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Comedy festival comes to town

Joel Creasey

Joel Creasey

SOME of the hottest acts in this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival will venture out on a road trip that includes a stop at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on May 21 to 23 for one of Wollongong’s annual favourite nights out – the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Now in its 15th year, the Roadshow will share the Comedy Festival hijinks with punters outside the Melbourne metropolitan post-code as a cast of local names, newcomers and overseas guests spread their comedy chaos with far-flung audiences across the country.

The roll call for Wollongong includes Joel Creasey (as MC for the evening), Bob Franklin, Jimmy McGhie (UK), Felicity Ward and Kevin Kropinyeri.

Last year’s Roadshow hit the dirt track with 90 performances in over 65 Australian towns, covering a distance of more than 25,000km, before taking the tour to the world for sell-out seasons in Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) Burelli St, Wollongong.

Performance times: Tues May 21 8pm, Wed May 22 6.30pm, Thurs May 23 6.30pm & 9.30pm.

Prices: Adult: $39; Conc/Group 8+: $34 (Transaction fees apply to phone and internet bookings)

Tickets: Call the box office on (02) 4224 5999 or visit


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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