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Laugh Breaks: Finding the Limelight

'How did you get your big break?' It’s a question asked of every successful performer in the comedy industry. Tales abound of mates dobbing in mates for open mic comedy comps, along with household names who cut their teeth doing sketch, improv or stand-up in late-night comedy rooms.

Is it luck, timing, talent or all three? Laugh Breaks: Finding the Limelight will see a fantastic panel of comedians share tales of ‘making it’ in showbiz. They’ll share how they worked their way up the ladder (or smashed through the barriers); and discuss how to launch a successful comedy career. Join us for an entertaining event about discovery, fame and those career-defining moments that can change an artist’s trajectory.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.

Laugh Breaks: Finding the Limelight


Portrait of Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper started on the stage – crafting engaging, innovative live shows that blended stand-up, theatre and some hammer dancing.

Her 2006 show, Oh, earned her both critical acclaim and a nomination for the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer award. A born storyteller with a sharp wit, Claire has gone on to regularly perform at festivals and comedy rooms all over the country.

Portrait of Lawrence Leung

Lawrence Leung

Lawrence is an award winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and documentary-maker. He created the ABC1 comedy shows Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable and the AFI Award-nominated Choose Your Own Adventure and co-wrote and starred in ABC2's action/comedy series Maximum Choppage. Recently, he wrote an episode of The Family Law (SBS2) and played a sleazy nerd in Jane Campion's Top of the Lake.

Portrait of Edwina Lunn

Edwina Lunn

Edwina Lunn leads a team of programmers and producers across participatory public realm, access and inclusion, youth, families and children, and creative learning as Director of Programming at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Edwina’s background is in festival work that includes management and programming roles at Darwin Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

She has also worked as an independent producer/executive producer on her own projects and with companies including ILBIJERRI Theatre Co, Black Arm Band, Melbourne Festival, Strut & Fret, Melbourne Recital Centre and La Soiree. And a very long time ago, Edwina wrote and performed in comedy for stage and television.

Portrait of Ivan Aristeguieta

Ivan Aristeguieta

From his ABC sitcom, Lost in Pronunciation, to his debut live standup TV special, Chorizo Sizzle, Ivan exploded onto the scene in 2016 with his brilliant observations on Aussie culture and food, taking him around the country, headlining theatres and selling out festivals. In 2012, Ivan migrated from Venezuela to Adelaide and took up the challenge of performing comedy in a second language. Six months later he collected his first comedy award and was chosen to perform in Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Comedy Zone and Roadshow


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