Preview Guide

Split your sides with standup comedy!

By Ninart LuiEvents - 19 July 2011 9:00 AM | Updated 22 July 2011

Split your sides with standup comedy!

WIN! A pair of Standard tickets (with free flow of wine during interval) worth $178. Find out how.

With a generation weaned off Seinfeld and other popular American standup comedians like Dave Chappelle and Eddie Murphy, Singaporeans are fast becoming a appreciative, self-deprecating bunch when it comes to standup comedy (and being poked fun at).

Together with a fast growing expat bunch with mature standup scenes where they’re from, this sets the stage for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow being the massively popular, quickly sold-out affairs that they are.

If this hasn’t convinced you to snap up tickets as soon as possible yet, perhaps this year’s stellar lineup of performers would. After enduring the cold of winter Melbourne for a month, these comedians are all ready to break loose!

Bob Franklin & Josh Thomas

Combining well-known comedians with newcomers and a slew of overseas guests, there’s no topic too unbroachable for these folks. With the festival back in Singapore for their 7th visit, the lineup (not fully confirmed) includes famed comedian and scriptwriter Bob Franklin, 19 year-old stellar young upstart Josh Thomas and multi-award winning Melbourne-based comedian Felicity Ward, among others.

We catch up with Bob Franklin for a short chat:

Hi Bob! Welcome to Singapore. Can you sum up in your own words, why this year's Melbourne's Comedy Festival shouldn't be missed?

    Anything with the word ‘festival’ in is worth investigating.

    Is there anything you are particular looking forward to doing when here?

    I find looking forward to things just leads to disappointment.

    What do you think is the most universal icebreaker when it comes to standup comedy?

    Those ships that are specifically designed to break ice are, ironically, the one thing everyone can relate to.

    What inspires you when it comes to new material? 

    Icebreaking ships.

    And finally, a word of advice for aspiring comedians?

    Do at least six months service on an icebreaking ship.

    Again, we urge you to quickly grab those tickets, before they’re gone so fast you’ll wish you actually listened!


    The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is on from Jul 27-30, at the DBS Arts Centre. Tickets are $46-69 and are available through SISTIC. For the latest details of the cast, please visit