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Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

The Comedy Zone

Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

The Comedy Zone

Comedy’s newest heroes – assemble! The Comedy Zone is comin’ at ya with supercharged stand-up from five new stars, handpicked by the Festival. These comedy crusaders are fast, fresh and fiercely funny, bound to be flying high before too long. See them now before they’re stratospheric!

Blake Freeman (VIC)
Blake Freeman is one of Mebourne’s brightest new comedians, making a name for himself with his own brand of energetic and goofy comedy. Through his youthful energy and charismatic delivery Blake weaves charming stories, making the intensely personal relatable. He’s written for television, toured nationally and hosted his own radio show – definitely a star on the rise!

‘Funny, likeable… spins a yarn with flair.’ Adelaide Advertiser

Bonnie Tangey (NSW) 
In her few years on the stand-up scene Sydneysider Bonnie Tangey has definitely made her mark. With a mixture of prop comedy, poetry, dance and stand-up Bonnie delivers hilarity in a style all her own, earning her the Runner-up title in 2017’s RAW Comedy National Grand Final. Bonnie’s comedy is serious business – she’s deadpan, distinctive and deliciously droll.

‘Absolutely hilarious.’ Squirrel Comedy

Jack Gramenz (QLD) 
Performing since he was just 17, Queensland native and RAW Comedy finalist Jack Gramenz has taken the scene by storm. He’s spent half of the last decade making waves across Brisbane, delivering acerbic and insightful comedy with a distinctively absurd twist. He’s been seen and heard across ABC TV and radio, and after spending time working in commercial media he truly is ‘happy to be here’.

‘Some of Australia’s best undiscovered creative talent.’ GQ Australia

Rowan Thambar (NSW) 
With an impressive comic resumé boasting performances across the USA and Canada, Rowan Thambar is a name to watch out for. Combining musical comedy and stand-up with stories of growing up Australian-Sri Lankan, Rowan’s comedy is full of heart and delightfully silly. He’s a Class Clowns National Finalist and Melbourne Fringe ‘Best Comedy’ nominee bound to have more accolades to his name before long.

‘A strong comedic talent… skilled musician and sharp wit.’ Newcastle Herald

Zack Dyer (VIC) 
2017 RAW Comedy National Champion Zack Dyer describes himself as ‘as Aussie as they come’. With a background as a labourer, Zack spent his first years in comedy in far-North Queensland, perfecting his unique brand of laid back absurdity. Instantly likeable, Zack charms and relaxes audiences with wonderfully silly comedy.

‘Punchy, quick and fast on his feet.’ Herald Sun


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