Stand-ups head down

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 25, 2019

FIVE big names in comedy are heading to Albany this week for a one-night-only performance from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Comedians Tom Cashman, Kirsty Webeck, Paul Williams, Xavier Michelides and Mawaan Rizwan will hit up the Albany Entertainment Centre on May 26.

The Project writer and comedian Xavier Michelides has performed across the country for many years and starred in No Show with Ben Russell and Maggie Look, podcast Tokyo Hotel and worked on You’re Skitting Me and ROVE live.

Described as a festival veteran, Michelides will bring his “unique brand of surreal character comedy” to Albany.

Newcomer to the comedic scene Paul Williams has already performed in four countries since 2016 and was nominated for two awards at the Melbourne and New Zealand International Comedy Festivals respectively.

He is “very sorry” if you don’t enjoy his work.

Straight from the UK, actor, comedian and writer Mawaan Rizwan will bring his sparkly tracksuit and confessional stand-up comedy to the show.

He shot to fame via his Youtube channel, where he landed his mother a Bollywood acting career by including her in his videos, as well as with his acting work, such as in BAFTA-winning television series DNN.

The final act on the bill will be Melbourne-based comedian Kirsty Webeck.

Webeck made her debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015 with her show Hoping for the Best and has since performed sell-out shows at the festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Fellow Aussie comedian Tom Cashman will MC the evening.

Tickets are still on sale for this Sunday’s May 26 performance and can be purchased via the Albany Entertainment Centre’s website or at the box office.