Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow brings upcoming comedian Sam Taunton to Launceston

BELLY OF LAUGHS: Comedian Sam Taunton will perform as part of the Comedy Roadshow at the Princess Theatre. Picture: supplied.
BELLY OF LAUGHS: Comedian Sam Taunton will perform as part of the Comedy Roadshow at the Princess Theatre. Picture: supplied.

A killer cast of comedians will soon call the stage of the Princess Theatre home. 

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will bring a team of talented Australian comedians, including Bob Franklin, Cal Wilson and Sam Taunton to Tasmania.

Nath Valvo and Sean Choolburra will also grace the stage with their presence. 

Taunton said he’d never been to Tasmania before and was excited for the opportunity.

“A lot of times you get to go to areas that don’t really have a comedy scene, so this might be the only chance they get to see comedy for the year. So everyone is normally really excited that you’re coming. Doing roadshow is the best fun you can have doing comedy.” he said. 

Taunton said the comedians will all do a 20 minutes set. 

“Everyone just goes out and does their best stuff,” he said. 

“From my set they should just expect me trying to give it a go … I do a lot of conversational comedy, so I’ll chat and I’ll tell some funny stories about things that have happened to me.

“It’ll be a generic white guy doing comedy.”

Growing up in Woolongong, Taunton didn’t always expect to become a comedian, despite trying. 

“When I was at school I was always trying to be funny, and failing. But I always wanted to do stand up, but I never got the courage and then I moved to Melbourne and one afternoon I was like ‘I’m going to do it’,” he said.

Taunton started comedy nearly three years ago, entering in the Raw Comedy Festival. 

“They do it all around Australia and I ended up coming third from that and I kind of just kept going from that. Then the next year I was in Showcase and this year I’ve done my own solo show,” he said.  

Last year Taunton also toured with the International Comedy Roadshow in Asia. 

“Try (doing a gig) in the heart of Asia where the audience speak English as a second language,” he said.  

The roadshow will travel to over 80 destinations. 

“We all stay in the same place, travel around together and all fly together, eat together and see the local sites together, it’s a real sort of road trip for comedians,” Taunton said. 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be at the Princess Theatre on April 26. Tickets are available from Theatre North. 

From my set they should just expect me trying to give it a go … It’ll be a generic white guy doing comedy

Comedian Sam Taunton