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Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour
“The Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour visit will not only entertain audiences but inspire local comedians, directors and actors to consider a career in stand-up comedy or theatre. Creative associations with Melbourne companies such as these are essential to keep enthusiasm for the arts within our isolated rural community.” Gavin Roberts, Stratford Courthouse
The project is to tour a group of mid-career, critically-acclaimed comedians to regional towns in Victoria, and offer comedy workshops to support the local arts and comedy scene. Each show will include one local comedian and four touring professional comedians on stage for approximately 2 hours. Each performer will present a solo set of up to 20 minutes. Our vision is for the shows will be presented in partnership with local theatres & clubs. Artistically, the show will explore notions of identity in the modern world, challenging audiences to confront social norms and conventional thinking through humour. We cover a wide range of themes including masculinity and femininity, racism, mental illness, nostalgia, marriage equality, pop culture, and the contradictions of everyday life in modern Australia. We work with a range of comedians who reflect the diversity of modern Australian audiences, including women, LGBTQI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and comedians from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our project builds on three, small scale regional tours in 2016/2017, which received positive feedback but require more tangible support from venues to reach its full potential.
History & background
The Amazing Traveling Comedy Tour aims to bring Australia’s best new comedic artists to audiences outside major cities. We are the only touring company wholly dedicated to touring comedy to regional areas, and the only touring comedy line up show outside of the Comedy Festival Roadshow. Our vision is to bring live comedy to new audiences, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience it. Through this, we support the artistic development of comedians as well as support & build local talent by providing local comics an opportunity to perform or learn at the accompanying workshop.
Marketing selling points
1. See comedians from TV shows and popular podcasts in your home town 2. Critically acclaimed comedians with solid credentials - these performers could be the next big thing and you could get a chance to see them in your town before they make it big 3. A line up of four comedians, + a local performer is an opportunity to get a "taste" of a variety of comedy styles as well as see an up and coming local as part of a great night out with friends, family or colleagues.
Key audience and marketing notes
From our previous test shows we have found that our audience fall into one of two categories: 1. Dedicated comedy fans. These people may already be aware of the artists, the TV shows they have appeared in or they listen to their podcasts. They come and see the show for a chance to see comedians they admire in person, an opportunity that rarely happens in their town. 2. A passing interest in comedy. They have seen the poster, or heard from a friend that some comedians are coming to town. They may not be fans of the individual comedians but they know you can't go wrong with a night of comedy.
Community Engagement activities
We can offer a 90 minute workshop on stand up comedy for venues that are interested. These are for novice comedians, or those with very limited experience. These workshops are limited to 15 people and are part comedy theory, part workshopping of ideas. They are designed to give attendees some basic ground rules for writing jokes for a stand up routine, with the aim for them to walk about with 1-2 "bits" they can be confident will work on stage. We have found that they can be appealing for youth or local amateur theatre groups, or individuals with an interest in theatre or comedy
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Warm wash with spotlight (if available)
Hand held mic Laptop or phone input for music
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