Get a dose of humour from Down Under

Another festival of laughs is on the horizon, promising a wild weekend of comedic fun. The superstars of Australia's comedy scene will bring you the best of comedy festivals at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) Roadshow, making its pit stop in Malaysia as it travels around the world splitting sides and throwing people off their chairs July 4th and 5th, exclusively at the PJ Live Arts Centre @ Jaya One. Last year, they performed a total of 109 shows in more than 60 regional towns and cities across Australia, before concluding the tour with a sell-out international leg visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, and India.

his edition of the MICF will showcase a collection of funnies from various nationalities, which includes Malaysian-born Ronny Chieng – finally returning for his homeland debut after a successful career start in the land down under.

A regular on the lists of rising comedians and faces to watch, Chieng won the Best Newcomer award at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals (MICF) for his debut stand up show, The Ron Way. The critically acclaimed show sold out its entire MICF season including extra shows, and received raving reviews at the Sydney Comedy Festival that same year.

Others included in this year's line-up are Harley Breen, always equipped with side splitting material about the idiosyncrasies of being a new age dad to dodgy tales of his beloved old Kingswood; all without missing a beat, as well as Anne Edmonds, an most exciting new stand up character and banjo playing comedian who burst into the comedy scene in 2010 as a national finalist in Raw Comedy – Australia's premier comedy talent quest – and went on to be nominated for 'Best Emerging Comedy Talent' at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Another highlight of the festival will be 23-year old Joel Creasey, who broke out on stage at 19 moving on to be one of the best know comedians in Australia. Fondly named "The Acid Tongue Prince", Joel has built a cult following that is rapidly spreading into the wider Australian community, enticing people everywhere with his intelligent observations and acerbic brand of comedy. Also performing is Luke McGregor who's debut in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show "My Soul mate is out of my League" played to sold out rooms and won the prestigious Best Newcomer Award.

Viewers should be warned that there might be a touch of coarse language, sexual references and potentially offensive material, but then again what is comedy without risk? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will stage at PJ Live Arts Theatre @ Jaya One from July 4 to 5 at 8.30pm.

Tickets are priced at RM80 (economy) and RM100 (premium). For group bookings, you can get 6 economy seats for RM450 and six premium seats for RM550 (RM400 and RM500 respectively for Live card members). For enquiries, call PJ Live Arts at +60 3 79600439 or Box Office at +6017 2-BUY-TIX | +6017 2289849. Buy online at www.tix.my. For more information and promotions, visit www.pjlivearts.my

This article was published on July 1, 2014 in The Malaysian Insider.