Show full of laughs on the way

FUNNY GUY: Dane Simpson has traveled around Australia performing various comedy shows.

FUNNY GUY: Dane Simpson has traveled around Australia performing various comedy shows.

It's been a few years between jokes, but the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on its way to South Australia - and more specifically, Whyalla - next week.

This road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, including Cal Wilson, Georgie Carroll, Bob Franklin, Bev Killick, Dane Simpson, Ivan Aristeguieta, Mel Buttle and Sam Taunton.

As a country boy from Wagga Wagga Dane Simpson told the Whyalla News he was looking forward to entertaining locals at the Middleback Arts Centre.

"I don't want to just pump out jokes, I like to form a real connection with the crowd when I go to a rural town," he said.

"I do like to switch things up with my material when I perform in regional areas. I try to get an understanding of where we are by walking downtown to meet people and having a look at the sights.

"That's an awesome part of the job, getting a real feel for what's going on in a regional town. I'm super keen to perform in Whyalla."

One of Australia's rapidly rising stars, Dane starred in the hit standup comedy show "Aborigi-LOL" which sold out its entire season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year.

He toured Western Australia with his variety show Great Danes towards the end of 2018 and also performed at the Commonwealth Games Festival.

For Dane, performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is an opportunity to perform alongside some of his comedy idols in Mel Buttle and Bob Franklin.

"I grew up watching Bob perform on telly, he's one of my favourite people. To be sharing a stage with him now is crazy for me," he said.

"This is one of the biggest gigs I've had in my career, I'm absolutely stoked to be a part of it."

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be at the Middleback Arts Centre on Tuesday, June 25 starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at the box office or from countryarts.org.au.