Comic vows to bring her best

Geraldton Guardian

Victoria’s annual mecca of mirth has come to an end but luckily for WA audiences, a group of talented comedians are hitting the open road for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

In 2017, the roadshow will entertain crowds in 80 destinations across Australia, including Geraldton this weekend, before taking things further afield with an international tour across East Asia and India.

The Geraldton line-up includes Bob Franklin, who will be MC on the night, Guy Montgomery, Jess Perkins, Tommy Dean and Danielle Walker.

Jess Perkins is a RAW Comedy National Finalist, who was hand-picked to perform as part of the Comedy Zone, a showcase of the best up-and-coming comedy talent, for the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Since then, she has performed comedy all over the country to audiences big and small.

Having appeared on ABC2’s Comedy Up Late, SBS2’s The Roadshow and Channel 31’s About Tonight, Jess is becoming one of Australia’s brightest new comic stars.

Born and raised in Melbourne, she said the upcoming roadshow would mark her first trip to WA.

“I am really excited because after this trip, I can say I have been to every State in Australia,” she said.

“It is always good to perform to different audiences in different places as you can see what makes people tick and what makes them laugh.

“This year, the comedian line-up features a range of ages, experience and comedy styles, so there should be something for everyone.”

Jess said the roadshow was all about bringing out her best stuff.

“When you are performing in your hometown, you can wing it a little, and try some new stuff out,” she said.

“But the roadshow is about bringing out your best bits and making sure you are polished and can make the audience laugh.

“You also have to be relaxed and ready to go with the flow if something funny happens on the night.”

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow performances will be at Queens Park Theatre on June 9 and 10.

The show is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. For more information, visit https://qpt.cgg.wa.gov.au/events-calendar/4461/melbourne-international-comedy-festival.

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