Comedy Roadshow making Whyalla stop

SHOW: Alex Ward will be one of the comedians on stage in Whyalla for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. Photo: Supplied

SHOW: Alex Ward will be one of the comedians on stage in Whyalla for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. Photo: Supplied

After being cancelled in 2020, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is visiting Whyalla next week.

The Roadshow has rolled across the country and is making its way to the Steel City for a night of laughs.

The show will be hosted by MC Josh Earl who will be joined by Alex Ward, Matt Ford, Sam Taunton and Takashi Wakasugi.

Mr Earl said he had performed in Whyalla as part of the 2010 Roadshow and was excited to return more than a decade later.

"I'm hoping everyone is excited for the gig so we can get straight to having some fun," he said.

"I won't be making fun of the front row so feel free to sit up nice and close and we can have a chat."

Mr Earl said he enjoyed performing in historic theatres across the country, and sites you would not normally associate with a comedy show.

Ms Ward, who will be performing in Whyalla for the first time - "I'm looking forward to seeing this hill I keep hearing all about" - said it would be a great night for a laugh.

"I like to tell stories about my life, usually something that has annoyed me and now we can all joke about it," she said.

"The best bit [about Roadshow] is getting to go to perform and be taken to places you might now have considered on your own.

"I haven't figured out is sharing a car with comedians all day is the best or the worst."

Whyalla's show will take place at the Middleback Arts Centre on Friday, May 14 and centre manager Ryan Sutherland said after a COVID cancellation and recent events that had stung the city, it would be good to have a laugh.

"The comedy roadshow is a touring show that has happened at the Middleback Arts Centre for a few years, but we missed out last year," she said.

"There will be five comedians on stage for stand-up sets - each with a slightly different style.

"In Whyalla we have had some tough news recently and we all need a good laugh and a good night out, that is a bit cheeky and funny, and slightly inappropriate."

She said tickets for the show were still available and could be booked online through countryarts.org.au, or by calling the box office on 8644 7300.