (The Herald Sun), "thrilling" (The Saturday Paper) and "a must-see" (The Age).


Takashi first came to Australia as an exchange student in 2012 where he joined the local comedy scene. After returning to Japan and exploring both the Osaka and Tokyo comedy scenes, in2018 he moved to Australia and started his comedy career in earnest.

Takashi has performed in Comedy Zone Asia at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, on the ABC television show Tonightly with Tom Ballard, as well as Comedy Up Late and his solo shows have sold out at comedy festivals all around Australia. Stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western culture, Takashi brings a fresh and unique perspective on Aussie life. His insights into everyday life in Japan are sure to have you both fascinated and roaring with laughter.

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We regret to advise that there are no refunds or exchanges as per the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice. Should any performance be postponed due to intervening circumstances, you will have the option to transfer your ticket to the rescheduled performance or receive a full refund. Likewise, should any performance be cancelled due to intervening circumstances a full refund will be issued.

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  • Thursday, 08 June 2023 | 07:30 PM - 09:45 PM
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